16387

In an email to Sam Hill on 9/2/2015, Miles Smithdmc* supplied the following information and picture:

"My DeLorean (SCEDT26T4DD016387) is a true Model Year 1983 and is one of the last produced, having been assembled in Belfast in August of 1982.

The car was delivered to my father new over the Thanksgiving weekend of 1982. While he and I were conducting business in Fiji, his wife (my mother) was tasked with “breaking it in” so it would be ready when he returned… she soon discovered, as many of us did, that there’s no graceful way to get into or out of a DeLorean. My father drove was used as a daily driver throughout the 1980's and early 1990’s.

The car was believed to have been lost or sold in the mid 1990’s after the owner (my father) moved to Texas from CA. It wasn’t seen again until after my father died in Costa Rica in June of 2007. A month after his passing, I (an heir to his meager estate) received a call from a storage facility in Austin, Texas, regarding a certain unpainted car in one of their units… it was this DeLorean and it had been sitting in the unit, covered in boxes and such for more than 10 years while my father had been living in Costa Rica as an Ex-patriot, estranged from his family.

The heir had the car serviced and prepared for the road and drove the car from Austin to the Silicon Valley where he lived. In November, 2010 the owner moved with his family to Fallbrook, CA where the owner plans to gradually restore the car to its original state. The odometer reads 78,000+ miles."

*I place dmc at the end of surnames on purpose to defeat internet searches.

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Different variation posted on FB in June 2016:

DeLorean VIN#16387

This DeLorean was delivered new to my father over the Thanksgiving weekend of 1982 (the same weekend that I was accepted to Art Center College of Design’s Transportation Design program). At the time, I was accompanying him on a business trip in Fiji (Nadi, Suva and Taveuni) and he left instructions for my mother to drive the car as much as possible until he returned, so that it would be “broken-in” when he got to drive it.
Fast forward about 13 years (mid-life crisis filandering, divorce, relocation, estrangement, etc.)…
This car was believed to have been lost or sold in the mid 1990s and wasn’t seen again until my father (aka sperm donor) died in July, 2007. A month after his passing, I received a telephone call from a storage facility in Austin, Texas, regarding a certain unpainted car in one of their units… it was this DeLorean and it had been sitting in the unit, covered in boxes and such for more than 10 years while dear old dad had been living in Costa Rica as an Ex-patriot, estranged from his family.
I had the car serviced and prepared for the road and drove it from Austin to the Silicon Valley where I lived. In November of 2010, I moved with my family to Fallbrook, CA where I plans to gradually restore the car to its original state.

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