Design Notes: Almost Made a Four-Door
Maybe if the company hadn’t failed
While the De Lorean DMC-12, with its price tag of roughly $25,000 (wholly missing Mr. De Lorean’s original $12,000 price target), offers plenty to discuss in an in-depth review, this quick look is instead about a model the company ended up not producing.
I only have one illustration but thought it was an interesting vehicle to ponder.
Are four wings better than two?
According to a report from May of 1981, just weeks before American journalists were to get their hands on DMC-12s for testing, the sedan illustrated below was understood to be the company’s upcoming second model. Considered at the time to be a generally accurate representation, the concept four-door De Lorean model was penned by Giugiaro.
The sedan was proposed to actually be built on the same platform used by the two-seat model and, despite having two extra doors, was still expected to retain the gullwing openings (an assumption supported by the door handles drawn low on the doors).