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    Quote Originally Posted by louielouie2000 View Post
    Roughly 100 cars were completed after Consolidated took the reigns (roughly VINs 20000 to 20105), but I've never heard of that taking place in Ohio. The only car I'm aware of that was assembled in Ohio is VIN 20105, the car Consolidated assembled from the spare American Express gold plated panels and raffled off (and given the last DeLorean VIN). To be best of my knowledge, all other cars were completed in Northern Ireland.
    Consolidated didn’t assemble 20105 In Ohio. It was assembled at the factory. Consolidated simply swapped the exterior panels when it arrived in the States. The finished product had one gold plated door that didn’t match the rest of the car, due to the DMCL gold plating crew not having enough time to plate 3 complete sets of panels while they were renting the equipment. This forced Consolidated to gold plate a door in the States in order to complete the panel swap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CFI View Post
    Consolidated didnít assemble 20105 In Ohio. It was assembled at the factory. Consolidated simply swapped the exterior panels when it arrived in the States. The finished product had one gold plated door that didnít match the rest of the car, due to the DMCL gold plating crew not having enough time to plate 3 complete sets of panels while they were renting the equipment. This forced Consolidated to gold plate a door in the States in order to complete the panel swap.
    Don't forget they had to swap out the interior, too! Mechanically speaking, VIN 20105 was most certainly built (to some extent) in Dunmurry. The car was thought to be a much earlier production car that was re-VIN'd, which makes you wonder if it was one of the infamous "problem cars" that sat unfinished at the factory. This is why I referred to its final assembly taking place in Ohio. Cosmetically speaking, the car doesn't carry any of the components it left the factory with except possibly the engine cover & louvers. An incomplete list of everything that was swapped: the doors, all 4 quarter panels, hood, t-panel, both fascias, the wheels, center caps, exhaust tips; all of the interior: the seats, carpets, headliners, dash, binnacle, console, arm rest, change tray, knee pads, steering wheel, steering column trim, A&B pillar trims, upper & lower door trim, etc were all swapped out in Ohio. Anyway, not trying to split hairs here. DeLorean history just fascinates me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CFI View Post
    Consolidated didnít assemble 20105 In Ohio. It was assembled at the factory. Consolidated simply swapped the exterior panels when it arrived in the States. The finished product had one gold plated door that didnít match the rest of the car, due to the DMCL gold plating crew not having enough time to plate 3 complete sets of panels while they were renting the equipment. This forced Consolidated to gold plate a door in the States in order to complete the panel swap.
    The story I heard was that when they went to assemble the car, the door was missing. All the gold panels for all three cars were done in one batch so they would all match. When they had the door plated by itself it did not match the other panels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David T View Post
    The story I heard was that when they went to assemble the car, the door was missing. All the gold panels for all three cars were done in one batch so they would all match. When they had the door plated by itself it did not match the other panels.
    Thatís surely is an interesting thing that golden plated Delorean!

    I know itís off topic here but I was wondering why nobody tried to have their D candy yellow painted? I know there are red candy painted D, but not so sure with yellow/with that golden glow? It would look warm. And could look like the plated ones somewhat...

    Maybe my comment here is stupid, so it may be not be too much off topic after all...😉

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    Quote Originally Posted by David T View Post
    The story I heard was that when they went to assemble the car, the door was missing. All the gold panels for all three cars were done in one batch so they would all match. When they had the door plated by itself it did not match the other panels.
    I think it was Nick Suttonís book that explains it. Of the 3 sets of panels that were shipped for plating, all arrived safely except one door which had a bent corner. The plating equipment was only available for a short time, too short for another door to be shipped. Someone, somewhere, plated a replacement door for Consolidated but it wasnít the Dunmurry team.

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