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In 1981 and 1982, former Pontiac executive John DeLorean built a stylish, upscale sports car that retailed for $26,175. Although a major selling point was the car’s low-maintenance stainless steel finish, three were painted for experimental purposes and three were gold-plated. Built in 1981, the 24-karat gold-plated cars were created for an American Express promotion and listed in their Christmas catalog for $85,000. This DeLorean was displayed in the lobby of a Texas bank from the time it was purchased in 1981 until it was donated to the Petersen Automotive Museum in 2003. It has traveled a mere 7.4 miles since new and remains in entirely original condition.
Collection of the Petersen Automotive Museum, Gift of the daughters of Roger B. Mize: Lynda M. Tolleson and Vicki M. Kallemey