Re: [DMCForum] Response to DW D1 add and Extreme Prices for DOA Las Vega
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Re: [DMCForum] Response to DW D1 add and Extreme Prices for DOA Las Vegas event

Well said Bob.

Mike   TPS   1630

--- Bob Brandys <BobB@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hey, I value my car, too!
> Unlike many other DeLorean vendors, DeLorean One
> refuses to sell LED 
> door lights, improved spark plugs, or xenon
> headlight kits. These parts 
> are not original equipment, and DeLorean One worries
> these parts may 
> ?reduce the value of the car? to a prospective
> purchaser.? See page 20 
> of DeLorean World Magazine, Winter 2007.
> Let?s put the value of concours aside for a moment
> and admit to 
> ourselves that the stock DeLorean was only 80%
> perfect off the assembly 
> line. Granted, our cars will almost never rust. Our
> PRV engines have 
> been known to crank out over 250,00 miles. Our sleek
> stainless 
> body-lines are bold and powerful. John DeLorean said
> they built his car 
> with the quality and precision of a BMW. He called
> it ?the ethical 
> car.?  These are all reasons why we love our cars.
> Can we also admit to ourselves that our roof seals
> leak, our alternator 
> belts break, our windows are too small, our door
> locks drain our 
> batteries, and our cooling fans fail? I strongly
> believe that DeLorean 
> Motor Company would have fixed these issues, had
> they not been shut 
> down by political pressure. Now the responsibility
> for reengineering 
> and improving the car ? falls on us owners. As
> owners, we have two 
> choices ? we can stagnate and cling to what the car
> was, or we can take 
> our cars of the future forward and explore what the
> car would have 
> been. As an owner, I feel I owe it to John to fix
> the few problems that 
> snuck through before he had time to fix them. I want
> to take the dream 
> that was pulled out from under DeLorean?s feet and
> make that a reality.
> If you are of a similar mindset, no doubt you?ve
> explored some of the 
> upgrades available from the many vendors out there.
> Vendors make 
> upgraded cooling systems, door locks, door poppers,
> trunk poppers, 
> improved alternators, stainless steel frames, and
> LED door lights, just 
> to name a few things. All these upgrades use
> technology that didn?t 
> exist in 1981, or was prohibitively expensive at
> that time. As 
> technology improves, we should embrace those
> improvements in our cars, 
> take out what is now obsolete and upgrade it to the
> industry standard, 
> keeping our cars timeless into the coming decades.
> Some vendors may 
> feel slandered by the DeLorean One advertisement.
> These vendors deserve 
> our respect, because they pour hundreds of hours
> into developing these 
> modernizing kits. They work hard at keeping the
> dream alive.
> What made the DeLorean unique was the way it defied
> convention. JZD 
> always expressed his interest to move forward to new
> technologies, 
> while GM and others continued to stagnate. In his
> book, On a Clear Day 
> you can see GM, DeLorean says that corporate
> stubbornness to embrace 
> the future is exactly why he left to start his own
> company. And, when 
> JZD spoke to DeLorean Car Show attendees in
> Cleveland, we all saw how 
> excited John was about carbon-fiber bodies, because
> they are lighter 
> and stronger. If DeLorean had been allowed to stay
> in business, would 
> he still be using plywood shelves, defective fan
> relays, energy-wasting 
> lock solenoids, and other substandard parts? Or
> would he have pushed 
> his car forward, closer to the perfection embodied
> by the phrase, ?live 
> the dream? ?
> In my college ethics class, we learned the
> difference between intrinsic 
> and extrinsic value. The intrinsic value of a
> DeLorean is the fun you 
> get as you enjoy driving it. The many imperfections
> in the design hurt 
> the intrinsic value, because your DeLorean
> experience is less joyous. 
> The modifications I made to my car allow it to
> operate more reliably 
> and confidently than when it left the factory. If I
> enjoy my LED door 
> lights because I can leave my doors up at shows,
> who?s to say a 
> ?potential purchaser? isn?t going to find intrinsic
> value in leaving 
> his doors up too? As the recent Barrett-Jackson
> auctions have shown, 
> old cars with updated electronics and modern
> improvements generally 
> sell for substantially more than cars with
> All-Original-Equipment.
> If you?re worried about the resale value of your
> car, then you don?t 
> value the car intrinsically, you value the car
> extrinsically, or as 
> means to an end.
> Ethics teaches us that it is immoral to treat people
> as means to an 
> end. A person should have final value, not
> instrumental value. If you 
> believe that John DeLorean?s dream has final value,
> then you shouldn?t 
> be greedy about the potential resale value of your
> car.
> Any DeLorean owner who clings to the failings of the
> past out of a 
> sense of nostalgia, or intends to increase their
> car?s dollar value by 
> reinstalling faulty components is a hypocrite. These
> DeLorean One 
> purists misinterpret the essence of what it means to
> live John 
> DeLorean?s dream. There is nothing about living the
> dream that involves 
> backward-thinking or bean-counting. If you care
> about how much money 
> you can get in exchange for your car, then you
> should sell it, and go 
> buy a Bentley. There?s no room for prostitutes in
> the DeLorean 
> community I know.
> -Ryan Brandys, VIN #4190
> [Non-text portions of this message have been
> removed]
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