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Dad Spends £80k Converting Car Into Back To The Future DeLorean

Jess Hardiman

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Dad Spends £80k Converting Car Into Back To The Future DeLorean

A dad has won himself the unofficial title of World's Coolest Parent after converting a DeLorean car into the Back to the Future model, so dedicated to the cause that he splashed out a total £80,000 to achieve his vision.


James Napier, 37, even uses the vehicle for the school run, picking up his three kids - Paige, 16, Devon, 13, and Daisy, 8 - in pure style.

James spent a small fortune transforming the run-down car, renovating it with love so that it would eventually resemble the one from the hit 1985 sci-fi flick in which Marty McFly travelled through time.


Keen to get some good use out of the motor, James uses it even for everyday activities.

He said: "I take it out on weekends and I drop my kids off at school or football sometimes.

"They like it and their friends find it quite amusing!

"You see other people's jaws drop when we drive past.


"The family adore it - although my wife Emma probably doesn't want to know how much it has cost me in total to restore!"

James Napier with his car. Credit: SWNS
James Napier with his car. Credit: SWNS

His daughter, Daisy, added: "It's really cool, dad is probably a bit crazy to build something like that!

"When we go to Florida, there's a DeLorean car there but ours is better than that one because it's just left outside.


"I like it when people beep at us when we drive past!"

Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

James, a website designer from Wickford, Essex, originally bought the car for £55,000 back in June, before spending five months bringing the iconic vehicle to life.

He said the car he bought was in a bit of a bad way, as someone had already tried to do what he planned.


James said: "It was quite run down, it needed a lot of work doing to the car.

"Somebody had tried to make it into a Back to the Future car - but it was really quite bad!

"The car was an absolute mess. I was completely nuts.

"I thought maybe I could salvage some of it but in the end I needed to get rid of everything and start from scratch.


"I probably spent around 1,200 hours working on the car and it was quite expensive to do.

Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

"The car was valuable without any modifications but then I had to try and find parts from 30 to 40 years ago.

"It might have took a while but it's definitely worth it.

"We went to an event yesterday and when we pulled up people swarmed to it - the amount of people was amazing!"

He continued: "I like it because it reminds people of their childhood. I love the film and I'm glad I've brought it to life for people.

"It's a fully functioning car. It's passed its MOT and it runs like a dream.

"There's only one other like it in the UK. It's really rare and one of a kind.

Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

"It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to buy it. It was one of my childhood dreams to have one.

"I wanted to try and get as many things from the films into my car.

"There's a few relays in there that have come from the actual car.

Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

"My wife wanted to get me something from the Back to the Future films for Christmas a few years ago and she bought me these relays which were used in one of the original cars from the film.

"They were in a cabinet just on display but when I started working on the car we put them back in the car where they belong.

"In the film you see white plumes of smoke and that's done by fire extinguishers in the film.

"We've done something similar we've used CO2 fire extinguishers with a remote control.

"We have a smoke machine inside the car too so when you open the doors smoke comes out so it's like you've travelled in time.

"A lot of the props inside makes the exact same noises. We've got the iconic car doors and lights too.

"I reckon I've spent more than 1,200 hours working on it. It was a seven days a week job.

"It usually costs around £30,000 to do up these sort of cars from the bottom up.

"Everything has been re-done on the inside and on the outside."

Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

James said he also goes along to charity events in Essex with the car - which miraculously only cost him an extra £20 to add to his existing insurance.

He said: "We take the car to all sorts of things.

"We've been to charity events in Pitsea, Stock and Wickford. People love to see it and constantly want a picture with it.

"When we posted on Facebook that we had bought it, loads of people messaged me and asked me to take their kids out in it.

"We drive it everywhere we go - you've got to make the most of it.

"The family adore it, although my wife probably doesn't want to know how much it has cost me in total to restore."

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Daily Ladness, UK

Jess Hardiman
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