Driven in Back to the Future (1985), Back to the Future II (1989), and Back to the Future III (1990)
Designer: Ron Cobb & Andrew Probert
Builder: Universal Studios
Based on: 1981 DELOREAN
The Back to the Future trilogy follows Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Dr. Emmett L. Brown (Christopher Lloyd) as they travel through 130 years of history. According to “Doc” Brown, inventor of the flux capacitor, the DeLorean provides a perfect base for a time machine since its stainless steel construction allows for greater “flux dispersal.” The DeLorean underwent a Wilson Hover Conversion in 2015 and is propelled through time and space by a combination of gasoline, plutonium, lightning, garbage and 19th century steam locomotive.
When director Robert Zemeckis and Robert Gale conceived of the first film, the DeLorean was cast, in part, because the car’s gullwing doors made it look like an alien spaceship. Over the course of the two sequels, the Time Machine eventually emerged as a character of its own, undergoing progressive transformation as a result of its time travel experiences. Three visually distinct DeLoreans were created for the trilogy, however, this is the only example to appear in all three films.
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