July 29, 2007
Back to the Future Garage

Car fans probably already know about Danny Botkin, the man so obsessed with DeLoreans he owns pretty much all there is to own of them. But they probably don't know He's planning to return the car to limited production. I saw a story segment on this guy a few years ago (Discovery channel I think), with him proudly displaying row upon row of DeLorean spares he'd purchased from the defunct company. It's nice to hear about him using them to bring the car completely back.

According to Wikipedia, the car is frame-based with a fiberglass monocoque. The Avanti, a Studebaker design that seems vampire-like in its immortality, was constructed in a roughly similar fashion, and was kept in very low-volume production for (as I recall) something like 30 years, so not only is this sort of thing feasible, it can even been profitable.

I'm not completely sure how he'll get around NHTSA and EPA standards, but most likely it'll involve some interesting bureaucratic hoop-jumping.

Posted by scott at July 29, 2007 06:58 AM

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It won't be that hard, they just need to rely on the fear of global warming. Now that carbon dioxide is considered a far more dangerous pollutant than any of the other NOxides, monoxides, and hydrocarbons internal combustion engines can spew, they can just ditch the catalytic converter and claim their cars produce only a fraction of the CO2 of any other car on the market.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on July 29, 2007 10:25 AM

I'm thinking the appropriate amount of silver will grease the appropriate amount of palms....

Posted by: Mark on July 29, 2007 05:37 PM
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