You'd expect to find the label “Made in Northern Ireland” on a bottle of whiskey but how about on a sports car? The Belfast-born DeLorean DMC-12 was long gone, its parent company bankrupt and the factory where it was built closed, by the time the one-of-a-kind gullwing car rocketed to fame. Debuting in 1981, the DeLorean was a strange, stainless steel bird, but it wasn't until 1985 when the car was transformed into Back to the Future's Plutonium-fueled time machine that it achieved legendary status. Unlike massive shoulder pads on women's suits and the music of Kajagoogoo, it remains just as popular—maybe even more so—than it was three decades years ago.
Of the 8,000 or so DeLoreans that were manufactured, around 6,500 are left, and many of them are owned, garaged, and occasionally driven on the streets of Southern California. The Petersen Auto Museum owns one of only three DeLoreans that were plated in 24 carat gold (no, it’s not going on the auction block). They're showstoppers (no wonder Seth MacFarlane has one) and this Saturday you can see several of the retro classics when Back to the Future screens at the Hollywood Forever cemetery.
As part of the Cinespia event, the Southern California DeLorean Club will bring their beauties to the outdoor movie. Check out the wire-rimmed wheels, the Fireball Run decals, the fiberglass underbody. Maybe there will even be one that’s gussied-up with a Flux Capacitor. The screening is sold out, so if you don't have tickets and can’t sneak in, head to the Denny’s at Sunset and Gower around 5 p.m. where a DeLorean convoy will assemble. Diners who spot a gleaming team of time travel machines need not fear; it’s not a side effect of too much bacon and pancake syrup.