DeLorean test car from Back to the Future

Despite the prevailing thought that DeLorean Process Car (a.k.a. test car) from Back to the Future was destroyed (or disassembled for parts), I have now seen two references to its survival in the last few months.

The most recent is in Premiere Props Hollywood Extravaganza VII Auction on September 15-16.


The description was also on iCollector. This mention has since been removed, because the DeLorean test car is not in the Premiere auction. Why was it mentioned in the auction details? From what I was told, it was also mentioned in an early press release. Did Premiere get its hands on a DeLorean? What happened to it?


In any case, noticing this in the Premiere Props auction brings up a few months prior when an alleged Process Car was offered to Profiles in History (when I was still there). After conferring with a couple of BTTF experts at the time, it just didn’t look right and the car was ultimately rejected. It was thought that it appeared to be a prototype mockup of the Ride car.

The mystery still remains as to what “test car” Premiere Props might have thought they had. Since there is no listing, and no images, your guess is as good as mine.


  1. Tom SIlknitter · September 5, 2012

    Could it be the gimball that was used for the special effects stage? Universal made a mock process car for the effects stage. If the hub was complete (front of the fiberglass tub of the passenger compartment), then it was the one for Universal Studios guests. Either way I have photos of both, so it could be easy to figure out.

    • Fong Sam · September 5, 2012

      We’ll need to see images of what Premiere thought they had. I took pictures of the one that was offered to Profiles, so if there is anything that shows up, we have references to compare.

      • Tom SIlknitter · September 5, 2012

        Does these images look like the one that was offered? This is the special effects stage one.
        Photo from my facebook page.

  2. Jack Morrissey · September 5, 2012

    Hey Fong, also worth noting that the WOPR is not from the original WARGAMES, but was made and used in the straight-to-video, sequel, WARGAMES: THE DEAD CODE 2008. The piece does come from the MGM lock-up in downtown L.A. – I have several photos of it taken there a few years ago and the precise rusting matches perfectly. Sadly, the same rust matches exactly to this scene:

    • Fong Sam · September 5, 2012

      Jack, thanks for reminding me of this.

  3. JManning · September 5, 2012

    Hi Fong.

    I spoke with someone at Premier Props and was told they wrote their press release on the assumption they were getting the car, yet they never received it.

    The woman I spoke with added that does not mean they will not have the car in the future.

    When I asked for if she could be more specific, I was told that was the only information she had at the moment to share.

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