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If you thought that their recent entrance into electric car manufacturing would have been the most exciting news DeLorean had going for them….well, yeah, it probably is, But it’s not the biggest news for sci-fi fans, who like movie references mixed in with our ideas of progress. It’s taken at least a year, as well as an untold number of trips back and forth through time, but the DeLorean time machine from the Back to the Future franchise has finally been fully restored.
Officially known as the “A” car, this was the version used most often for non-stunt exterior scenes involving the actors, thus making it the most-used model type for the series. With over 20 years of amusement park displays and tours across the country, the original DeLorean model needed an update. Thanks to the 2011 Nike commercial with Christopher Lloyd reprising his Doc Brown role, the plans were put into place.
Co-creator and co-writer Bob Gale started up the project, which became known as “Time Machine Restoration,” and contacted TemporalFX’s Joe Walser and Terry Matalas to handle most of the grunt work. Using social media as a promotional tool, the team received donations from many fans looking to help out, and because the intent was to use as much of the original material as possible, the fans also pitched in to locate certain parts needed. It helps that they were just building a display model, as this probably wouldn’t make it up to 88 mph on a real highway. If the following promo video doesn’t get you nostalgic in a heartbeat, your brain is not in flux…capacitor.
Film fans and car enthusiasts can check out the car in person at the NBC Universal Experience at Universal Studios Hollywood, where it will be until the end of time. Or 1955. Whichever comes first.