Wet and wild DeLorean Hovercraft up for auction
The DeLorean DMC-12 owes massive thanks to the Back to the Future trilogy for forging its status as an automotive icon. One of the most memorable quotes from the film franchise was "Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads!" This statement remained trapped within the movie dimension until 2012, when Matt Riese built a DeLorean that does not need wheels and asphalt to operate. Whilst it may not be based on the original vehicle and cannot fly, it is the next best thing.
The hovercraft appeared on Jay Leno's Garage back in September and this brief video will reveal what it's like to drive.
Is it powered by plutonium?
Sadly no, the hovercraft features a 1 cylinder lawn mower engine at the front and a 2 cylinder utility engine at the rear, both manufactured by Briggs and Stratton. Respectively, they produce 6hp and 23hp, making this a 3 cylinder 29hp hovercraft capable of 31mph (50kmh) under "ideal conditions". Note that its top speed speed is slightly below that of an average hovercraft. The front engine delivers power to a 24-inch lift fan whilst the rear engine provides for the 36-inch fan. It is stated that "hovering in choppy water is not recommended".
It was created using immense passion
The vehicle is based on the Universal Hovercraft UH-13PT and features a DeLorean-style body created from plywood and fibreglass, mounted onto a styrofoam slab. Riese reports that the car has dimensions almost identical to that of the original car and that certainly appears to be the case. Overall, the vehicle weighs in at just 580lb (263kg). Whilst that is all well, the passion for Back to the Future in the form of the added gizmos is truly admirable.
The hovercraft is equipped with gullwing doors, headlights and RGB LEDs in its hoverskirt; however the taillights are non-functional and for aesthetic purposes only. The car's interior consists of switchgear labelled "Mr. Fusion", "Anti-Gravity" and "Flux Capacitor". Overall, Riese calls his creation the "most complicated surfboard ever made".
What are the listing details?
The vehicle is up for auction on Bring A Trailer at a current bid of $7999 USD, quite a bargain considering it was assessed a value of $45,000 two months ago. Many of the mechanical parts were replaced earlier this year and they are all stated in the listing should you be concerned. The hovercraft is registered as a boat, so no, do not expect to hover along the road.
The hovercraft rests in San Francisco if you wish to arrange an inspection and it comes with a custom flatbed trailer designed specifically to carry it. Just be sure to make your mind soon as there are less than 3 days left before the auction ends!
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