What are some features of the gold DeLorean?


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The special edition gold-plated DeLorean DMC-12 features a 2.85-liter V6 engine and a choice between a five-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmission. The car's engine features a Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection system and a leather interior.

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In 1980, American Express partnered with DeLorean Motor Company to offer a DMC-12 vehicle with an exterior coated in 24-karat gold for a price of $85,000. The vehicle featured acceleration of 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than eight seconds.

Other features of this special edition DMC-12 include a multi-speaker high output stereo system, an air conditioning system and full interior Instrumentation. The vehicle's engine is an electrical locking, rear-mounted variety. This DMC-12 features the model's signature gull-wing doors.

Originally, American Express offered a limited run of 100 gold-plated DMC-12's to consumers, but only four ever sold. Of these four, one eventually made its way to the Petersen Museum in California where it is on display as of 2015. Previously, the vehicle was on display at the Snyder National Bank in Snyder, Texas. Another one is on display at the William F. Harrah Foundation's National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada. That particular model is the only one of these four vehicles to feature a manual transmission.

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