Saratoga Motorcar Auction Is Selling A DeLorean Out of Long-Term Ownership

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In a Timeless Twist, Vintage 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 Undergoes $15,000 Restoration.

A meticulously maintained 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 is turning heads and revving hearts once again, following an extensive series of professional maintenance updates. Currently owned for an astonishing 37 years by a singular owner, the classic vehicle has never known life outside a cozy garage. The iconic stainless-steel exterior gleams as if it just rolled off the assembly line yesterday, thanks to consistent, dutiful upkeep.

The current owner didn't spare any effort or expense in rejuvenating this timeless piece of automotive history. A whopping $15,000 has recently been invested in the car's restoration. The extensive overhaul covered every critical area, ranging from the fuel system—where the filter, pump, and accumulator were replaced—to clutch work, a new water pump, a master brake cylinder, electrical updates, a new fuse box, and a fresh battery. The tune-up didn't stop there; it also included a thorough oil change and miscellaneous other enhancements.

The car doesn't just come with revamped hardware; it arrives with a treasure trove of documentation that will continue to accompany it. This includes everything from the original window sticker to the owner's manual, as well as a comprehensive array of parts and repair manuals. It's not just a car; it's a legacy on wheels.

In a captivating touch, all the parts that have been replaced over the DeLorean's long life have been retained. The owner has kept these pieces not as mere spare parts, but as tangible fragments of the car's fascinating journey through time—sans flux capacitor, of course.

In the era of rapid technological advancements where electric vehicles and self-driving features are capturing public imagination, the charm of vintage, meticulously cared-for cars like this DeLorean DMC-12 stands as a testament to the enduring allure of classic design and mechanical integrity.


The owner's dedication to preserving this vintage gem ensures that the DeLorean's lore will continue to captivate new generations of car enthusiasts. With a rich history, a recent $15,000 revitalization, and decades of documentation, this isn't just a car; it's an automotive time capsule that's poised to be the dream acquisition for any serious collector or movie fan.

The Saratoga Motorcar Auctions, now in its seventh year, will take place in Saratoga Springs, New York on September 22 & 23, 2023 at the Saratoga Casino Hotel. Gates open at 3:00 pm and the Auction will begin at 5:00 pm on Friday. Gates open at 9:00 am and the Auction will begin at 10:00 am on Saturday.

To consign your vehicle, please contact Bill Windham at 518-401-5180 or Kyle Hennessey at 518-275-6865

You can also register to bid.

Auction parking can be found at the Saratoga Casino Hotel 342 Jefferson St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

100% of the proceeds from the Saratoga Motorcar Auction support the Saratoga Automobile Museum, a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit.

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