[DML] Re: National Geographic April 1981
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[DML] Re: National Geographic April 1981

Thank you so much for the picture Tiff!

I suspect it was taken in Hethel (Lotus), not Dunmurry. Notice the
barn walls in the background.

This obviously is not a production automobile. Notice the position of
the side marker lenses. The door also has no toll booth window.

But the single most important feature of your picture is the rear
wheel -- it is exactly the same diameter as the front wheel! Had to
print it out to verify, but sure enough -- both rims are 100% same
diameter. Compared to a same size printout of a production car, the
difference is striking.

You have provided photographic evidence of a design quirk I have long
maintained. The question is: Why in the world did DMC design a spare
tire well that is too small to hold a flat rear tire? It isn't due to
surrounding space limitation -- the Brandys proved that with their
enlarged spare well. I suspect that the body molds were made in
anticipation of a 14" rear wheel, and that the 15" rear was a late
design change, made after the molds were already in existence. Your
magazine picture clearly shows people laboriously cleaning a car with
14" rear rims.

It also shows a nose high stance, which seems to contradict the theory
that Lotus designed the car to sit lower in the front. I'll leave that
controversy for the next poster....

Bill Robertson

>--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Tiffany Olejnik"
<bck2thefuture88@...> wrote:
> While digging through my mom's National Geographic collection, I found
> an issue from April 1981 that happened to mention the Delorean Motor
> Company. I've uploaded an image to the files section:
> (national_geographic_dmc_plant.jpg) 
> Tiffany
> Vin#3691


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