Car Club USA: Back to the Future with the SoCal DeLorean Club

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Car Club USA travels to Los Angeles, CA to meet with proud DeLorean DMC-12 owners and decode a love affair with a car company that failed over 30 years ago.

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Mrs. DeLorean’s own DMC-12 up for grabs [UPDATE]

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John DeLorean gave this brand new DeLorean DMC-12 to his wife Cristina Ferrare in 1982, three years before they divorced. Now it's going up for auction, with only 13,540 miles on the odometer.

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Petrolicious shows off the futuristic styling of the DeLorean DMC-12

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The DeLorean DMC-12 still looks fantastic after all these years. In its latest video, Petrolicious sits down with an owner of one and goes on a ride through the city at night to watch the fluorescent lights play off the car's stainless steel body.

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DeLorean DMC-12 illustrates how a good idea goes bad with Xcar

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Xcar Delorean DMC-12

When John Z. DeLorean set out to build a car, he had good intentions - it'd be small, efficient, sporty, affordable and safe, complete with a rust-free, stainless-steel body. The outcome, though, was a lamentable mess, a coupe whose prestige rests more with its gullwing doors and its star-making role in Back To The Future than in its actual driving character.

Among the many knocks on the DeLorean DMC-12 was its shoddy quality (courtesy of its Northern Ireland factory), its anemic 2.8-liter V6 and an automatic transmission whose shifts registered on the geologic scale. The suspension was overly soft, the steering numb and the brakes left a lot to be desired.

None of that, as Xcar explains, really matters. The DeLorean is still a deeply cool car. Take a look at the latest video from the video outfit to see why.

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What if all famous movie cars had to be cheap?

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Unconventional Heroes by Gerald Bear

Hero cars in films need to be sexy. It's why Doc Brown and Marty went back in time in a DeLorean, and why Bo and Luke Duke tore about Hazzard County in a Dodge Charger. The stars of the show need to get about in something cool.

Artist Gerald Bear seems to disagree with this notion, as his latest series of illustrations, Unconventional Heroes, shows. He's taken the look of famous cars from both the big and small screen and applied their appearance to far, ahem, more humble offerings.

Starsky and Hutch's Ford Gran Torino is transformed into a Fiat Panda, while Speed Racer's Mach 5 takes the form of a BMW Isetta bubble car. Niki Lauda's Ferrari Formula One car, though, is subjected to the funniest transformation, although Optimus Prime's latest form is pretty humorous, as well.

Take a look below at the gallery of images, and be sure to let us know which is your favorite.

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DeLorean time capsule dusted off, made new again

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DeLorean DMC-12 Time Capsule

Time-capsule cars are their own, interesting little sub-genre of the collector car world. Unlike barn finds, which are generally just forgotten and left to time, there's a sense of deliberateness to time capsules that makes them even more exciting.

One of the most interesting recent time-capsule cases we've heard of has been well recapped by AutoWeek. Ironic as it may be, the time-capsule car in question is none other than the DeLorean DMC-12, the iconic star of the Back To The Future series. This particular example had just 308 miles on the ticker when it was brought in to Mike Vietro, a San Francisco Corvette dealer.

Vietro's experience with the car and it's owner makes for an interesting read. Hop over to AutoWeek and have a look.

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eBay Find of the Day: 1981 DeLorean with 570-hp twin-turbo Buick V6 [w/videos]

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DeLorean Twin-Turbo

"Are you telling me that you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?" So asked one Marty McFly of his mentor Dr. Emmett Brown, who replied: "The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?"

Doc Brown was right, of course: with an exotic mid-engine layout, gullwing doors and stainless steel body, the DeLorean DMC-12 sure looked the part. It just needed a little more juice. Well this one might not have 1.21 gigawatts of time-bending power - that'd be more than one and a half million horsepower - but it does have more than the 150 hp in the the standard 2.8-liter V6.

DeLorean Twin-TurboThat's because this particular DeLorean has had its stock Peugeot Renault Volvo engine swapped out for a Buick-sourced, all-aluminum, 4.3-liter V6 from the Grand National. Dutteiller Performance didn't leave the engine in stock form, either: while they were swapping it out, they added a pair of turbochargers, new pistons, crank, cams and much, much more.

The result is an engine dyno'd at a massive 708 horsepower and tuned to deliver 570 hp. Dubbed the World's Fastest DeLorean, it was featured on Drive TV in an episode of Tuned you can view below along with another slideshow of the engine build. And best of all, it can be yours: it's for sale on eBay Motors with less than 37,000 miles on the odometer, with bids currently standing at $13,300 as we go to press.

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Back to the Future / Knight Rider mashup warms the cockles of our hearts

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Knight Rider / Back to the Future mashup - video screencap

If you're a fan of car-focused media from the 1980s, have we got a video for you. A certifiable genius Someone has mashed up scenes from the Back to the Future trilogy with the opening theme and voiceover from Knight Rider. Yes, Doc Brown's Delorean time machine replaces Michael Knight's KITT, while The Hoff is replaced by Michael J. Fox.

The funny thing is, if BTTF's theme song weren't so absolutely memorable, the Knight Rider treatment would really feel quite natural. Take a look below to watch the full mashup, and let us know what you think in Comments.

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Take a look into the past with a posse of DeLorean owners

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A couple of months ago, 49 DeLorean DMC-12s were part of the Celebration of Autos held at and around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Put together by the Indiana DeLorean Motor Club, the parade of stainless steel gullwing coupes was furthermore captured and detailed by Kassim Norris, who spoke to club president Jason Sharkey and club member Rick Vermillion about their love of the cars and the event.

The word in advance was that Epic Electric Vehicles was going to bring its first electric DMC-12 to the event, but it's not clear from the video whether that happened. Still, there nearly 50 DeLoreans all in one place - the video below.

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Restored Back to the Future DeLorean arrives at Universal Studios [w/video]

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TIme Machine Restoration Delorean DMC-12 - front three-quarter view - video screencap

Fans of the Back to the Future trilogy will be pleased to learn that Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown's modified 1981 DeLorean DMC-12, better known as a time machine, is on display at Universal Studios Hollywood in California after a painstaking museum-quality restoration over the past year. While Universal used a handful of cars during filming from 1985 to 1990, this particular vehicle is referred to as the "Hero A" car, as it was the only Delorean featured in all three films.

The Time Machine Restoration Team was tasked with bringing the car back to its original state during its first appearance in Back to the Future, complete with its plutonium-powered flux capacitor (later versions were modified to develop power for time travel from lightning and garbage). From what we can tell, the team's work appears flawless.

While we are still waiting for the official announcement from Universal regarding the project, the team has put up a slick teaser video that you can watch below and has posted a bunch of pictures on its Facebook page. Enthusiast of the films or not, both are worthy of a closer look.

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