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Production Changes

Although there were not typical "yearly" updates to the De Lorean, there were several changes that were made to the DeLorean during production.  The most visible of these changes related to the hood style.  Click on a thumbnail below for a bigger image.

Hood Styling

The original hood of the De Lorean had groves running down both sides.  It also included a gas-flap to ease in the opening to ease in fuel filling.  The gas flap was added so that the trunk could be added to the total cargo area of the De Lorean.  These cars also typically had a locking gas cap to prevent siphoning. 
Sometime in 1981 the hood flap was removed from the hood of the cars (although the hood creases stayed).  This style was kept throughout the end of 1981 and well into 1982.  Based on production numbers for all three years, this hood style is probably the most prevalent. After the supply of locking gas caps was exhausted, the company switched to a non locking version (My car, VIN 3472, does not have the gas flap, but does have a locking gas cap).
The final styling for the hood included the addition of a De Lorean logo (shown below) and the removal of the groves, resulting in a completely flat hood.
The addition of the De Lorean logo to the hood of the 83 models was a nice addition.  I have heard of a few owners adding these logos to their "grooved-hood" cars.

Pull Straps

John DeLorean is well over six feet in height, and he designed the car to comfortably fit someone of his height.  What happens when someone of shorter stature gets in and tries to close the door?  Oops, if you can't reach the handle, you can't close the door!  The addition of a pull strap helped to make this less of a problem..
Later Style "Built In" pull strap

Side Bolster

There is nice bolstering (or whatever you call it) in the DeLorean.  Not only does it give you a place to rest your arm while driving, but lives not just on the door, but also next to the seats.  Unfortunately, in early models, this bolstering was bolted on and had a tendency to pull away from the rest of the interior.   (Have an earlier car with this problem?  E-Mail me for some tips)
Later cars were changed such that the bolstering and the interior trip were now one piece.  Problem solved!
Foot Rest
  The early pedal confguration . . .
As an addition to later cars, a foot rest (in the form of an unusable pedal) was added to the cars to help prevent fatigue while driving.
Side Mirrors
coming soon . . . There was a slight change in the outside side mirrors on the DeLorean - basically in the thickness of the part that mounts to the car - not sure which came first, here is the mirror on my car
  Anyone have a picture of the other style I can use here? E-Mail me if you do!
  There was a change in the wheels on the DeLorean.  The look stayed the same, but the coating and coloring of the wheels changed (with these changes also came color changes to the wheel caps). Early cars had gray wheels with gray center caps.
Later cars had silver wheels with black center caps (the black center caps have the DMC logo done in white).
Sun Visor
At some point in the De Lorean's life, the sun visors were "flipped."   In early cars the vinyl part shows when the visor is up
My car has the vinyl part next to the roof (when up).
Console Clock
The De Lorean came stocked in 1981 with a Craig.  Since the Craig did not have a built in clock, there was one installed in front of the gear shift. 
Later De Lorean's switched to an ASI stereo, and due to the ASI Having a built in clock, the DMC clock was removed.
  What good is an AM/FM radio without a good antenna.  As many early DeLorean owners found out, not much.  Early 81's had a windshield mounted antenna....and from what I hear, it wasn't much good. 
  The next antenna was a front fender mounted antenna.  Not bad for reception, but many people thought that it detracted from the DeLorean's beauty.  Many people have retrofitted their early cars to the final antenna:
  Finally a rear mounted power antenna.  When retracted, you wouldn't even know it ever existed (unless you knew where to look).
Door Guides
  he DeLorean doors usually close great (while the car is level), but had some problems early on when the car was parked on an incline.  To help guide the doors down to the striker pins, Door latch guides were added as the result of a service bulletin. These are simply plastic pieces with a wedge shaped groove in them to guide the door down into the proper position.
  later metal guides were added as well


This page last modified on Tuesday, April 08, 2008