June 25, 2019

By: Jonathan


Original, Low-Mile DeLorean Being Auctioned For Charity

I don’t know a lot about charity nor do I about taxes, but I’ve always been told giving to the former can result in a write-off for the latter. If that’s true, then this 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 just got a whole lot sweeter.

By now we all know the story of the “Back to the Future car,” and this one is no different. Only 8,500 were ever produced and they’ve remained a favorite at auctions do in part to their scarcity, part to the intrigue of DeLorean as a person and brand, but primarily due to the Back to the Future franchise. This example is a first year 1981 which was found in the garage of only its second owner with just 18,975 original miles on the odometer. From engine to documentation and even a signed welcome letter by John DeLorean himself this is a highly original example of the famed car and would be a centerpiece at any auction based off that alone.

However, when it crosses the block at Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast auction this weekend it won’t be just as sought after DeLorean, but as a way of raising money. The car isn’t being sold for profit, which it stands to make a lot of, but rather with 100% of the hammer price going to the Automotive Technology Academy of the New York-based Rockland BOCES (Boards of Cooperative Educational Services) which benefits, “which delivers educational programs for students with special needs, teens interested in career and technical training, adult learners preparing for new job opportunities and educators seeking to upgrade their professional skills.”

Here’s to hoping one of teens technical training pays off so they can build us a time machine to go back and get us a DeLorean of our own.

[Photography courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.]

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