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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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WHICH WAY TO THE BEACH? Classic Collectibles Perfect for Coastal Cruising

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WHICH WAY TO THE BEACH? Classic Collectibles Perfect for Coastal Cruising
LOT #698 – 2023 DODGE DEMON 170 CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

Let’s face it: We gearheads spend entirely too much time talking about horsepower, performance, going fast and turning corners. Maybe it’s time to just slow down and enjoy the ride.

Back in the ’50s and ’60s, cruising was all the rage (think “American Graffiti”). It was a simple love of rolling through town on a Saturday night in your pride and joy, hanging out with your friends and just having fun.

When it comes to driving in Florida, however, cruising in your favorite collector car – in this case, preferably a convertible – inevitably means heading to the beach. Put on your shades, drop that top and feel those ocean breezes as you head down the Sunshine State’s scenic highway, the A1A.

We can’t imagine anything better than cruising the Florida coast in a classic Cadillac or Lincoln. Land yachts, anyone? Perhaps a beautiful Bel Air or Buick. Does that top on your Resto-Modded Bronco or Blazer come off? Go for it. Heck – even if your ride isn’t a convertible, just roll all those windows down, crank up the tunes and take delight in the drive.

Enjoy this sample of potentially great beach cruisers – each selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction, April 18-20 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. As Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Don’t miss the chance to put yourself behind the wheel of one of these beauties and head for the coast.

LOT #698 – 2023 DODGE DEMON 170 CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE
Pictured above, this Demon convertible is powered by a 6.2-liter 8-cylinder engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Authorized and warrantied convertible conversion performed by Jeff Moran of Droptop Customs.

LOT #657 – 1987 FERRARI 328 GTS TARGA – NO RESERVE

Finished in a Rosso Corsa Red exterior over a Connolly tan interior. Recently serviced, including timing belt and all fluids. Serviced and overhauled all suspension and brake systems. 19,503 miles (title reads exempt).

LOT #680 – 1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/340 CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

Powered by a 327/340hp V8 engine with 4-speed manual transmission. Recipient of an older frame-off restoration in Tuxedo Black with black interior and black convertible top. Bloomington Gold and Top Flight award-winner. Includes owner’s manual and awards.

LOT #765 – 1965 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

California car powered by an LS-powered fuel-injected V8 engine backed by an automatic transmission. Rides on Air Lift suspension. Equipped with custom leather interior and integrated entertainment pad touchscreen with Bluetooth.

LOT #697 – 1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

Powered by a 6.2-liter LS V8 engine and 5-speed manual transmission. In Gunmetal Gray with a custom red leather interior and red canvas convertible top. Includes an Art Morrison chassis, Vintage Air, power steering, Wilwood disc brakes and power windows.

Powered by a 390ci V8 engine paired with an automatic transmission. Frame-on restoration to original condition. New brakes, master cylinder and mufflers. Purchased from dealer showroom floor in 1959.

LOT #668 – 1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

Powered by a fuel-injected 383ci stroker BluePrint engine using a Holley Sniper unit, providing 491hp and 455 ft/lbs of torque based on the dyno sheet. Backed by a 5-speed TREMEC manual transmission.

Powered by its original 272ci engine and automatic transmission. Completely restored to its factory condition, with the “Bumble Bee” color scheme and power convertible top.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: WHICH WAY TO THE BEACH? Classic Collectibles Perfect for Coastal Cruising
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/which-way-to-the-beach-classic-collectibles-perfect-for-coastal-cruising/
Published Date: Tue, 09 Apr 2024 15:36:07 +0000

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ADVENTURE AWAITS: 4x4s Will Take You Wherever You Want To Go

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ADVENTURE AWAITS: 4x4s Will Take You Wherever You Want To Go
LOT #700 – 1971 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV – NO RESERVE

When you think about it, it’s not surprising that four-wheel drive has been around for more than two centuries. After all, the roads back in the late 1800s were certainly in less-than-ideal condition, so drivers naturally welcomed the ability to travel on challenging road surfaces without worry.

The world’s first four-wheel-drive car directly powered by an internal-combustion engine was the Dutch Spyker 60 HP, commissioned for the Paris to Madrid race of 1903. But it was the advent of war that brought four-wheel-drive vehicles into mass production. The 3-ton FWD Model B Nash Quad became a standard military four-wheel-drive truck for the U.S. Army in World War I. The Quad not only came with four-wheel-drive and four-wheel brakes, but also featured four-wheel steering. It was one of the first successful four-wheel-drive vehicles ever to be made.

The World War II Jeep, originally developed by American Bantam but mass-produced by Willys and Ford, became the best-known four-wheel-drive vehicle in the world during World War II. As soon as the war was nearly over, Willys developed the CJ2, which gave rise to the CJ2A in 1945. Hot on its heels, Dodge also started production of the civilian 4WD Power Wagon trucks for the 1946 model year. Both the Willys and the Dodge were developed directly from their WWII predecessors.

Today’s rugged four-wheel-drive vehicles often showcase an incredible blend of both utility and comfort. The fantastic 4x4s headed to the 2024 Palm Beach Auction with No Reserve are perfect examples of vehicles that don’t stop performing when the pavement ends.

LOT #700 – 1971 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV – NO RESERVE

Pictured above is a 1971 Ford Bronco custom SUV powered by Gen 3 Coyote 5.0-Liter V8 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, with 4-wheel drive. Has dual exhaust, headers, cold-air intake, 2.5-inch suspension lift and a 3-inch body lift. Rides on 20-inch KMC wheels wrapped in 35-inch tires.

LOT #691 – 1971 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV – NO RESERVE

Nicknamed “Black Betty;” rotisserie-restored and custom-built by JFB Off Road. Powered by a BluePrint Engines 306/370hp crate engine and a 4-speed auto transmission. Finished in Tuxedo Black with a Wimbledon White hardtop over a custom leather interior.

LOT #752 – 1972 GMC JIMMY CUSTOM SUV – NO RESERVE

Powered by an LS3 430hp V8 engine and automatic transmission. Fully restored and customized with Chevrolet grille, tailgate and badges, Ringbrothers door handles, custom wood floor, Vintage Air system, Dakota Digital gauges and 17-inch U.S. Mags wheels.

Powered by a built fuel-injected 347ci stroker V8 engine mated to an AX15 5-speed manual transmission, with 4×4. Has 2.5-inch suspension lift, Bilstein shocks, Vintage Air, Flowmaster exhaust, hydro-boost 4-wheel disc brakes and 18-inch Moto Metal wheels.

Built by Time Warp Customs and displayed at the Rubicon Express booth at SEMA 2017. Powered by a 6.4-liter 392ci V8 engine rated at 485hp and 475 ft/lbs of torque. 3,837 actual miles on the truck and build. May not be emissions compliant in all 50 states.

Powered by a 6.4-liter inline-6 Cummins diesel engine and an automatic transmission. Highly modified build that includes a functional 2016 Ram Mega Cab interior with air conditioning, custom bed, Kelderman air suspension and American Force wheels.

LOT #751 – 1991 LAND ROVER DEFENDER 130 CUSTOM SUV – NO RESERVE

Powered by a new LS3 6.2-liter 425hp V8 engine paired with a 6-speed GM 6L80E automatic transmission. Has new chassis, suspension, steering, driveline and interior. Equipped with AP 4-wheel disc brakes. May not be emissions compliant in all 50 states.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: ADVENTURE AWAITS: 4x4s Will Take You Wherever You Want To Go
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/adventure-awaits-4x4s-will-take-you-wherever-you-want-to-go/
Published Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2024 16:00:23 +0000

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Who Are These Mystery Motorcycle Racers From the 1970s?

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Flat-track racers a split second after the flag drops. Know where and when was this photo taken? Let us know in the comments.
Flat-track racers a split second after the flag drops. Know where and when was this photo taken? Let us know in the comments. (Anonymous/Unknown/)

Any idea who this vintage racer named Mike is? Or where he’s having all this fun? If so, let us know.

A recent purchase of an abandoned Chicagoland storage locker turned up a trove of racing photographs from the 1970s and ‘80s. Early this year, a buyer who wishes to remain anonymous found 53 large- and small-format photographs of a racer named Mike who enjoyed flat-track racing, owned a red van, and liked roadracing as well. And he took a trip to Daytona at some point. Perhaps he owned or worked at a radio/electronics shop called “Radiotronics”?

Mike looked like a fun guy. He had cool racing duds from Lancer Leathers, liked doing wheelies on pitbikes, and looked good on his Yamaha two-stroke tracker and roadrace bike. Judging by the number of van pictures, he also loved van life. And he knew who famous racer Don Vesco was, since he snapped a pic of his van.

The buyer notes that items found in the storage unit indicate Mike having lived in Alabama, with family or friends possibly located in Chicago’s north suburbs. His race number was 117 and 217. Could it be AMA-sanctioned racing? The roadracing photos could be from the pits in Daytona, though it’s unclear. It seems he also rode a red Yamaha TD2 or TR2 with No. 373. It was a popular race setup in the ‘70s, with a trick swingarm and non-stock frame. You could buy a racing-prepped bike straight from the dealer.

They’re a wonderful glimpse into someone’s past life. Before smartphones and ubiquitous cameras, photography took time, commitment, and care. Time has given the pictures a tint and hue that Instagram filters can’t replicate. Maybe one of our loyal Motorcyclist readers could shed some light on this minor mystery? Any info or helpful clues can be posted in the comments section.

A man identified as Mike, sponsored by Competition Cycles, puts down power and a steel shoe around an unidentified dirt track, sometime in the 1970s or ’80s.
A man identified as Mike, sponsored by Competition Cycles, puts down power and a steel shoe around an unidentified dirt track, sometime in the 1970s or ’80s. (Anonymous/Unknown/)
A proud portrait of Mike the mystery racer with leathers made by a company called Lancer Leathers, sometime in the 1970s or ’80s.
A proud portrait of Mike the mystery racer with leathers made by a company called Lancer Leathers, sometime in the 1970s or ’80s. (Anonymous/Unknown/)
Mike the mystery racer (117) in the middle of a pack, track and date unknown.
Mike the mystery racer (117) in the middle of a pack, track and date unknown. (Anonymous/Unknown/)
Either they’re working on their race face, or a track official is yelling at them. A riders’ meeting, track and date unknown.
Either they’re working on their race face, or a track official is yelling at them. A riders’ meeting, track and date unknown. (Anonymous/Unknown/)
An unidentified Yamaha racer holding court. An unidentified Yamaha dirt track bike and roadracer (possibly a TD2 or TR2?) awaiting a new rear tire, date and track unknown.
An unidentified Yamaha racer holding court. An unidentified Yamaha dirt track bike and roadracer (possibly a TD2 or TR2?) awaiting a new rear tire, date and track unknown. (Anonymous/Unknown/)
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By: Anders T. Carlson
Title: Who Are These Mystery Motorcycle Racers From the 1970s?
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/photo-galleries/who-are-these-mystery-motorcycle-racers-from-1970s/
Published Date: Tue, 09 Apr 2024 16:53:28 +0000

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