Strap on your Nike Air Mags and start blasting Huey Lewis because today, October 21st, is Back to the Future Day. It’s the day when noted rock n’ roll ‘80s teen Marty McFly travels into the future year of 2015 in Back to the Future II. What’s a better way to celebrate than renting a DeLorean DMC-12 and cruising around pretending you’re in a cooler future than the one we got?
There are actually several examples of everyone’s favorite Irish-built stainless steel rear-engined wondercar that can be rented on Turo. The first car I found is available for $325 per day in Redondo Beach, California. The second is $169 a day in Rancho Cucamonga. Here’s another one in Manhattan Beach for $170 a day. Yet another lives in Denver for $276 a day.
These specific DeLoreans are 1981 and 1982 models and are not equipped with a flux capacitor, Mr. Fusion, or anything else outside of a Franco-Swedish V6 engine. Hitting 88 mph actually takes quite a long time in a DeLorean because it only has 130 horsepower, and also the speedo tops out at 85 mph. Plutonium is a little hard to come by, even in 2017, and I don’t think it’ll help performance very much anyway.
There’s also this full-on Back to the Future-converted car in Pleasanton, CA, but that owner wants $1,500 a day for it. You also can’t drive it! They chauffeur you around in it, but maybe you can call that person “Doc” if you sweet talk them.
Outside of its role in Back to the Future, the DeLorean DMC-12 is a striking car. It’s not quite like anything else with its extremely angular wedge shape, stainless steel body panels and gullwing doors. Even if you aren’t a fan of the movies, it’s still a really fascinating looking car that’s worth a look.
Are you going to emulate Marty McFly and Doc Brown with a DMC-12 or is the real car more bark than bite?