Last year I went to the DeLorean Motor Company factory to shoot photos and do a story for CultureMap. It's a really incredible place, and I was fortunate for the opportunity to wander around there for a few hours a sticky, August afternoon. Here are a few photos I took that didn't make it to the story. The rolling chassis has a Moon Rover quality to it, doesn't it? The DMC-12 uses a unique backbone chassis similar to the one on the Lotus Esprit. The DeLorean Motor Company that operates today has improved the bonding process in the chassis, and can build them or restore them to be more durable then when they left the factory.
There are tons of spare body panels everywhere. Most of the facility is storage — aisle after aisle of parts, some old and some brand new. It's like Costco for DeLorean components. At the rate that they are going through them, they have a 100-year supply of spare doors (the doors are very complex and the original factory calculated that it would be disastrously expensive to try to build one without the original die). The facility is also used to store DeLoreans from all over the country, so the parking lot outside is filled with them and some of the aisles have cars parked back to front with out-of-state license plates.
There's a row of workstations where all the assembly takes place. Here, cars are aligned, rebuilt, torn down or build from scratch from the factory's vast collection of spares. When I was there, a supercharged DMC-12 with orange graphics and aftermarket wheels was in and out of the shop doing test runs.
There's also a showroom with tons of memorabilia which is open to the public. I'm surprised more people haven't visited the showroom because from what I can tell, the public loves DeLoreans. If you have a chance, go, and if not, I hope these images are a decent substitute.