Guys attempt to start DeLorean with just 977 miles and has been off the road for 18 years

  • DeLoreans are a pop culture favourite due to their prominence in Back to the Future
  • But this DeLorean was fast becoming a thing of the past – it hadn’t been driven in decades
  • Despite this and having 977 miles left, two guys made it their mission to get it to run again

Published on Jun 28, 2024 at 10:11 PM (UTC+4)
by Ben Thompson

Last updated on Jun 28, 2024 at 10:11 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Kate Bain

When you think of a throwback car, a DeLorean will often spring to mind.

That’s fitting given that the car was embedded in pop culture through its appearances in the Back to the Future films.

But one YouTuber had quite the challenge on his hands when it came to a DeLorean found in a barn.

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Not only did it only have 977 miles left on it, it also hadn’t been out on the roads in eighteen years.

Can the DeLorean still work after eighteen years?

YouTube channel DeLorean Nation decided to head down to the Wisconsin barn to see if they could get the car to start.

Host Kevin Thomas gave his viewers an up-close and personal look at the car, and it was evident that time hadn’t been kind to it.

A spiders nest was embedded in the side and the windows were covered in cat claws.

But that’s just the interior – how is the engine looking?

It needed a lot of work, let’s just say. With or without the mouse droppings that had been left in there.

But after a day of toiling on the car, it was time for the moment of truth.

Would this DeLorean run again?

Indeed it would – albeit sounding like it had indeed come from 1955 with Marty McFly.

The backstory to the DeLorean

The car was first launched in 1981, but only 9,000 were made before the factory closed for bankruptcy.

This particular car was found back in October 2023 by Thomas and his co-host Michael McElhattan.

Speaking to CNN at the time, McElhattan said: “It’s always cool to see another one come out of the woodwork that’s been lost to the community.

“It’s literally like a time machine in that way, traveling back to 1981 when it was manufactured.”

McElhattan is the owner of DeLorean Midwest and dedicates his time to restoring the cars to their former glory.

You can check out more DeLorean videos on DeLorean Nation’s YouTube channel.

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Ben Thompson

Ben got his start in journalism at Kennedy News and Media, writing stories for national newspapers, websites and magazines. Now working as a freelancer, he divides his time between teaching at News Associates and writing for news sites on all subjects.