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    The Birth Of Delorean Cars Belfast 1981

    Haven't seen this one posted. I wonder if any of the kids from the video own a DeLorean today.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIqLx7lNKR0

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    Thanks for sharing.

    "Have you guys done this before". Classic stuff from John DeLorean.

    A few observations on the pretty rough show car/early production prototype?


    It's interesting to see the door piston/strut facing this direction…




    The wheels look totally solid.




    The fascia color is very light. Production cars seem to be a lot darker.




    And check out that enormous handbrake to the right of the driver seat

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    Although some have said that calling the first builds "Pilots" would be a misnomer, at 2:50 that's the term he uses himself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Bennett View Post
    Thanks for sharing.

    "Have you guys done this before". Classic stuff from John DeLorean.

    A few observations on the pretty rough show car/early production prototype?
    Yea, neat video, thanks for putting this up.

    I also wondered about what that display car was all about? It looks closer to the production cars than the Proto1 version with the brown leather, but it still has some things you can see that weren't fine tuned yet.

    No seatbelts that I can see in addition to the monster sized parking brake lever.

    The rear (red) door light looks like it's not exactly where it would ultimately end up (looks like it is more on the bottom edge than the rear edge).

    No HVAC vents coming from the corners of the dash into the doors.

    And that's one heckuva lower engine cover spring/latch mechanism. Looks like the inside of a super-sized epipen or something.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan View Post
    No seatbelts that I can see in addition to the monster sized parking brake lever.
    Not to mention the parking brake lever appears to be on the right side of the driver seat, unless my eyes are tricking me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Bennett View Post

    The wheels look totally solid.
    Those are hub-caps made to look like the production wheels.

    -Nick Pitello

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    Very cool video. Thanks for sharing.
    One other thing I noticed is that the toll booth windows don’t seem to be there yet, unless the tint was hiding them. Was it a solid piece or was it a slider?
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    Although JZD says that car was built in the factory.... it looks like the Visioneering car to me, going by the interior, the hubcaps, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmcjohn View Post
    Although JZD says that car was built in the factory.... it looks like the Visioneering car to me, going by the interior, the hubcaps, etc.
    +1 on the V-car
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