[DML] Sports car or GT - was: Aw Crud!
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[DML] Sports car or GT - was: Aw Crud!

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "robert parker" <roberthparker@...> wrote:
> Alright, my few pennies....  Some insurance companies won't insure 
> the Delorean because it is a "sports car". I asked them how could 
> this be when the DMC has only a little more horsepower than my '72
> Vega GT Wagon?  The response- "Oh, it has a tighter, "sports car" 
> suspension."  Hmmm.  OK, then the Lincoln Town Car with the adjustable 
> "firm-to-luxury-car" suspension switch could be also classified as a 
? "sports car"?

No, an adjustable ride suspension alone does not turn a land yacht
into a sports car. Also, as previously stated, horsepower is not a
defining factor in whether a car is a sports car or not. There were a
lot of British low horsepower sports cars. From Wikipedia:

"A large, powerful engine is not required; many of the early British
sports cars lacked a powerful engine and did not accelerate as quickly
as, say, muscle cars, but were known for having exceptional handling
characteristics due to their combination of light weight, carefully
engineered/balanced chassis and innovative suspension designs. Lotus
is often cited as an example of this approach. On tight, twisting
roads, such a car has higher effective performance than a heavier,
more powerful car with less cornering ability."

Interesting how this excerpt fits the DMC-12 so well even though it's
not specifically about the car.

> Well, I like my DMC GT , no matter how the insurance companies 
> choose to label it.

They label it according to what it is. It's a sports car. Also, as
previously stated, Bill Collins, the car's original engineer confirmed
to me personally that it was considered a sports car by JZD.


For those of you who wish to take the time to read them. these two
encyclopedia entries seem to make very good arguments for my case the
the DMC-12 is a sports car:

Sports car:


Grand Tourer:

Dan W.
VIN 16192

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