DeLorean DMC-12 time machine from Back to the FutureEnlarge Photo
But perhaps it’s not so much the actors that people remember most but another star of the series, the DeLorean DMC-12 gullwing time machine.
Interestingly, more than two decades after the movies first came out fans all over the globe were finally given their chance to buy up their own piece of Back To The Future nostalgia.
A few months ago Nike announced that it would be selling replicas of the futuristic ‘Nike Mag’ shoes from the second movie, and just a few days later news surfaced that one of the original DMC-12 time machine prop cars used in the actual movies was up for sale. There were seven examples originally built, all with their various modifications made by “Doc”, but of these only three are thought to remain in existence, according to auctioneer Profiles In History.
One of those surviving cars was auctioned off to the public this month, with part of the proceeds going to support The Michael J. Fox Foundation, the world's largest private funder of Parkinson's research. Hemmings reports that it reached a staggering $541,200 at the close of bidding.
The particular car was used mostly in the third movie, where it had most of its suspension replaced and a full roll-cage and Volkswagen V-6 engine also installed. It’s been in private hands for the past eight years, with its owner restoring it to its current state depicted above.