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eBay Finds of the Day: Double dose of Delorean history - prototype #0001 and twin turbo

No need for lame BTTF jokes for this pair of DeLoreans. These deserve to stand on their own as two of the most significant vehicles in the history of DMC. A pair of DeLorean prototypes owned by Tony Ierardi of DeLorean Motor Company Florida are being offered on eBay to help raise some capital. The first one is the very first DeLorean prototype, the car that appeared on the cover of Road & Track in July 1977. Yeah, the car that started it all. Ierardi bought it in 2005 and put it through a one-year restoration. Currently insured at half a million bucks, the ebay top bid right now is around $100,000 with more than a week to go. Click the image at right to get to the listing for this piece of automotive history.
The second car is also a significant prototype for DeLorean historians. It's a promise of what might have been in terms of performance. While other engine options were investigated, John DeLorean himself picked this vehicle to upgrade with a pair of turbochargers to increase performance. This particular car actually served as the factory press car. It was tested by Road & Track magazine and managed a 0-60 time of 5.8 sec. That was about 5 seconds quicker than the non-turbo. Although it never went into production, this sample has to be considered one of the best and definitely the fastest DeLorean to come from Ireland. It's current bid is $70,300 with eight days left. Click the image below to go to the eBay listing.

Thanks for the tip, Michael!

[Source: eBay]

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