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A company called kapac sold these parts to retail and wholesale customers via mail order. In 1997, DeLorean Motor Company of Texas acquired this inventory. The body dies used to stamp the unique stainless panels were either scrapped or dumped into the ocean, to be used as weights for a fishery.

Most of the project was financed by the British government, who required the factory be in  in Northern Ireland, in an attempt to quell the sectarian violence present there at that time. The following is the best known available data on the right-hand drive DeLoreans. It's believed that only 17 right-hand drive factory-authorized DeLoreans were ever produced. These cars can be divided into two distinct groups: The first batch, known by enthusiasts as the Wooler-Hodec cars, were converted by a company in the UK called Wooler-Hodec. The DMC-12 featured gull-wing doors with a fiberglass "underbody to which non-structural brushed stainless steel panels were affixed. A DeLorean was featured as a home-made time machine in the Back to the Future trilogy. No catalytic converters or Lambda equipment were fitted as British legislation did not require them. The car with the registration number AXI 1697 was reputedly a fully UK homologated example which would have been shown at the British motor show at Birmingham, UK in October 1982.

The VINs on these cars are from DD020101 to DD020105. Right-hand drive models, deLorean's were primarily intended for the American market despite being produced in Northern Ireland. All production models were therefore left-hand drive (designed to be driven on the right side of the road).

This poses no problem (aside from originality) with most cars, as the filler will be hidden by the car's paint (for example, most new cars have filler hiding the seam where the roof meets the quarter panel).