DeLoreans getting ‘Back to the Future’ makeovers


This Sept. 10, 2013 photo shows Danny Botkin, left, service manager, and Cameron Wynne, general manager, of the DeLorean Motor Company in Huntington Beach, Calif. AP

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California — It may not time travel, but the DeLorean sports car is finding its way into the future.

People are spending thousands of dollars to have DeLoreans outfitted to resemble the one that starred in the 1985 movie “Back to the Future” starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd.

About 9,000 DeLorean DMC-12 cars were produced from 1981-82 before the original company went bust. About 6,500 are believed to still exist, easily recognizable with their boxy, stainless steel bodies and gullwing doors.

The current brand owner, DeLorean Motor Co. of Huntington Beach, handles everything from oil changes to full reconstructions. But as the 30th anniversary of “Back to the Future” approaches in 2015, there’s been an increase in requests to recreate the movie’s iconic car, according to the Orange County Register.

“I’ve grown up around DeLoreans my entire life. I was dropped off to kindergarten in the actual ‘Back to the Future’ car. A DeLorean was my first car at age 16,” said Cameron Wynne, DeLorean Motor Co. general manager. “‘Back to the Future’ has been a huge part of the business. The car is so well known from a 90-year-old person to a 4-year-old because of that movie. That shows how timeless the car and the brand is.”

Some replicas have been ordered for movie cameos, corporate appearances and even as the ride for a newlywed couple.

This Sept. 10, 2013 photo shows DeLorean cars parked outside The DeLorean Motor Company in Huntington Beach, Calif. The cars were made from 1981-83 and were known for their stainless steel body and gull-wing doors. About 9,000 of the cars were made. People are having DeLoreans outfitted to resemble the car from the 1985 movie “Back to the Future.” AP

DeLorean Motor Co. mechanic Danny Botkin has built six movie replica cars so far, relying on photos he took when he helped restored the original “Back to the Future” car.

“‘Back to the Future’ is getting bigger and bigger, especially among kids who watched the movie in 1985 and now have enough money to own a piece of it,” Botkin said.

Each replica costs about $45,000. Passengers can punch in a “destination time” on the control panel and pull a lever to activate the pulsing lights of the time circuit. The parts are recreated using military surplus and other equipment, such as a jet engine oil cooler.

“We’ve never advertised that we build these,” Botkin said. “It’s just been a side thing we do. If people ask us to do it, we’ll do it.”

The current DeLorean Motor Co. was started by Wynne’s father, Stephen Wynne.

He bought the original company’s remaining parts. The parts, including 1,000 gullwing doors, fill 40,000 square feet (3,700 square meters) of warehouse space in Houston, Cameron Wynne said.

Seven years ago, DeLorean began re-manufacturing the sports car using donor cars that are stripped and fitted with remaining or remanufactured parts.

“We constantly have customers calling us that have had their cars in storage for 10, 20, 30 years, and they want to get rid of it,” Cameron Wynne said.

But the DeLorean isn’t resting on its laurels. The company, which has a handful of locations nationwide and one in the Netherlands, is working on an all-electric version. The company wants it to travel 100 miles (160 kilometers) on a charge and accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 96 kph) in under 5 seconds.

However, it won’t need the 1.21 gigawatts of electricity required by Doc Brown’s version.

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  • ThudOthwacker

    Back in the 80s. I saw a Delorean on E Rodriguez blvd. Rumor says it belongs to Danding. But Danding was in exile at that time. I guess PCGG having some afternoon joyride.

    • aeon888

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      • ThudOthwacker

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      • aeon888

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      • ThudOthwacker

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  • John Love

    . . . accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 96 kph) in under 5 seconds . . .

    Fantastic! I remember when the 1st DeLorean came out, the 0-60 acceleration is only 11 seconds.

  • kunsabagay

    I want the flying variant just like in BTTF 2

  • huseng_batute

    They’re just building replicas. The real deal is made by the DeLorean Motor Company in Humble, Texas.

    • ThudOthwacker

      Delorean was made in Ireland. With motor coming from Renault.

      • WeAry_Bat

        I thought it was still in limited production also, but not in US.

      • ThudOthwacker

        Delorean closed long time ago. When it run out of money. The founder Mr Delorean tried selling drugs with the undercover. He was arrested and convict. I think he was released in 2011.

  • Meow Ming

    My favorite movie when I was a kid. =)

  • Aloy Dela Cruz

    optional accessory “Mr. Fusion”

  • waraykaon

    If you have lower back problem, you will hate the door of this car.

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