PHOTOS: 3M Tribute Includes Gold DeLorean, Time Lapse Wrap Video

Oct 21, 2015

*Click below to see the gold DeLorean photo gallery

3M marked Back to the Future Day (Oct. 21, 2015) with a gold DeLorean wrap that celebrates

the date when Marty McFly travelled to the future in Back to the Future Part II.

The company released two videos to document and make light of the DeLorean wrap. One video, shown above, offers a time-lapse glimpse of how the wrap came together. The other video (shown below) is a vintage-styled infomercial describing the 3M products used on the vehicle, including 3M Wrap Film Series 1080 BR241 Brushed Gold vinyl film, the 3M Wheel Weight System, and 3M Automotive Window Film Crystalline Series.

Why Gold?

The DeLorean Motor Co. built fewer than 10,000 cars. As the result of a special factory project, three were gold, according to 3M. To pay tribute to Back to the Future Day, the company turned a fourth DeLorean gold.

DeLorean Fast Facts from 3M

  • The DeLorean was named the DMC-12 because of its intended original price of $12,000. However, DMC-12s had a suggested retail price of $25,000 (equivalent to approximately $64,852 in 2014)
  • Today a typical, non-gold, DeLorean resells for anywhere between $25,000 and $40,000
  • Only 9,000 DeLoreans were made before production stopped. It’s believed there are about 6,500 DeLoreans still in existence
  • The DeLorean was not the first choice for the original Back to the Future film. Filmmakers initially thought of having the time machine be a “time chamber” that resembled a refrigerator.
  • The three gold DeLoreans known in existence are in a museum in Los Angeles, a museum in Nevada, and in the possession of a private owner in Maryland.
  • The last of the gold DeLoreans carry an estimated resell price of $250,000

Gold DeLorean Back to the Future-styled informercial

Gold DeLorean installation time lapse.