NYC Yellow Taxi with a Difference
With some clever computer technology, Nooka Fashion turned the iconic DeLorean, made famous in the 1985 film, Back to the Future starring Michael J. Fox, into a New York City yellow taxi cab. Claiming that there were a company with a futuristic philosophy, Nooka felt that DeLorean cars had come to symbolise the future and therefore would be the perfect cab for New York City.
The DeLorean taxi was originally the brainchild of designer Mike Lubrano, who conceptualised the vehicle as part of an advertising campaign for New York-based brand Nooka.
The DeLorean DMC-12, commonly referred to simply as The DeLorean as it was the only model ever produced by the company was a sports car manufactured by John DeLorean's DeLorean Motor Company for the American market in 1981–82. Featuring gull-wing doors with a fiberglass "underbody", to which non-structural brushed stainless steel panels were affixed, the car became iconic for its appearance as a modified time machine in the Back to the Future film trilogy.
The first prototype appeared in October 1976, and production officially began in 1981 in Dunmurry, a suburb of south west Belfast, Northern Ireland. During its production, several features of the car were changed, such as the hood style, wheels and interior. Approximately 9,000 DMC-12s were made before production halted in early 1983.
The DMC-12 was the only model produced by the company which would go into liquidation as the US car market went through its largest slump since the 1930s. In 2007, about 6,500 DeLorean Motor cars were believed to still exist.
Texas entrepreneur Stephen Wynne started a separate company in 1995 using the "DeLorean Motor Company" name and shortly thereafter acquired the trademark on the stylized "DMC" logo as well as the remaining parts inventory of the original DeLorean Motor Company. The company, at its suburban Humble, Texas location, completes newly assembled cars from new old stock parts, original equipment manufacturer and reproduction parts on a "made to order" basis using existing Vehicle Identification Number plates.
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