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



It's also interesting that the rear wheel pictured has 5 spokes, but the 
front has only 4.  That's something I've never seen done intentionally 
by a car manufacturer...

Regards,
Jon Heese

content22207 wrote:
> 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
> #5939
> 
>> --- 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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