- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - DeLoreans aren’t a common sight on Louisiana roads, and one man’s car is even more unusual: It’s a complete replica of the decade-jumping sports car at the center of the “Back to the Future” franchise.

Twenty-seven-year-old Drew Guillory spent five years converting his 1983 DMC-12 into a lookalike of the iconic time machine.

“As a kid, it was the coolest car ever, gull-wing doors and all that,” Guillory said of the vehicle first featured in the 1985 hit.

Produced from 1981 to 1983, the DMC-12 was the only car produced by the DeLorean Motor Company before going bankrupt. The unique vehicle remained popular because of the “Back to the Future” franchise.

Guillory found the DeLorean in Alabama, on eBay, winning with a bid of $13,000.

Guillory said he researched the car by looking at screenshots from the films. The Baton Rouge filmmaker and photographer then bought and made dozens of pieces to recreate the car.

“Not only did I fall in love with the DeLorean, it was the time machine in the movie I fell in love with,” he said, explaining his inspiration.

The Baton Rouge Advocate (https://bit.ly/1cf1aBs) reports the vehicle has large vents mounted over the engine in the rear, and dials and switches inside the cockpit.

From just sitting in a parking lot and even when driving on the road, Guillory’s car stands out and attracts attention from passing motorists.

“If you are trying to get into traffic, they’ll wave you in because they want pictures,” he said. “Everybody becomes your friend.”

While completely street legal, the car still gets Guillory pulled over. Sometimes cops just want a picture, he said.

“There are some days when I don’t even notice it anymore,” Guillory said. “I kind of forget I’m in a DeLorean.”

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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