We have said before that you just never know what you might find hidden in an old barn or garage. When we came across this 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 Barn Find, we thought it was a very neat find, but then we looked at the engine. What we found could make this a much more interesting find. The owner has listed the car here on eBay, without a reserve.
At first glance, the PRV V6 doesn't look all that different from any other DeLorean engine, but if you look closely you will notice the rearranged intake. The French and Swedish built V6 wasn't known for being a power house, with 130 hp to move around the 2800 lb. car. To give this machine some extra juice, a turbo charger was installed. Mr. DeLorean actually commissioned Legend Industries to develop a twin turbo version of the car, but only 3 were ever built. We assume this car had its turbo installed later as a kit, but you never know.
It appears that this car's interior is still original and is starting to show its age. There are a few trouble spots, but it could still be used and enjoyed just as it is. The weakest point has to be the three speed automatic gearbox, which hurt the already sluggish performance. It would be a lot more fun to have the manual paired with the turbo, but this will have to do.
This DeLorean is going to need some work, but overall is in solid condition. The engine is the area of most concern for us, as it isn't currently running. The seller has been able to get it to running, but only by spraying starter fluid into the intake. Hopefully it won’t take much to get it running and driving again. If we could go back in time, we would find out more about the history of this turbo time traveler.