[DMCForum] "Where are they all?" [was: pre-production]
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[DMCForum] "Where are they all?" [was: pre-production]



Many of them were sold. (DMC recognized warranty claims for as early
VINs as 560.) Others were company cars, many of which have subsequently
been sold. Legend Industries got some of them, as did the DOT, for
engineering purposes. (Some of those that went to the latter, of course,
underwent crash-testing. 515, crash-tested, was even sold for parts
afterwards.)

The first production car was VIN 500. All DeLorean authorities agree on
this.

Since you asked "Where are they all?" Here's a partial answer gleaned
from the dmcnews.com website. Location, where reported, is given,
current as of 15 March 2003.

500 = A museum in Cleveland, OH.
502 = Australia.
514 = Ulster transport museum.
515 = Indiana. Purchased by Department Of Transportation. Crash tested.
517 = DOT.
520 = Company car.
528 = Dearborn Heights, MI. Legend Industries.
530 = Legend.
531 = DOT.
532 = Company car.
537 = DOT.
538 = BKM, Inc.
543 = G.M. Harrison Div.
548 = Company car.
549 = Olson Engineering.
550 = Company car. (T. Schnurr.)
558 = Legend.
559 = Company car.
560 = Company car. (M. McClung.)
561 = Company car.
562 = Company car. (J. Charles.)
568 = Company car. (E. Wrightsell.)
569 = Company car.
570 = Windsor, CT. Company car. (F. Rzernek.)
573 = Company car. (R. Patrick.)
575 = Company car. (G. Wagenhauser.)
577 = NJ.
608 = Newark, OH.
614 = Fort Lauderdale, FL. Company car. (R. Wemple.)
615 = Company car. (V. Capitanio.)
627 = Company car. (R. Bailey.)
628 = Company car.
635 = Manifest 10, warranty card.
643 = Company car.
647 = Company car.

Many cars after VIN 647 were also company cars, including 816, proving
false the assumption that company cars were "pre-production" or not
intended for the public.

I hope this helps somebody.

- Farrar



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