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Fans of Back to the Future Are Now Able to Rent a DeLorean in Ireland

Car Rental & Rail | Donald Wood | May 01, 2015

Fans of Back to the Future Are Now Able to Rent a DeLorean in Ireland

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For those who remember seeing the movie Back to the Future when it was still new to theaters, the stainless-steel DeLorean automobile made famous by the film has become an iconic piece of the memories from the 1980s.

Now, travelers in Ireland can now rent a similar retro DeLorean car.

According to RetroVentures Ireland, the company will be offering the chance to rent the classic car to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the production of the first DeLorean. Just over 9,000 DeLorean DMC-12 vehicles were originally produced in Belfast, Ireland.

Only an estimated 6,000 DeLorean cars still exist.

The company knows the history of the car and its cult following, and RetroVentures tried to find one in ideal condition in Europe to add to its fleet, but had little luck. Instead, the company looked to the United States and found the perfect vehicle on eBay.

RetroVentures managing director, Chris Davidson, released a statement about the hunt for the car and how the company eventually found the perfect candidate in the United States:

“We started looking for a DeLorean DMC-12 almost two years ago and, while we knew they were rare to come by, we hoped we might have been able to find one in Europe. Having widened the net to include North America, we came across one being sold on eBay by a chap in Michigan. We could not believe our luck as it was a one-owner car with just 11,000 miles on the clock!”

The original bill of sale on the car was from a man named Walt Hickey Ford in Michigan, who purchased the car for $28,761. In today’s market, that would translate to an astounding $78,255 to buy the same car.

As for how much a ride in one of the vintage cars will cost a traveler, the self-drive rental packages start at €375 (around $568) per day. If that is too pricey, RetroVentures offers driving experiences at a more reasonable price of €150 (around $227) for one hour in the driver’s seat.

For more information on the DeLorean and a full list of other cars and motorcycles available for rent, check out RetroVentures Ireland’s official website.

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