October 21st, 2015.
A date that will live in pop culture infamy. This is, of course, the exact date Marty and Doc travel to the future in Back to the Future II. The entire trilogy is essentially celebrating its 30th birthday this year, and although the films never left our collective cultural consciousness at any point during the last three decades, its still fun to talk about an important aspect of all three movies: the cars themselves.
Any discussion of the vehicles featured in BTTF are impossible without mentioning the DeLorean. After Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor heard Johnny Cash cover his song “hurt” for the first time, he famously remarked that the song did not belong to him anymore. The same can be said for the DMC-12. The car has become an icon, so its acknowledgement as the most visible car in the series, and pop culture history in general, is necessary.
John DeLorean’s boondoggle may have been center stage, but there were plenty of other cars that got their time to shine, like future Biff’s 1976 BMW 6331 CSi convertible. Apparently the filmmakers thought the world would have created flying cars by now, and almost all vehicles would be retrofitted with the technology.
The history of how the car made it to the screen is quite interesting, as is its status in the real 2015. Spoiler alert: it has not enjoyed as glamorous a life as you would think, although from watching the video, that may likely change for the better.
Iconic French vehicles also have a place in the 2015 envisioned by Robert Zemeckis, this time as taxi cabs. I wouldn’t mind taking a ride in one of these on the ground or in the air, and if Uber employs a DS in their fleet circa 2045, I’ll gladly take the ride.
The scenes taking place in 1955 are no doubt a treat for many readers. Young Biff’s 1946 Ford Super De Luxe is featured prominently in both films, and old Biff loves the old car just as much as we do.
Maybe you fancy one of the 80’s cars not explicitly a retrofitted and instead sort of passed off as a future vehicle instead?
Yes, there were not one, but two first generation Ford Probes disguised as future cars that may or may not been flight capable. Of course, we know two things didn’t make it to the real 2015 in this picture: a 21st century front wheel drive Ford coupe and the continued production of the Jaws franchise.
Sadly, we have to take terrorists seriously in 2015, although we aren’t exactly concerned with Libyans selling black market nuclear fuel to mad scientists. While contemporary terrorists prefer trucks like the Toyota Hilux, the Libyans preferred the Type 2 as their vehicle of choice. Not exactly the most inconspicuous choice, but if you’re going to commit major criminal acts, why not do it with some style?
Speaking of Toyota trucks, this 1985 model was the object of Marty’s eye in the first film, which he ended up owning in the altered 1985 he created. Aside from the disturbing implication that he literally would share no memories with the family in the new timeline, things turned out pretty sweet for the protagonist.
Since I could post literally dozens more screenshots of the vehicles featured in all three BTTF films, I’ll just leave you with a shot of my favorite DeLorean variant in the series. Any standouts that I missed? Also, did any of you think the future of the automobile would turn out differently than it did? Let us know in the comments.
All screenshots retrieved from imcdb.com