Photograph of DeLorean DMC-12 sports car with its gull-wing doors open with white text on a black background.
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The DeLorean Motor Company was founded in 1974. The company's most famous model, the DMC-12, debuted in 1981. However, the company only produced about 9,200 DMC-12s before filing for bankruptcy in 1982. Leading up to the Company's collapse, founder John DeLorean was caught embezzling company funds and smuggling cocaine into the United States.
Despite the Company's economic failures, the DMC-12's rarity and unique vertically opening doors solidified its place as a sought-after collectors item. The vehicle then became internationally known in 1985 for its feature in the popular Steven Spielberg trilogy, Back to the Future. The DMC-12's cult status led to the formation of a number of owner's clubs and associations, one of which likely made this button leading up to the 2000 presidential election.
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