A Back to the Future DeLorean replica is being auctioned on behalf of the Fox Foundation, but this one features remote control!
Expedition Unknown is an American reality television series hosted by Josh Gates. In this programme, Josh travels the world to try and uncover some of the world’s oldest and strangest mysteries.
In a special four episode series, Expedition: Back to the Future, Josh lends his talents to his favourite film of all time, Back to the Future. Along for the ride is actor Christopher Lloyd, who as you obviously know, portrayed the character of Doc Brown in that very film series.
The premise for Expedition: Back to the Future, which can be found on the Discovery+ streaming service, is to discover what happened to the original DeLorean car used during filming. Josh is surprised to find that during the course of making the trilogy, seven cars were built.
Josh and Chris travel the country to discover what has happened to those seven cars in the intervening years.
Rather than the normal documentary style of television, the whole series is wrapped in the narrative that Josh was visited by a real Doc Brown who informed him that he must deliver a time machine to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research for a charity auction.
The Fox Foundation was established by Michael in 2000 and is the largest non-profit funder of Parkinson’s disease research in the world. Michael of course suffers from the disease himself.
So when Josh discovers he can’t take a screen used machine, he goes to the experts to build an authentic replica. This replica turns out to be something rather special.
The car has been built by the three men you’d want on a project like this. First, Danny Botkin, Manager at DeLorean Motor Company of California and has been building replica time machines for years.
Kevin Pike, a special effects supervisor whose company built the original DeLorean time machine for the original film.
Finally, we have Joe Walser, he spent two years with a dedicated team of enthusiasts restoring the original hero car which now sits in the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
The DeLorean that is up for auction.
However, this couldn’t just be another replica, there had to be something extra special to help raise money for the Fox Foundation.
This DeLorean time machine uses many of the same parts from the same scrapyard from which the original car was built.
Most importantly, this replica features two major selling points for any admittedly very rich Back to the Future fan.
The Flux Capacitor, the device that makes time travel possible, was taken from the second car built for Back to the Future trilogy, the stunt car.
Finally, remember near the beginning of the original Back to the Future when Doc Brown drove the car remotely around the Twin Pines shopping mall car park? This car has been hooked up to do the very same thing and the remote control even looks near identical to Doc Brown’s as seen in the film.
So how much will all this set you back? Well, the estimated value is $500,000. At the time of writing, the current bid is $150,000 and the reserve hasn’t been met.
You can find out more over at the Charity Buzz website. There you will find all the technical details about the car and the relevant auction rules. This includes the rule that this auction is only open for US residents. Woah, this is heavy! That rules me out!
All the money raised will go to the Fox Foundation and if you need to call in a few favours to get the money together, you have until April 15th.