Bringing the DeLorean of the Eighties Back to Future

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“The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?” Doc Brown

This futuristic classic of the eighties will always have a place in our hearts. The DeLorean DMC-12 is synonymous with the Back to the Future series, popping up recently as one owner received a speeding ticket for going 88 mph. (Where was Doc Brown on that one?)

The DeLorean has a striking silhouette with its gullwing doors and spartan stainless steel finish. Despite its looks, at 130 horsepower, it plodded its way up to 60mph in 10.5 seconds and had generally poor performance. Fittingly, in one episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry Seinfeld and Patton Oswald find themselves having to take an Uber after their DeLorean breaks down.

John DeLorean, himself, was a heavy hitter in the automotive industry — responsible for one of the original muscle cars — the 1964 Pontiac GTO. He has been described as a “flamboyant automobile industrialist” and the father of the glamour car. In 1975, he started the DeLorean Motor Company with the dream of creating an affordable sports car.

The DeLorean DMC-12 was born in January 1981 in a Northern Ireland factory just outside of Belfast. It came in five-speed manual or three-speed automatic. Despite investments from the likes of Johnny Carson, Sammy Davis, Jr., and the British government, the company was short lived, filling for bankruptcy in 1982, leaving a legacy of just 9,000 cars ever produced.

In 1995, a new privately held DeLorean Motor Company would surface, with Liverpool-born mechanic Stephen Wynne at the helm. His company continues to service and restore those DeLoreans that remain today.

He even has plans to bring back a small number of these cars for 2017.

Wynne told CNBC, “My dream with DeLorean is to really do the car some justice, and make it, not the car it should have been, because it was that, but the car it could have been.”

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Maserati Strikes with the Ghibli Touting ‘Affordable’ Luxury

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We’ve come to expect a certain variety of commercials during the Super Bowl from the likes of Budweiser, Dodge trucks, Coke/Pepsi and snacks like Doritos. Imagine our collective shock when one of the first commercials out of the gate was for luxury automotive brand Maserati — a brand known to carry a price tag of over $100,000 for its cars.

There is a method to this madness though. Maserati’s movie trailer-esque ad features the new Ghibli sports sedan (pronounced gib-lee and named after a North African windstorm). It’s the least expensive of the brand’s lineup — starting at $66,900. Officials say the ad was meant to show the North American market that the Ghibli encompasses “hard work, dedication, and an element of surprise.” Watch the commercial, below.

Pomp and circumstance aside, how does the Ghibli stack up? The base Ghibli does 0 to 60 in 5.5 seconds and can reach 165 mph at top speed, thanks to a 3.0 liter Twin-Turbo V6 producing 345 horsepower.

According to Daily Finance, the Ghibli will compete with the BMW 5-series and the Mercedes E-Class — though the point of entry to owning one of those is about $15K less.

But Maserati’s first foray into this market was well planned and executed. And in the car itself, they’ve produced a contender here, in terms of luxury styling and performance.

The company wants to sell 10,000-12,000 Ghiblis this year. And I won’t be complaining. I’d love to see a few more Maseratis on the road.

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Luxe Looks Good on American Muscle — The Equus Bass 770

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Style doesn’t end with fashion — in fact, some of the most inspirational objects appear outside of clothes themselves. Of late I’ve been inspired by sports cars, especially of the classic American muscle variety. I recently came across the Equus Bass 770 and was surprised by this hybrid of classic American style and the high-end touches of a luxury vehicle.

What’s not to love about vintage throwback style — the car has the striking silhouette of a 1960s fastback Mustang. And it’s fast — the 6.2L supercharged aluminum V8 gives the Bass 770 quite a kick (that’s the same engine as the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1). The car goes 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds, putting it at Ferrari status in terms of speed (similar to the 458 Spider, according to Top Gear).

Equus says the car sounds “characteristic of 1960’s and 1970’s muscle cars, easing from soft, elegant breathiness when cruising to a raging growl when the beast is unleashed.”

The car is a new take on the great classic muscle cars. Similarly to what Ralph Lauren did to create high-end American fashion, Equus is elevating and inspiring us with a luxe, vintage twist.

Photo from Equus Automotive.