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Back To The Present

Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.


Sadly, in reality, we do.


The future is finally here – and it’s not quite how the producers of Back to the Future Part Two imagined back in 1989. Fans of the film have been waiting for October 21, 2015, to roll around – the day that Marty McFly travels to in the second film of the trilogy.



And while we don’t have flying cars just yet, the automotive industry has made some giant leaps as regards automation – think adaptive cruise control, all-round cameras and sat-nav.


All three Back to the Future films are littered with cars. Here, we’re taking a look at the main players.


DeLorean DMC-12


“You built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?”


We’ve got to start with the big one. Although the film poked fun at the notion of time travel by building Doc Brown’s invention into probably one of the most futuristic-looking cars of the 1980s, the real car was a failure.





But, thanks to plenty of embellishments that, as well as being essential to time travel, actually made the 1981 DMC-12 look more exciting, the car became something of an icon as the hero of the films. And it’s for that reason that it continues to have a big following around the world.


Ford Super Deluxe


Young Biff’s car in the 1955 sections of the films was a 1946 Ford Super Deluxe.


Towards the end of Back to the Future Part Two, when Marty and Doc Brown are desperately trying to relieve Biff of the Sports Almanac and restore their version of 1985 back to how it should be, the Doc exclaims that the Ford would ‘rip through us like tin foil’ if he were to land on it.





Something of a testament to the build quality of 1940s American cars, we think. The model was produced between 1941 and 1948, albeit with a gap of several years due to World War Two.


GMC Value Van


Possibly the second most-famous vehicle from the film is Doc Brown’s van.


First seen in the parking lot in 1985 as Doc carries out the first ever successful time travel experiment known to man, the van was a GMC Value Van.





When they weren’t at the centre of ground-breaking science experiments, the vans were more often seen being used for deliveries around America, loved by firms doing multi-stop work thanks to the sliding doors on the cab. Housing a DeLorean-based time machine is way cooler, though.


Toyota Hilux


Having started production in 1968, the Toyota Hilux is still going strong today and is heralded as one of the toughest vehicles in the world.


In Back to the Future, the Toyota is coveted by Marty as his dream car and he has visions of taking his girlfriend Jennifer on a romantic trip to the lake.





And, thanks to his meddling back in 1955, his dream becomes a reality. Because Marty manages to turn his dad, George, into a much more confident person due to his exploits in getting his parents together in 1955, at the end of the first film Marty finds that his now well-off author father has bought him the pickup truck.


As Jennifer says: “How about a ride, Mister?”


BMW 633 CSi


Although the car driven by Griff, son of Biff, in the second movie looks futuristic, it’s actually a converted BMW 633CSi, which was produced by the German firm between 1977 and 1984.





It makes its appearance outside the Cafe 80s and its taillight gets smashed by Griff as he tries to apprehend Marty ahead of the famous Hoverboard chase scene. Alongside the DeLorean, that makes two decidedly 80s cars that could fly in 2015.


And the rest


From start to finish the films are packed with motors – also worth a mention is 1955 Doc Brown’s 1948 Packard Custom Eight Victoria; George’s shiny BMW 733i at the end of the first movie; the 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air driven by Lorraine’s dad, knocking over Marty, in 1955 and the VW camper that the Libyans chasing Marty drove.


But we’ll leave the final words to Doc Brown: “We are descending towards Hill Valley, California, at 4.29pm, on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015.”


See you there.


All images courtesy of Universal Pictures

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