Movie buffs and super-nerds: The car of your dreams may soon become a reality.
In December 2015, lawmakers announced a revision to the Motor Vehicle Safety Act that would allow small-scale car manufacturers (that produce less than 5,000 cars a year) to create up to 325 new replica cars annually. These cars, designed more for aesthetics than daily use, would have the appearance of “vintage” automobiles, but with the features and conveniences of modern-day rides.
One company looking to cash in on the policy change is the Texas-based DeLorean Motor Company, which manufactured the iconic car featured in the 1985 film “Back To The Future.”
The DeLorean DMC-12, which served as a time machine in the movie, was celebrated for its sleek, sporty appearance and unconventional “gull-wing” doors.
DeLorean Motor Company Vice President James Espey told Forbes it will be a challenge to recreate the iconic car for modern drivers.
Most people we talk to love the look of the DeLorean [but] want the creature comforts that the cars they are used to driving now have.
If all official requirements and regulations are met, Espey hopes to start manufacturing the DeLorean replicas in 2017 and release them over the course of several years.
Each will cost between $80,000 and $100,000, and only 300 will be made.
Head to DeLorean Motor Company to learn more.