Bringing the DeLorean DMC-12 back to the future? | Chip Foose Draws a Car – Ep. 17

Hop in your time machine and travel with Chip back to the 1980s to explore the design of John DeLorean's well known DMC-12 "budget-friendly" cars. Chip takes a crack at upgrading certain facets of this popular culture symbol in an effort to give it a more classic charm.

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30 Replies to “Bringing the DeLorean DMC-12 back to the future? | Chip Foose Draws a Car – Ep. 17”

  1. I actually really like the original. It resembles 80`s very well. The look of original is dfinately timeless. I do feel like original looks better. This drawing looks like a knock off that was tuned somewhere in the garage.

  2. DMC-12 looks good, in my opinion, the front and rear are classic 80’s. So I think he kind of missed it with the re-design.

    1. @Sam Scrapla you may be right about that. The final designs usually follow a function over form, Chip’s designs are form over function. In real life that could be the difference in between hitting a deer and making it home with the same car, or be stuck in the street. His 80’s redesigns bring those extended bumpers in, and in reality, that would fail to protect the radiator. Just saying.

    2. @Sam Scrapla I liked his Jaguar E-Type redesign, but he made it impracticable roadster only. He should have chosen the coupe. Either way, that redesign is beautiful.

    3. The only thing I’d change is the wheel base by moving the rear wheels backwards by 4-5 inches so not to look to tail happy…

  3. I love Chip but low riding and destroying the design of a a perfect 80s car?! Maybe it’s only cause I dislike lowered cars in general. It always looks like owners of these cars had mechanics that hate them by breaking their suspensions.

  4. Maybe it’s because I’m french but the front looks like the Citroën Xm with this kind of headlamp. I prefer the rear which really looks like a modern DeLorean.

    1. You must look at the drawing as 3 separate pieces. Front, side and rear. It was either that or at least 3 different renderings.

    2. @G H if you do that it looks like they belong on 3 separate cars. His front end redesign looks like it belongs on a 7th gen Impala, the side profile is Delorean, and the rear looks fit for a Plymouth Arrow. It doesn’t look coherent IMHO, mostly due to the front end design.

  5. The Delorean was designed by legendary designer Giorgetto Giugiaro. He’s responsible for some remarkable design examples (mk1 Golf/Scirocco, BMW M1, Lotus Esprit, De Tomaso Mangusta, Maserati Ghibli, etc).

    He has a very specific design philosophy. I normally stick up for Chip, but this rendition takes away from Giorgetto’s design aesthetic. Sometime it’s better just to leave the originals alone.

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