By Jerry Reynolds
The iconic DeLorean is going back to the future. And yes, it is as every bit as exciting as it sounds. Yes, brand new ”not refurbished” DeLoreans could hit the road as early as next year. The big news comes after the automaker announced it will soon start building the sleek, silver sports cars again for the first time in three decades. This good news comes after a change in federal law that allows for low-volume manufacturing.
"It's fantastic! It is a game changer for us. We've been wanting this to happen. That was a green light to go back into production," says Stephen Wynne, CEO of DeLorean Motors. There won't be an unlimited supply of the cars made famous by the 1985 flick Back to the Future. Wynne says he has enough original parts to build 300 of them and they'll go for around $100,000 each....
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My Take - Okay, what do you think is the most fascinating part of this story? The DeLorean is coming back? No. Someone bought all the parts and rights to this car back in the 80's? No. Even after all this time and all the infamy behind the originator people still are prepared to pay big time even for a used DeLorean? No. People will pay $100,000 for a new one? No. I think the most fascinating part of this story is there was some kind of federal law to prevent "low volume" manufacturing. How is it the federal government's business to decide how much a company can manufacture? Where in the Constitution do the find that authority? It certainly can't be the Interstate Commerce Clause, even if what's being manufactured is sold out of state because one has nothing to do with the other. But then again ...... when did the federal government and the Supreme Court ever find a rational boundary for the Commerce Clause?