12. DeLoreans were almost produced in Puerto Rico
John Z. founded DMC in Detroit, and took investment money from people like Johnny Carson and Sammy Davis, Jr. Then around $120,000,000 was put forth by the British government on the grounds that DeLorean build its factory in Northern Ireland. DeLorean accepted, obviously, which scuttled the advanced talks he was holding with officials in Puerto Rico at the time.
13. The company aimed to make nearly 20,000 cars annually
The factory was specifically set up to handle a rapid production pace. That number was on par with Corvette in an average year, but reality never came close. Instead, less than 10,000 DMC-12s were produced total.
Initially, demand was high, and the low sales were a result of several delays. But after less than a year, the car’s underwhelming performance began to seriously undermine the initial enthusiasm potential buyers had for the car.