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LOT #751 – 1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 “MR. FUSION TIME MACHINE” RE-CREATION – NO RESERVE

“Wait a minute. Wait a minute Doc, are you telling me you built a time machine out of a DeLorean?” – Marty McFly

In the 1985 hit film, “Back To The Future,” Michael J. Fox aka Marty McFly did indeed pose that very question to Christopher Lloyd, who played the character of Doc Brown in the sci-fi comedy.

In the movie, Doc in fact built a time machine out of a DeLorean. One lucky bidder will get to go home with an incredibly detailed and accurate re-creation of Doc’s masterpiece at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Collector Car Auction, which takes place June 30-July 2 in the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The DeLorean, which will sell with No Reserve, was built by Dallas-based Bob’s Prop Shop, an NBC-Universal verified vendor who has constructed more than 40 examples of the “Mr. Fusion Time Machine” DeLorean used in the film.

Bob’s Prop Shop re-creations have been featured in numerous museums and theme parks throughout the country, including Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

This “Mr. Fusion Time Machine” began life as a 1981 DeLorean, a California car that was equipped with a mid-mounted 2.85-liter V6 fuel-injected engine and a 5-speed manual transaxle.

As part of the conversion process the fuel injection system was rebuilt and the braking and air conditioning systems were refurbished. Other key upgrades included new gray leather seats, a new headliner and a Custom Autosound Bluetooth stereo system to stream music or make phone calls. Power windows and power locks are included as well.

The builders used the actual “Back To The Future” A-car as a reference point to ensure all of the details on this car mimic the original exactly. That includes the use of aluminum for the rear vents, external mesh rails and other parts.

The cockpit is fully functional, with “Time Circuits” that can be programmed with any dates and time. Working “Plutonium Gauges” feature moving needles and accurate sounds just like in the film.

And, of course, there is the famed Flux Capacitor that was a key component to the film car. The Flux Capacitor can be activated via a demo mode, manually, or by driving the car at 88 mph, a speed at which the GPS will trigger the Time Machine Sequence in real-time.

When engaged, the Flux Capacitor lights up, activates the dates to change on the time circuits, depletes the plutonium gauges to zero and triggers the “Empty” alarm, complete with all the actions and sounds as it happened in the films.

The “Flux Boxes” mounted to each fender and on top of the car were sourced from the original molds used to make the ones found on the movie car.

Other special features include a custom sound system that plays authentic sound effects from the movie, a key fob that plays the “Back To The Future” soundtrack and a fog machine that blows thick smoke out the back vents.

A dedicated battery system will operate all the props, radio, fog machine and lights for many hours without using the car’s main battery.

Bob Prop Shop has serious cred with the Hollywood film industry, as it is endorsed by the creator of “Back to the Future,” Bob Gale, who co-wrote and produced the film, as well as Kevin Pike, the builder of the original movie cars. Endorsement letters from Bob and Kevin are included with the car, and the sun visor has been signed by Christopher Lloyd.

Copies of the endorsement letters, a certificate of authenticity and various replica prop decorations are included. The builder will be on site to explain the functions of the car to the winning bidder.

This is a unique opportunity to purchase an accurate and detailed re-creation of one of the most iconic movie cars of the 1980s. And it will only be sold at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas.

For up-to-date information about this vehicle, click HERE. 

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: BACK TO THE FUTURE: 88 mph Is The Magic Number For This Fully Functional “Mr. Fusion Time Machine” Re-creation
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/back-to-the-future-88-mph-is-the-magic-number-for-this-fully-functional-mr-fusion-time-machine-re-creation/
Published Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2022 15:33:16 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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