Road Trip Outtake: 1981-83 DeLorean DMC-12 – Forward Into The Past!


Picking up where we left with my recent road trip to Georgia, I had commented how the pace of traffic picks up pretty radically as you near town. That point seems to get farther and farther out, though! At any rate, traveling on a Sunday made the trip through downtown Atlanta fairly pleasant, especially since I was able to meet my youngest brother across the highway from my alma mater at The Varsity and catch up a bit over Naked Steaks and FOs. Darkness was settling as we parted, and after negotiating the I-75/85/20 interchange and settling into the flow, I noticed a familiar sight moving up fast in the right lane…


As I was enjoying some windows-down motoring, I caught the throaty growl of the 130hp fuel-injected PRV (Peugeot, Renault, Volvo) ZMJ-159 V6 engine, which is of a 90° cylinder bank angle, “odd-fire” design. These characteristics make for a unique audio footprint, which I distinctly remember being shared by the 3.8l Buick V6 I had swapped into my ’71 Vega.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a full CC treatment on the DeLorean DMC-12. We do have a few pieces to whet your appetite until someone has time to write one up, though.

I was lost in my thoughts remembering college days as the DeLorean sped off into the night, followed shortly afterwards by a brief flash on the horizon…