Why is the DeLorean in Back To The Future?
Posted on 10th October 2019 at 12:00
With "National Back To The Future Day" being right around the corner on the 21st of October it is best appropriate to answer everyone's most asked question in regards to everyone's favorite car, of course if you hadn't of noticed the car I am reffering to from the blog title it is the infamous DeLorean DMC-12.
With "National Back To The Future Day" being right around the corner on the 21st of October it is best appropriate to answer everyone's most asked question in regards to everyone's favourite car, of course if you hadn't of noticed the car I am referring to from the blog title it is the infamous DeLorean DMC-12.
The DMC-12 is a world-wide icon manufactured in Northern Ireland for the American car industry in 1981 up until the production of the vehicle halted in 1983. The short production time of this vehicle made it a valuable collector’s item for both the Europeans and the Americans throughout the mid to late 1980s and this trend continues up until current day with their average collectors price ranging from £40,000 to £50,000 in Europe and the United Kingdom, in comparison to their US market where the car is slightly more accessible, leading to a cheaper price.
There are several reasons that the DeLorean was used as the time machine in "Back To The Future" the first of which being that it was a fairly new release, and as the film was to be released in 1985 it was a very iconic and noticeable new car, considering manufacturing would of been halted two years prior already making it a collector’s item.
The second reason being that as far as American automobiles go, the car was considered stylish and was designed around John DeLorean's envisions of a "futuristic car" this kind of ideology of "living in the future" was very appealing to the American market and specifically the car industry as everyone was attempting to develop a timeless design that looked good and performed well. However, a car that could also stand the test of time, and still be a noticeable car in the future and develop the way the car industry heads.
Some of the key notable information about the DeLorean DMC-12 was its inclusion of things in the motoring industry that we still see today. most noticeably the falcon-wing doors, despite not being the first car to include doors that opened in a vertical fashion, as there were vehicles in the 1950s such as the 1952 Mercedes-Benz 300SL race car as well as the road car variant, the DeLorean certainly made a time-stamp and moulded the future of modern cars as we still see cars today with their own take on the falcon-wing doors.
Finally, the most important reason why the DeLorean was picked for Back To The Future as Doc Emmet Brown's time machine, is the simple and humble reason of the look and style of the vehicle suited the eccentric nature of Doctor Emmet Brown (Christopher Lloyd)'s acting style.
In an article by Adweek in 2015 that you can read here. It notes that the DeLorean was not a marketing pushy by any company behind the manufacturing or release of the car in the early 1980s and that Robert Helfrich had tried to convince the co-screenwriter Bob Glade to ditch the DeLorean for a Ford Mustang, however Bob Glade wasn't having any of it.
"He tried to convince me to change the DeLorean to a Mustang because Ford Motor Company would give us money," Gale said. "I said, 'No, no, no, Doc Brown doesn't drive a ****ing Mustang.' It had to be a DeLorean. A DeLorean was cool. I have nothing against Mustangs, but nothing is as cool as a DeLorean. A Ford Mustang? Does Doc Brown look like the kind of guy who would drive a Ford Mustang? I'm sorry, no."
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