• This Lego DeLorean Is The Ultimate Back To The Future Ode

The DeLorean DMC-12 was not a car to write home about, but its Lego counterpart fixes that

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Car guy or not, you probably know what a DeLorean DMC-12 is. And we’re willing to bet you’ve seen Back to the Future, where the DMC-12 takes up the time machine role, so you have a pretty good picture of how it looks as well. Now, the DeLorean was meant to be a prolific sports car. Except it never reached that height. Although its fiberglass body structure and stainless steel body panels were designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and had gullwing doors, the amount of power and performance it actually offered on the road was not that impressive. But do you know what’s impressive? A Lego version of the DeLorean built with extreme attention to detail. And no, this is not an official Lego set, which makes it even more enticing.

Tell me more about the custom Lego DeLorean DMC-12

For starters, it’s the brainchild of designer Dave Slater. By the way, the guy’s Flickr feed is absolute Lego eye candy so you should give it a thorough check. Coming back to the topic at hand, you can find the set’s build instructions and digital part list on Brick Vault, for $29.00. However, if you’re looking to get the required pieces off Brick Link, then you’re looking at a price tag of anything between $325 and $350.

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Truth be told, we’ve been looking for some time at the pictures and there’s really a lot of detail that went into designing it, especially for key areas such as the front and rear ends. Now, the attention to details goes to such length that the designer even replicated the DeLorean’s futuristic number plates and you can even switch them with a California State OUTATIME plate. Moreover, the hood is actually angled downwards, and the gullwing doors (which are working doors, by the way) have been seamlessly integrated into the car’s boxy body.

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Since we mentioned the doors, you should also know that there are three angles built into them and once lifted, they just keep their position without falling down and closing again. Furthermore, the cabin is fitted with seats, a steering wheel, a handbrake lever, and a gear shifter, plus a front dashboard to top it all off. Then you get all the bits and pieces that replicate the intricate mechanism of the flux capacitor as seen in the movie - because first and foremost, the DeLorean is a time machine.

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Size-wise, the custom Lego DeLorean measures 36 cm in length, 14 cm in width and 13 cm in height. That’s around 14 inches long, 5.5 inches wide and 5.1 inches tall. If we look at some of Lego’s official Creator sets, say the Volkswagen Beetle, it’s obvious that they’re similarly sized. For the sake of the bigger picture, the Lego VW Beetle is 11 inches long, 5 inches tall and 4 inches wide. However, it’s the price that makes the difference. You can have the Beetle for $99, but it features just 1,167 pieces, while the custom DeLorean is made of 2,010 pieces and will cost north of $300, as mentioned above.

Lego DeLorean DMC-12 Specs

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Parts 2,010
Size 36 cm x 14 cm x 13 cm
Build price $325-$350

Further reading

1981 DMC DeLorean
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Read our full review on the 1981 DMC DeLorean.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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