Rob Beschizza at 3:25 pm Thu, Jan 5, 2012
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On the Autopia forums, AkamaiDetailing recently unveiled his brushed-steel DeLorean, polished and buffed to a mirror finish: "This took an insane amount of time, but it was so worth it. Has anyone else done this before?" They have indeed.
so cool but what’s that like for other drivers on a sunny day?
What ever do you mean?
Not sure, but I bet nobody hi-beams him!
A true thing of beauty….
As an alternative to the insane amount of labor this takes, I’ve heard that there are companies that will polish Airstream trailers to a mirror finish for $100-ish / linear foot.
Sure, and think how much more effort it takes to polish stainless steel than it does to polish the aluminum Airstreams.
How’s driving west at sunset?
I was thinking that too. I feel truly sorry for anyone who accidentally gets a bright reflection in the face while trying to get his family home safely.
Yeah, because nobody has ever washed and waxed their car to the point where the sun glints brightly on it. Stay humourless.
And polarized sunglasses are such a rare commodity.
and concern is in short supply! :P
Polarized sunglasses don’t work on reflections off metal surfaces.
I guess you just don’t understand the difference between a waxed car and a fucking mirror on wheels. Chromed cars and accessories are not even legal in most jurisdictions run by thinking people.
And just to show you I’m not humourless:
Why did the monkey fall out of the tree?
Because it was dead.
you need to get a big hummer. with tinted windows. to protect your family.
Think of the children!!
Indeed, you could get sunburned quite badly. All depends where the sun is shining from.
There are big trucks with shiny aluminum fuel trailers all over the freeways, I’m sure families will be just fine …
I’ve noticed that there’s a transportation corollary to Murphy’s Law: One always tends to drive east in the morning and west in the afternoon.
My dad had some cancerous lesions removed from the left side of his face and left forearm as a result of several years of commuting southeast in the morning and heading back northwest in the afternoon.
Where is the flux capacitor?
perfect for transporting cocaine, and doing cocaine off of the hood. elegant.
I’ve thought about doing this with my Vespa Rally 200.
That is bad ass. Love it! Wish my neighbor down the street would do that with the two that are rotting in his yard.
I used to walk past the two rotting in the Universal Studios parking lot (one of them in full Flux Capacitor detail). This was in the 90′s, I hope they have been rescued since.
Hey wait, my old Range Rover classic is an aluminum body, I should strip it and polish it. %-
because that’s just like stainless steel?
Aluminum takes a polish quite well!
The shiny outside of my foil hat agrees with you!
does it come with compementary white gloves to help minimize the fingerprint problem?
You just pop back in time before the fingerprint took place.
I’ve always wondered why more DeLorean drivers didn’t do this. I didn’t realize it was quite so labor-intensive. But I never understood why someone would pay so much for a car that looked like a commercial pizza oven.
Nor one that looks so speedy, but is handily beaten in a drag race by a Toyota minivan.
1.21 jigawatts?? Fry an egg on it for me.
I bet it would look even better on one of the three gold DeLoreans.
Probably hits 88 mph faster, too.
note the matt black bonnet (hood for USAnians)… wonder if the DeLorean owner has thought about being blinded driving into low sun? Nope… he hasn’t
Suh-weet! American Express commissioned limited-edition gold DeLoreans. See http://www.entermyworld.com/gallery/gold-deloreans?pg=3
Now there’s a car I can see myself in.
I guess if you bought a Delorean, it isn’t surprising that you have a lot of time on your hands.
This guy is still above the idiots who paint their DeLoreans. It is still not as good as stock.
I respectfully disagree. Not because it could blind other motorists. Because the mirror finish confuses the excellent lines of the car. It’s a Giugiaro masterpiece, for cryin’ out loud.
[sigh] Such an eighties thing to do…
OMG Cylon! KILL IT!!!
You made me giggle out loud.
Great. Now finish the rims!
This’ll go great with a $20.000 Vertu phone.
Yeah, the phone looks like DeLorean poo!
Princess Amidala would love this.
To quote a co-worker: “That’s… that’s a Hot Wheels car!”
Looks like the Oregon Duck helmet!
“Nor one that looks so speedy, but is handily beaten in a drag race by a Toyota minivan. ”
That’s not saying much, today’s cars are so overpowered. I heard a V6 Rav4 beats Magnum PI’s Ferrari 0-60.
Top Gear did it with a Camry, which is the same drivetrain, so you’re probably right. I know my own Rav4 is a lot faster than it needs to be. Which is A-OK with me.
Don’t think it would be a danger on the road – people don’t seem to have too much trouble with polished Airstreams, truck bumpers, and tanker trailers.
It does look a bit tacky though, especially on a dirty street. Here’s a pic of a UK soccer player’s chrome Aston Martin. (Excuse the nasty Daily Mail link with their standard classist (and probably racist?) ‘people with more money than sense’ griping.
I just realized that, from this angle, the Delorean is a Space-Pinto!
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