1983 Delorean


My friend owned this car for several years and never drove it.  When he bought it, it had 2,992 miles on it, and he was determined not to let it turn 3,000 miles.  It was all original in terrific shape.  Unfortunately, cars are meant to be driven.  They make lousy door stops.

One of the problems with the Delorean was the fuel bladder that it had.  It was notorious for having the fuel bladders go bad if the car wasn’t driven and the gas changed.  My friend wouldn’t drive the car, so he used to back it out of his garage and go up and down his driveway starting and stopping.  He hoped that the sloshing of the gas with the starts and stops would be enough to keep the car from having problems.  He was very wrong.

After replacing the fuel bladder 3 times and having the motor worked on for the bad gas and disintegrating bladder, he finally gave up.  He sold me the car when it had 2,995 miles on it.  He had trailered it to the shop about 25 miles away to have the bladder replaced and everything checked out when he sold it to me.  When I picked the car up, I drove it home, passing the 3,000 mile mark.  He was disappointed, even though he knew that I drove all of my cars and would certainly be driving this one.  I drove it on a fairly regular basis, and I never had any problems with it.

While I’m not a fan of the 6 cylinder Volvo motor in it (a Ford 351 would have been better), it was a very nice car.  It’s a great touring car and loves going 100 mph.  Even though I offered to drive my friend in it, he never went with me.  I used to drive it to his house just to make him crazy!

Bill Sefton
Bill Sefton
Bill Sefton, Chicago native, and passionate car collector. Currently retired, but still involved in the car collection community. Reach out, happy to connect!