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Delorean Time Machine Replica Up For Auction

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the j-fox-not-included dept.

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PunkerTFC writes "I'm sure most of you remember the movie Back To The Future. Well, now you have a chance to own your very own 1982 Delorean, fully equipped for time travel. It has a "Flux Capacitor", "Time Circuits" and "exterior Flux Dispersion Banding". This thing is clearly a chick magnet, and if you can't get them on the first pass, you can always crank it up to 88 mph and go back in time to try it again! Seriously though, this car is amazing, definitely worth a look to see the details. Nothing has been missed, and my hat goes off to the builder."

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I love that car... (0, Flamebait)

bitchell (159219) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937256)

Shame the designer was a junkie ;[

Re:I love that car... (0, Flamebait)

bitchell (159219) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937287)

I should clarify that the Irish designer of the delorian was a junkie not the man that stuck the flux capacitor in.

BTW First post as well ;]

Re:I love that car... (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8937306)

He was neither Irish, nor a junkie. He was an American of French decent, and was charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine, and aquitted due to the cop's obvious attempt to entrap him.

frist p0st frist r3ply! GNAA loves you! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8937292)

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Re:frist p0st frist r3ply! GNAA loves you! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8937298)

Why hasn't someone lynched these niggers?

Re:frist p0st frist r3ply! GNAA loves you! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8937338)

Good Morning Mr Atkinson !

Re:frist p0st frist r3ply! GNAA loves you! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8937341)

For the same reason you havn't been sent to aushwitz, you fucking JEW.

Re:frist p0st frist r3ply! GNAA loves you! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8937420)

I don't get it?
You can always lynch a nigger with the desired effect (a dead nigger), but Auschwitz has been turned into an expensive fantasy theme park by the ZOG and is worthless for internment of jews today. That's the reason to why the grandparent poster hasn't been sent to Auschwitz. What's that got to do with not lynching niggers?

Re:I love that car... (4, Informative)

thinmac (98095) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937308)

Shame the designer was a junkie ;[

Actually, he wasn't a junkie, he was accused of dealing cocain but was aquitted on all charges because he was entrapped.

IMHO, the real shame is that such a great designer didn't pair up with a great business manager who could make his ideas successful rather than a footnote in automotive history.

Re:I love that car... (1)

Orion442 (739483) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937355)

...and it would really kick ass if he didn't get caught trying to deal blow.

Re:I love that car... (5, Informative)

jeffkjo1 (663413) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937376)

Actually, he wasn't a junkie, he was accused of dealing cocain but was aquitted on all charges because he was entrapped.

This guy is right. John DeLorean got teamed up with someone who he thought was going to fuse a large amount of cash into his company in order to save it (after his original loans by the royal family were spontaneously and unfairly called.) He had no idea that this guys plan was for him to sell coke in order to get the money.
DeLorean attempted to back out, but the man threatened his daughters life. With this in mind, he agreed to go through with the deal. Only at this point did the true facts come out. This gentlman was ACTUALLY a very over zealous cop who did all of this deliberately.
Entrapment.
DeLorean was (very appropriately) acquited of all charges.

Re:I love that car... (1)

slittle (4150) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937454)

What happened to the cop? He shoulda been tossed in gaol (jail) himself.

Re:I love that car... (1)

grahamlee (522375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937318)

...and that the CEO was a thieving bastard and swindled the .gov.uk [detnews.com] out of so much money. But yeah, the DMC-12 is nice :-).

Re:I love that car... (4, Informative)

ScottGant (642590) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937408)

Actually, according to the link you provided, it wasn't John Delorean (the CEO) that swindled the money out of the UK, it was Arthur Andersen, the U.S. accounting giant that handled DeLorean accounts.

The Delorean had so many problems with tariffs and shipping and just a mess that many of the 9,000 cars they made sat in parking lots waiting to come to America.

To call John Delorean a thieving bastard is to not understand everything that happened. John DeLorean has stayed out of the limelight. He's been entangled in about 40 legal cases stemming from his company's bankruptcy. He personally declared bankruptcy in September 1999. He was evicted from his house in 2000.

So much for the "thieving bastard".

Re:I love that car... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8937353)

"Is this cocaine to your satisfaction mister Delorean?"


However, enjoying cocaine (or any other drug for that matter) does not make you a junkie, you choirboy.

Flux capacitors indeed... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8937354)

Flux capacitors [vendio.com]

Re:I love that car... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8937390)

Shame the designer was a junkie

Actually John Z. DeLorean was NOT a junkie, you yutz. Also, the DeLorean was crappiest design JZD ever put out. The '64 GTO was his first real stroke of genious. He created the friggin muscle car era but stuff the 389 into midsize body and adding some serious sex appeal. And who can deny that the 67 model year, with it's Coke bottle shape and "venturi" styling and 389 triple duece was not the peak of automotive development. Finally, let's not forget the '69 GTO The Judge!

Re:I love that car... (1)

jridley (9305) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937439)

the DeLorean was crappiest design JZD ever put out

I'm glad someone said it. I don't have a lot of specific knowledge on the subject, but I've heard several exotic car enthusiasts say that the DeLorean was perhaps stylish, but it was a piece of junk.

I saw a guy with one in a parking lot once, trying to get his door closed. He'd slam it down, it'd pop right back up again. He was wrestling with a screwdriver in the latch. I talked with him for a few minutes, and he confirmed that yes, the car got him noticed, but it was a pain in the ass to keep going, little bits of it kept breaking all the time.

Re:I love that car... (1, Funny)

ScottGant (642590) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937421)

"If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits eighty-eight miles per hour... you're gonna see some serious shit."

Mr. Fusion? (5, Funny)

grahamlee (522375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937260)

This baby lacks a Mr. Fusion. I take it that the car also doesn't fly for use in 2015... :-(. Oh well, whoever buys it has much happy modding ahead of them!

Re:Mr. Fusion? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8937273)

gah - so so close to a first post :'(

Re:Mr. Fusion? (5, Funny)

Lussarn (105276) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937370)

This baby lacks a Mr. Fusion.
Time to call the libyans. I'm going to send them a bomb full of pinball parts.

99% certainty the buyer is ... (5, Funny)

Hekatchu (684465) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937268)

Somehow I've got a feeling Steve Ballmer is going to buy that thing too.

Re:99% certainty the buyer is ... (3, Funny)

chamenos (541447) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937401)

Assuming the shocks don't punch through the frame under his weight and the underpowered engine somehow moves with him in it, you can look forward to him cruising past your neighbourhood with "Developers! Developers! Developers!" blasting on the stereo.

Aren't you trembling with excitement already? Doesn't matter if you're not. I know I am.

*sniffle*

Re:99% certainty the buyer is ... (3, Funny)

chamenos (541447) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937423)

in case anyone needs a visual/audio experience use this link:
http://achurch.org/media/ballmer.avi

good job. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8937271)

way to fuck up a perfectly nice and rare car.

Re:good job. (4, Funny)

PepsiProgrammer (545828) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937281)

At least it isnt a ricer.

Re:good job. (5, Funny)

Amiga Lover (708890) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937297)

At least it isnt a ricer.

Are you kidding? with that amount of neon, this is the ORIGINAL ricer!. All others are fakes!

Re:good job. (2, Funny)

mollyhackit (693979) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937407)

With all that time travel gear it has the ability to become the original ricer.

Re:good job. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8937431)

Agreed. I enjoy the Back to the Future movies as much as the next guy, but Delorean modding is getting disturbingly popular -- especially the BTTF mods.

Try again? (5, Funny)

nmoog (701216) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937272)

This thing is clearly a chick magnet, and if you can't get them on the first pass, you can always crank it up to 88 mph and go back in time to try it again!
Sorry, but if your cup of poison is building a replica of nerd car from a movie from the 80's, then its going to take more than a few trips back in time to score with a chick...

Re:Try again? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8937296)

Don't underestimate the sluttiness of the 80s.

Re:Try again? (5, Funny)

luminea (594672) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937301)

Speaking as a chick...if you've got the ability to travel back through time, let me tell you: you are hot. Dead sexy, even. Alas, replicas just don't do it for me. But it's still pretty cute...

Re:Try again? (5, Funny)

D-Cypell (446534) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937378)

Well I have the ability to travel forward in time...

Your place or mine? ;o)

Re:Try again? (3, Funny)

luminea (594672) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937398)

Funny, I would have thought you'd already know the answer to that if you could do as you claim. Hmph. (I think we know the answer here)

Re:Try again? (1)

D-Cypell (446534) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937412)

Everybody can do as I claim, infact, ive travelled forward in time since I began typing this post.

However, I will gracefully accept your rejection, it is unlikely my fiancee would approve anyhow! ;o)

Re:Try again? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8937429)

Oh man, I just went forward in time and found out you get busted by your fiance for flirting on the web again....

Re:Try again? (4, Funny)

nmoog (701216) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937313)

Unless of course you go back in time to your childhood, put a pair of headphones on yourself from the past, played yourself Korn until you scared your shelf shitless and convinced yourself to smash your C64 and kick your little eating-peanut-butter-from-the-jar habbit.

Ofcourse, if you could do that you most likely wouldnt be reading this. Best not to mess with the space time continueum I guess.

Re:Try again? (2, Insightful)

MacroRex (548024) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937324)

Don't forget that you'll have to fight one more of your previous instances every time you try again. However, they are YOU so it'll be easy to exploit their weak spots. Oh, wait...

Re:Try again? (1)

KDan (90353) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937331)

Yeah lol. I almost spillt my coffee when I read that. Nerdy car? Chick magnet? Which planet do you live on mate? Hahahaha... Best of luck in finding a girl - you'll need it.

Daniel

Re:Try again? (2, Funny)

builderbob_nz (728755) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937365)

Well at least he has all the time in the world...

Re:Try again? (2, Funny)

Hogwash McFly (678207) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937399)

But when he travels back in time surely be his old self will still be asking out the girl (with rejection inevitable)? So he's gonna be competing for the love of a woman with himself?

Unless, he travels back in time to 5 minutes after the initial rejection. No wait, that would mean the girl would say 'But you just asked me out 5 minutes ago, can't you take no for an answer?'

So I guess he'd have to travel back to a point in time before the previous attempt to ask out the girl. The only trouble with that plan is, he'd have a finite number of attempts before she becomes a 'lolita'.

Maybe I just read into jokes too much...

It has to be said,,, (4, Funny)

ZaMoose (24734) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937274)

Great Scott!

There. Now I've gotten that out of my system.

Re:It has to be said,,, (3, Funny)

Ralp (541345) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937357)

This is heavy.

Re:It has to be said,,, (4, Funny)

AgentUSA (251620) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937449)

There's that word again; "heavy". Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the earth's gravitational pull?

Re:It has to be said,,, (1)

JabberWokky (19442) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937406)

"It seems our friend here has found a way of perfecting it. A device which is capable of breaking down solid matter and then projecting it through space, and - who knows - perhaps even time itself!"

--
Evan "Oops, wrong movie, wrong Scott"

Corrections (5, Funny)

SimianOverlord (727643) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937275)

This thing is clearly a chick magnet, and if you can't get them on the first pass, you can always crank it up to 88 mph and go back in time to try it again!

Please use phrases in the story outline the average slashdotter can understand. All this talk of "chicks" and making a "pass" is incomprehensible gobbledegook to the average Slashdot nerd. Though "you can always crank it" is perfectly OK.

P.S. The birds won't be impressed by a replica DeLorean, just like they were probably unimpressed with a glow in the dark TRON costume. Except that hacker goth chick Raven.

GNAA Rocks: Extollo hfis nostrum validus rex (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8937279)

hfis rocks in so many ways. So does hfis. 9/11 LOL jews.

Hail the GNAA!

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SWASTIKA POINTS IN THE WRONG DIRECTION (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8937330)

you fucktard

The good technology always dies (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8937280)

What a pity Deloreans never came into the full success they deserved.

Stainless steel body that couldn't rust. Light, efficient and well designed midmount engine. Gullwing doors. Brilliant weighting and suspension that were 10 years ahead of what was in anything but supercars...

The fact that so many great ideas start off in this country and are killed before they can get the success they deserve is what's driving america down the drain

Re:The good technology always dies (2, Informative)

hkroger (666340) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937302)

Actually I heard that it didn't sell so well because it had relatively underpowered engine for the market.

Re:The good technology always dies (2, Interesting)

Anonytroll (751214) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937305)

In the end, things die because they are ahead of their time. It's human nature, I think. We as a whole are not made for revolutionary steps, just small evolutionary ones.
I would say "Welcome to the post-modern time", but it is supposed to be over.

Re:The good technology always dies (4, Informative)

Alioth (221270) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937309)

Driving *America* down the drain? The Delorean was designed and manufactured in Northern Ireland!

Re:The good technology always dies (-1, Flamebait)

builderbob_nz (728755) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937379)

oh, well that explains it then {ducks many flying object coming this way}

Re:The good technology always dies (2, Funny)

caluml (551744) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937416)

Don't let misplaced chest-beating, flag-waving American "patiotism" get in the way of facts. You must be incorrect.

Re:The good technology always dies (1)

wathead (730323) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937422)

Yea but the Engine was pure 100% small block chevy and a powerful one at that. I also am fairly sure Delorean designed it in the states.

Re:The good technology always dies (5, Informative)

Julius X (14690) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937447)

I do hope that's a joke. The stock V6 PRV engine was designed by Peugot, Renault, & Volvo (hence its name, PRV) with an original output of 130bhp. Hardly powerful, and definitely not Chevy-built.

From Delorean Motors UK [delorean.co.uk] :
It's a Peugeot Renault Volvo V6 (PRV-6) 2849cc Bosch K-Jet fuel injected SOHC 90 degree V6. It's a US emission-controlled amalgum of the Renault 30 and Volvo B28 engines. It's often mistaken for a Renault engine due to the belts, pulleys, alternator and water pump using the Renault configuration, but the internals are common to the Volvo engine. The transmission is a slightly modified version of the R30's (both 3-speed auto and 5-speed manual). The gears are taller and the transaxle is rotated through 180 degrees for rear-mounting. The PRV-6 has been a popular choice among kit-car enthusiasts for years due to its flexibility and availability. The 3-litre 24 valve version of the PRV-6 was in new production cars up until only a few short years ago, for example in the Citroen Xantia V6 and Renault Espace V6.


Delorean Motors [delorean.com] offers upgrades for this engine.

Re:The good technology always dies (5, Informative)

mccalli (323026) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937452)

I also am fairly sure Delorean designed it in the states.

The DeLorean was a predominately British design, by Lotus and Colin Chapman, though there were other inputs too. The idea was American - DeLorean and Bill Collins, but the details and implementation were British.

More here [pistonheads.com] .

Cheers,
Ian

Re:The good technology always dies (4, Informative)

jobbegea (748685) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937335)

Don't forget that stainless steel won't rust, but stains very easily just by touching it. Also, the doors of the DeLorean did leak, which is particulary bad if you have gullwing doors.

Re:The good technology always dies (3, Informative)

Amiga Lover (708890) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937377)

Don't forget that stainless steel won't rust, but stains very easily just by touching it.

Like many things made for marketing I think. The name is a lot better than the reality. Titanium is COOL when it's on a blackbird (ok actually the stuff gets really hot) and the correct alloy is used for its purpose as an extreme exotic material. Use it on a Powerbook though and it's really just another metal, which dents easily and needs to be painted otherwise it too marks just by touch. But it still sounds cool.

Like the delorean. Stainless Steel is just COOL marketing wise, but it's a pain in the ass on a car.

Re:The good technology always dies (1)

adrianbaugh (696007) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937400)

It's also still steel, and therefore heavy as shit. A modern non-rusting lightweight alloy is a much better bet for car design.

Re:The good technology always dies (1)

Amiga Lover (708890) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937419)

When I was in the UK I saw plenty of Land Rovers with aluminum bodies. I thought that was more suitable. So so light, and there seemed to be enough places that knew how to fix panels made from it that damage wasn't a big problem.

By the exterior condition of many of them, fixing the damage wasn't an immediate priority anyway :).

Re:The good technology always dies (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8937342)

Stainless steel doesn't rust, but it will still corrode. It is susceptible to its own special form of decay: crevice corrosion, also known as oxygen starvation. Stainless steel contains significant amounts of chromium, which when exposed to air oxidizes slightly and a thin film of chromium oxide forms, which stops any further oxidation. If exposed to ONLY water, salt or fresh, without the presence of air, this film will not form and stainless steel will corrode, and badly. Salt water is even worse.

Oxygen starvation happens anytime stainless steel is covered, so anywhere it's in constant contact with other materials the chromium oxide can wear off (admittedly it's tougher than rust there) and corrode. Grommet holes, contact points for suspension and plastic resin extras are all places that the deloreans that have until today are corroded.

Re:The good technology always dies (1)

timpaton (748607) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937343)

The fact that so many great ideas start off in this country and are killed before they can get the success they deserve is what's driving america down the drain

No wonder this component failed - it was made in Japan!

I hope it's not a unibody (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8937350)

Stainless steel is great for corrosion resistance, except for one little problem. Stainless steel cold hardens when deformed. As beautiful as the brushed metal exterior is, it would be impossible to repair any dents to the bodywork, all the creases harden where they were bent. Any damaged sheet metal would have to be replaced. Well, maybe not, you could always smooth it with some Bondo and paint it... ;-)

Re:The good technology always dies (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8937352)

> Stainless steel body that couldn't rust.

Stainless steel corrodes instead of rusting.

> Light, efficient and well designed midmount engine.

Underpowered unreliable engine

> Gullwing doors.

Doors incompatible with 75% of parking spaces

> Brilliant weighting and suspension that were 10 years ahead of
> what was in anything but supercars...

Go drive one. They wallow like a boat.

I think you're a bit too influenced by the image of the car rather than the reality.

Re:The good technology always dies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8937438)

I think you're a bit too influenced by the image of the car rather than the reality.

I think you didn't get the joke.

Yep (5, Funny)

OriginalChops (773524) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937285)

Car is amazing... But I think I'll stick to my flying train...

Replacement parts? (4, Funny)

adamofgreyskull (640712) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937286)

Does anyone know the availability of replacement parts in this time-line? Willing to travel up to 15 years. Cash waiting.

Re:Replacement parts? (1)

Monkelectric (546685) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937397)

I know you're being silly, but IIRC the parts (motor/transmission) are fairly common, and the factory produced *THOUSANDS* of spare body panels before john delorean was framed which are expensive but quite abundant.

Re:Replacement parts? (1)

isorox (205688) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937411)

You might want to shop here [davesplanet.net] (reference [lindqvist.com]

Yeah.... (5, Funny)

HiQ (159108) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937293)

Imagine that: stepping out of that car in your brand spanking new spandex Tron suite. The girls would be over you like bees on honey...!

VMax (4, Informative)

troon (724114) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937300)

you can always crank it up to 88 mph

...if you can get it to 88mph. Those things were heavy (1200kg/2700lb) and underpowered (130bhp), and the build quality was pretty poor. And yes, I have seen one in the flesh.

Re:VMax (3, Informative)

jeffkjo1 (663413) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937358)

Those things were heavy (1200kg/2700lb) and underpowered (130bhp), and the build quality was pretty poor.

There were problems with some of the original 1981 run that caused them to need extensive work. The kinks got very quickly worked out, however. While you are correct that the vehicle, from a sports car point of view, were overpowered, don't think for a second that the car is on the level of say, Toyota Tercel. The vehicle has a V6 built by Renault-Volvo, and my old Saturn weighed just shy of 2700 lbs. The Saturn also had equal horsepower. It could do 120mph without a problem (so I hear.... cough cough), and Saturns don't have gull wing doors, or a flux capacitor.

Re:VMax (3, Informative)

builderbob_nz (728755) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937385)

And yes, I have seen one in the flesh.

If there is anyone in NZ wanting to see one, there was one in the auto-museam north of Wellington (well there was one last time I looked anyway)

Re:VMax (4, Informative)

tgd (2822) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937443)

Having driven one, I can tell you they'll hit 88 without much effort, but they are quite a bit slower than their exotic image would make you think.

I'm not sure how many people really get it, especially on /. where everyone is pretty young, but the 88mph wasn't a randomly chosen speed. Back when the Deloreans were made and around when the movie was made, US law make all cars have to have an 85mph speedometer. Porsche's, Ferrari's, they all had 85mph speedometers.

So of course it was (dripping with sarcasm) a big deal for a car to get to 88!

Must have for a geek my age (1)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937312)

If you're in your mid-20's, this car probably means somewhat as much to you as it does to me... I basically have to have that. However, what happens when it gets wet? What if I time-travel and hit a pothole at the same time? That wasn't an issue in the valley, but in the Midwest it sure is! :(

Re:Must have for a geek my age (2, Funny)

Anonytroll (751214) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937339)

You sure you mean "pothole" and not "plothole"?

Re:Must have for a geek my age (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8937375)

there's no "plothole" anywhere in the grandparent post, stupid.

Re:Must have for a geek my age (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8937446)

You might have heard of a movie, with sequels, called "Back to the future"?

old or new? (5, Funny)

dragonfly28 (466802) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937317)

Is this the old one or the new one?
To put it in different words do I have to feed it plutonium or bananas?

If it's plutonium then it has too be overpriced, really difficult to get at your local gas station.

But seriously, nice job man!

Re:old or new? (1)

I confirm I'm not a (720413) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937359)

If it's plutonium then it has too be overpriced, really difficult to get at your local gas station.

You could try asking any local Libyans - but don't rip them off. I knew this Professor that tried that...

The 80's .. (2, Funny)

sporty (27564) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937322)

The 80's are calling. It wants its fanboy back. Good thing you have that delorian there McFly. :)

Re:The 80's .. (5, Funny)

Ralp (541345) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937371)

The 80's are calling. It wants its fanboy back.

I couldn't help but notice your sig:
"Wait till they get a load of me!" - Joker, Batman the Movie (1989)

Re:The 80's .. (1)

sporty (27564) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937453)

Busted.

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My goodness (4, Funny)

jabbadabbadoo (599681) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937333)

This guy obviously banged his head in the toilet.

Chick Magnet (4, Funny)

Bricklets (703061) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937334)

This thing is clearly a chick magnet

Maybe if you filled the cup holders full of chicken feed.

Collect them all (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8937347)

Someone should try to acquire all of the existing cars.....imagine a Beowolf Cluster of these Delorean Time Machines......

Hahahahah (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8937368)

I own a Delorean and let me tell you this car is in no way, shape or form a chick magnet.

Why can't this crap stay in the past? (3, Funny)

asbestos_tophat (720099) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937369)

Why can't this crap stay in the past? =o)



That's the trouble with time travel, the probable development of a predestination paradox to irritate with outdated hype. ;o)

Bah! I'll be impressed when a replica of.... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8937373)

The Interceptor of Mad Max is on Ebay! Ford big block, supercharged, the baddest of bad ass movie cars by a long, long way.

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Low Bidding? (2, Funny)

objekt404 (473463) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937380)

Thanks Slashdot, now everry nerd will be watching this. There goes my chances of snipering it on the cheap....

It's just a shame (1)

Stopmotioncleaverman (628352) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937389)

That I can't find anyone selling a flux capacitor. 1.21 Jiggawatts? Where the hell am I going to get that kind of power? I mean sure, that lightning rod thing works, but it gets so damn messy every time, PFFFZZZZTT, let alone the scratches on the paintwork and the need to travel during a storm. Pain in the ass, that. Mind you, they might throw in a few plutonium cores, then I'll be hapy. Although let's face it, the damn Libyans are a problem too. Always chasing me with freaking rocket launchers. In hindsight, it's probably more trouble than it's worth.

worst car... ever (1)

samhalliday (653858) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937395)

they made these things in Belfast (northern ireland) and they handle like shit. i went to school with someone and his father actually owned one (possibly the last one left in the country?), so this is first hand information i heard.

if it weren't for Back to the Future, i swear they would have all been melted down. i heard the manager of the plant was skimping on materials to finance white powder for his nose at the time... but thats just all rumour.

WARNING: not for drag racing (4, Funny)

weiyuent (257436) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937415)


At inopportune moments, the engine might not start. Especially at around 10:04pm on dark stormy nights.

BTTF trivia (5, Informative)

ColonBlow (120356) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937427)

from IMDB, trivia about the Delorean Time Machine:

# The time machine has been through several variations. In the first draft of the screenplay the time machine was a laser device that was housed in a room. At the end of the first draft the device was attached to a refrigerator and taken to an atomic bomb test. In the third draft of the film the time machine was a DeLorean, but in order to send Marty back to the future the vehicle had to drive the DeLorean into an atomic bomb test.

# The device originally considered for use as the time travel machine was a refrigerator. Director Robert Zemeckis said in an interview that the idea was scrapped because he and Steven Spielberg did not want children to start climbing into refrigerators and getting trapped inside.

# The "Mr. Fusion Home Energy Converter", which is sitting on the DeLorean when Doc returns from the future, is made from (among other things) a Krups coffee grinder.

# The script never called for Marty to repeatedly bang his head on the gull-wing door of the DeLorean; this was improvised during filming as the door mechanism became faulty.

The DeLorean time machine is a licensed, registered vehicle in the state of California. While the vanity license plate used in the film says "OUTATIME", the DeLorean's actual license plate reads 3CZV657

When Marty is trying to re-start the DeLorean in 1955 as he prepares to return to 1985, the car's headlights flash the Morse Code for "SOS".

# The DeLorean used in the trilogy is 1981 model with 6-cylinder PRV engine, and the base for the nuclear reactor was made with hubcap from a Dodge Polaris. It is incorrectly quoted as being a 4 cylinder on the 2002 special edition DVD.

watching BTTF (4, Funny)

MikeHunt69 (695265) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937434)

Im going to have to watch back to the future again as I don't remember the car being that ... sucky.

just last night... (1)

EvanTaylor (532101) | more than 10 years ago | (#8937448)

I was walking by a delorean (literally less than 8.4 hours ago) and I thought DAMN that car is small, I couldn't fit in it. There goes a small childhood dream. Thanks to that, I can't really imagine owning one.
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