As part of a promotion with American Express in 1980, the DeLorean was featured on the cover of the American Express Christmas catalog. A limited edition of no more than 100 DeLoreans, with 24-karat gold plating, were offered at $85,000 each though only two were sold through this promotion.
The story of how the cars came to be assembled is well documented in the DeLorean books "John Z the DeLorean and me...tales from an insider
" and "DeLorean: Celebrating the Impossible
", but of note is that in addition to the two gold-plated cars assembled at the DeLorean factory, a third car was completed using the spare set of panels (created in case one of the two was ever damaged) and a much earlier production, engineering development vehicle after the factory closed in late 1982.
, with a manual transmission and tan interior, is now on display at the National Automobile Museum
in Reno, Nevada.Though almost always on display, call ahead to avoid disappointment if you are making a special trip to see it.
, with an automatic transmission and black interior, sat for many years in a glass case in the Snyder National Bank lobby in Snyder, Texas. In the early 2000's the car was put on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum
in Los Angeles, California. It is not always on display, so call ahead to avoid disappointment if you are making a special trip to see it.
VIN 20105, with an automatic transmission and tan interior, carries the "final" VIN, it is known to be a much earlier production car, stripped of it's interior and stainless skin, which were replaced with the spare set of gold panels and the spare tan interior. It is in a private collection in Maryland.
At least one (VIN 1542) and perhaps another (VIN unknown) DeLorean car were gold-plated privately by their owners VIN 1542 was last known to have been sold to someone in the Toronto, Canada area and the other was advertised in DuPont Registry by a car dealer in New York sometime in the 90s. The current whereabouts of both cars are unknown.