Back To The Future (1985)

Back To The Future (1985)

Marty: Wait a minute! Time machine? Are you trying to tell me you built a time machine out of a DeLorean?
Doki: The way I see it, if you’re going to build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?”


Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale dreamt about making a movie about time travel for a long time. After many run-ups, with the support of Steven Spielberg they managed to make one of the most significant movies ever

While it is only based on a simple storyline for teens, the movie makes an impact by getting ordinary people involved in time travel. Which explains the fact that the time machine in the movie is also an everyday object: a car.


John DeLorean, a revolutionary engineer and car industry manager who also had a major role in the success of the Pontiac GTO and the Chevrolet Nova at General Motors, got fed up with the limitations of a big company and founded a car manufacturing company of his own. His first and only own model ever, the DMC-12 that came with an amazing futuristic design but a horrible motor range, was delivered from the manufacturing line in Ireland to the American market at the early 80’s.

The two ingredients above, however, were not yet sufficient to make a bombastic movie. The proof of this is that around half of the movie was first shot with another main protagonist (Eric Stolz) as Michael J. Fox was not available because of his TV series commitments. But Zemeckis decided to dump all of the footage he’d filmed and re-shoot the scenes when Fox became available in order to make it as perfect as it became…

In his first major role, Michael J. Fox gives an authentic personification of the ever-stressed out time traveler, who, with all his bloomers becomes an influencer of his own fate in the past, in the future and in the alternative present(s).

Thanks to these eccentric people DMC-12 has become a popular icon. The sporty lowered suspension, the stainless steel unpainted body finish, and the angular lines are trademarks of a legend, of which only 8,583 were produced but over 6,500 are still making their owners proud.

In the meantime, a businessman from Texas bought the rights to manufacture the DMC-12, although this will probably just mean the reassembly and renovation of existing models.




Publish: 2017-09-18 | Category: Movie cars