DeLorean time machine



2015-06-26 10:54:07

The DeLorean time machine is a fictional time machine based on a DeLorean DMC-12 from the Back to the Future films.

The fictional machine was plutonium powered and had to reach 88 miles per hour in order to travel through time.

The film explains that in 1955 Doc, the machine’s inventor, slipped on his toilet and hit his head on the sink whilst hanging a clock in his bathroom. When he came to he had a vision of a flux capacitor. He set to work building it and completed it in 1985.

Flux capacitor

The flux capacitor is a fictional device described by Doc in the film as “what makes time travel possible”. It is explained as being the core component of the DeLorean time machine.

The flux capacitor was fixed on a bulkhead behind the seats. When the DeLorean neared 80 miles per hour, the light on the flux capacitor would pulse more rapidly until it became a steady stream. This is when time travel would occur.

The Back to the Future films never gave an exact account of how the flux capacitor is supposed to have worked, although it is mentioned that the stainless steel body of the DeLorean has a direct effect on the “flux dispersal”.

Notable sales

A replica DeLorean time machine was sold by Profiles in History in 2010 for $112,920.

Profiles in History also sold the time machine’s licence plate which reads “OUTATIME”. It was sold in June 2010 for $9,000.

The actual screen used DeLorean Time Machine from Part III of the trilogy sold in December of 2011 at a Profiles in History auction in Beverly Hills, California. A collector on the east coast of the United States paid $541,200.00 including auction fees for this one-of-a-kind piece of movie memorabilia. Of the seven DeLoreans used during the filming of the Back to the Future trilogy, only 3 remain and this is the only one in private hands. The other two cars are on display at Universal Studios Theme Parks in California and Florida.


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