It’s the old cliche about London buses, but you wait a long time for one DeLorean, and suddenly two appear at once. Well, another is coming - though it arguably carries the most pedigree.
Speaking with Hagerty, Kathyrn DeLorean, CEO of DeLorean Next Gen Motors, has confirmed it’s working on a C8 Corvette-based car. In case you’re wondering, DeLorean is the daughter of John DeLorean - founder of the original company.
Exact details are a little scarce, but DeLorean confirmed the plan is to take a factory-built C8, remove the Chevrolet bodywork and reskin it with DNG’s own - including a set of gullwing doors.
DeLorean said: “I needed to find a way to build an affordable car for the DeLorean community. They’ll be heartbroken forever if I don’t give them something.”
As well as this ‘entry-level’ model, DNG’s plan is to introduce a hand-built ‘Model JZD’, with 42 set to be made. This will be designed from the outset as an electric car, and previous renders have confirmed this too will get its own set of gullwings. Expect it to be significantly pricier than the ‘Vette–based car, though.
When exactly either of these cars is set to arrive remains a mystery - if only we had a time machine to go into the future to find out…
Meanwhile, there’s the other DeLorean company, which is currently developing the Alpha5. There’s no link between the two, with that particular DeLorean headed up by Joost de Vries - a former Karma Automotive executive.
Adding fuel to the flames, Kathryn DeLorean shared a render of the Model JZD on Instagram last year, with a caption directed at de Vries’ firm: “@deloreanmotorcompany Is not John DeLorean’s Company. DMC is not 40 years old, and not associated with the DeLorean family or my father’s ongoing legacy. Please stop lying and stop speaking about John now, he despised you.”
As Hagerty points out, there’s a third party in the mix - with Classic DMC holding the rights to the DeLorean name. Set up by a mechanic from Liverpool, Stephen Wynne, it made a business of reproducing spare parts for the original run of cars.
Classic DMC hasn’t (yet) made its own take on a modern DeLorean, but Wynne is said to hold a minority ownership of the company behind the Alpha5.