The life of this car was not the most inspiring story - the workers in Belfast & the UK taxpayer got royally shafted, and let's face the car was sh1t. However, "Back to the Future" wouldn't be the same without it
I agree that the Irish and British have good reason to resent this car. (We in the US are so used to being shafted by such govt/corporate schemes that it has almost become a way of life! )
I guess that I should have written that letter to Johnny Z. when I first read about his initial concept - limiting it to one color was one of his two fatal errors, the other of course being V-6 power in a $25,000 car.
Would he have heeded my warnings? I admit that I was one of his admirers (until he went off the deep end) and that I had faith in his automotive savvy, at least in most other basic aspects of his pet project (i.e., styling & gullwings)
Since I grew up loving his GM cars, I still believe that he truly wanted to build a wonderful, desirable car. It's too bad he was pulled off of the scent of that prey by too many compromises and questionable decisions.
I saw parts of Back to the Future last week, and the sound effects guys dubbed in throaty V8 engine noises for the action scenes. Even they knew what would sell and what wouldn't!!
EDIT - I forgot to ask: who makes that model? It looks great and very accurate. Thanks for the post!