Iconic Movie Cars – Back to the Future – 1981 DeLorean DMC-12

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This week we are going Back to the Future with the 1981 DeLorean DMC-12. This car first was seen in the movie Back to the Future where Marty Mcfly and Doc meet at a shopping mall one night and Doc explains to Marty what he has been working on. It was a modified DeLorean DMC-12. The vehicle is powered by plutonium which supplies 1.21 Gigawatts of power to a device Doc calls the “Flux Capacitor.” Unfortunately the Libyan terrorists show up (the ones Doc stole the plutonium from) so DeLorean_DMC-12_Time_Machine_-_Mr._FusionMarty jumps into the car after watching Doc get shot and takes off hitting the infamous 88 MPH on the way the Delorean takes off on a wild trip to the past!

For obvious reasons the Delorean was modified to make it look more like a time machine. The car had its 6 cylinder sluggish motor replaced with a Porsche 8 Cylinder engine to help the car hit its 88 MPH mark to time travel. The base of the DeLorean’s nuclear reactor was constructed from a hubcap taken from a Dodge Polara. Aircraft parts and blinking lights were added for additional effects. In later movies the Delorean would turn into a transforming flying car, that could fly and drive. This of course was also powered by Mr. Fusion, the unit that hangs on the back of the car.

As we all know the Delorean was a huge flop and did not sell well at all. There is a ton of history on the car and the original run produced only 8,583 cars. The first prototype appeared in October of 1976, and the production began in 1981 in Dunmurry, Ireland. During the production several changes were made like the hood, wheels, and interior. Production was halted in 1983. The Delorean sported gull-wing doors, unpainted stainless steel body panels, and a rear-mounted engine. The engine is a Peugeot Renault 83-Delorean-DMC_12-DV-09-AP-01Volvo (PRV) 2.85 Litre V6 which was design and built under special contract with the DMC Company. The price was $12,000 for one of these puppies back in the day which now equates to $64,852 in 2013. The Delorean had horrible build quality and that pretty much ended the life of this car.

Thank God for Back to the Future so we can always take a trip back to remember this great Iconic movie car. I grew up always watching these movies and wanting a Delorean of my own. As I got older I looked into these cars in more detail and found the horrors of what the Delorean was. All the doors leaked, the cars were incredibly slow (nothing like what the film portrayed) and at the time it was very hard to find parts for it. However, now there is a new company in Texas that has obtained a lot of the left over parts from the original company that had gone into liquidation when it closed years ago.

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Iconic Movie Cars – Christine – 1958 Plymouth Fury

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Welcome back everyone to another weekly edition of iconic movie cars. This week’s car is the 1958 Plymouth Fury in the movie Christine based on the novel by Stephen King published in 1983. The movie follows a sentient and violent automobile named “Christine”, and its effects on Christine’s teenage owner. I remember watching this movie a few times and I still watch it when it is on. I never knew much about the Plymouth Fury, but one thing I did know is how beautiful the car is!

Early radio ads promoting the movie announced it was a ’57 Fury’ but in 79241_Side_Profile_Web reality it was a 1958 Fury, the car shown in the film had stunt doubles. The Fury had a small production of 5,303 units. The car was very hard to find and also very expensive at the time of filming. Also the Fury only came in one color, ‘Buckskin Beige’, seen on other Fury’s during the initial scenes of the movie. So to help with the filming and destruction of the car in the film the Belvedere and Savoy were dressed up to look like the 1958 Fury. Twenty cars were destroyed in the filming of the movie, of the twenty cars used in the film only 2 still existed and were rescued. Once of them was restored by collector Bill Gibson.

The Plymouth Fury was produced from 1956 to 1978. The Fury was introduced as a sporty, premium-priced model designed to showcase the line, with the intent to draw consumers into showrooms. The Fury was a sub-series of the Plymouth Belvedere from 1956 through 1958. It was sold only as the color mentioned above. The car was a 2-door Hartop coupe with gold anodized aluminum trim in 1956 and 1957. The fury had a special interior, bumper wing-guards and a V8 engine with twin 4-barrel carbs. The 1957 and ’58 model came with a 318 cu in 5.21L engine that produced 290HP. But in ’58 the optional engine was a 350 cu in 5.7L (Called Golden Commando) producing 305HP.

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The Fury’s changed throughout the years just like any other car but the 1970’s were not very good to this car. The Fury went through it’s ugly stage and it came into a style that I don’t think I would ever want. There was a 1972 Fury Sport Suburban station wagon that is just something… Something that ruined the spirit of the car in my opinion. It went away from being a “Sporty Premium Mode” to a family station wagon, what were these manufacturers thinking in the 70’s? But I have to say, seeing that 1958 Fury in the movie, in the cherry red color just makes me love that car more and more. Of course as long as it is not a murdering death car!

Parting out 2001 Volkswagen Cabrio – Stock # 130464



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Parting out 2008 Volvo V50 – Stock # 130119



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Parting out 2006 Audi A6 – Stock # 130170



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Parting out 2006 Nissan Altima – Stock # 130266



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Parting out 2002 Volvo XC70 – Stock # 130231



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Parting out 2004 Nissan Murano – Stock # 130253



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