According to Hagerty, the register was created back in 2013 in collaboration with the U.S. Department of the Interior, focusing on recognizing and documenting America’s most historically significant cars, bikes, trucks, and even commercial vehicles.
“The DeLorean Time Machine is among the world’s most recognizable and beloved automobiles. It transcends borders and generations, and it appeals to an audience far beyond the car community,” said Hagerty VP of car culture, Jonathan Klinger.
As far as its mythology is concerned, all you had to do to go either forward or backward in time was to activate the so-called “time circuits” and accelerate to 88 mph (142 kph). Interestingly enough, the idea behind the time vehicle in Back to the Future was passed around by Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis a year before the DeLorean was even in production.
Despite a boost in popularity following the release of the first Back to the Future movie in 1985, the carmaker still went bankrupt with just 8,500 DMC-12 models getting built.
The way we see it, Gale and Zemeckis couldn’t have chosen a better car for this movie. There was hardly any other model available that could have pulled off such a futuristic look. Sure, you could argue that the DeLorean was still nowhere near as flashy as a Countach, for example, but then it wouldn’t have made any sense for Doc Brown to drive an Italian exotic, now would it?