2011 DeLorean Solstice mockupEnlarge Photo
Fans of the Pontiac Solstice, get ready to cast aside your mourning garments, as the sporty little roadster/coupe could yet live on under the auspices of the DeLorean Motor Company. The news carries a sort of karmic feel, as DeLorean itself succumbed to the pressures of the industry and economy in 1982 only to be revived by businessman Stephen Wynne.
Made world-famous by the DMC-12, a gullwing-doored, stainless-steel bodied rear-engined coupe that played a central role in the hit Back to the Future movie series, DeLorean Motor Company in its reborn form is primarily a curator of the existing fleet of DMC-12s, and the spare parts that remain.
According to Jalopnik, the plan to build the Pontiac Solstice was actually born of John Z. DeLorean's own experiences. "JZD always said that the best memories of his automotive career were at Pontiac, and that connection between JZD and Pontiac is probably one of the better known associations among car enthusiasts," said DMC vice president James Espey.
The photo above is a mock-up of what a DeLorean-built Solstice might look like, including a version of the turbocharged GXP Coupe. The company has a GXP Coupe at its facilities for testing and evaluation, presumably to see how any DeLorean-specific modifications to the design might be made.