There's a Working "Back to the Future" DeLorean Hovercraft For Sale on eBay

This might be the greatest DeLorean ever created.

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Of all the enduring images that the Back to the Future trilogy gave us, Doc's hovering DeLorean might be our favorite. The futuristic brushed-stainless-steel DeLorean just looked so natural hovering weightlessly, its wheels folded down as the onboard Mr Fusion powered its flight.

Sadly, none of that is real. But this thing will get you closer than we ever thought was possible: .

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Okay, so it's not an actual DeLorean. The body is made of insulation foam capped with fiberglass and hand-painted to match the real DeLorean's stainless steel finish. It all rides on a homebuilt hovercraft chassis based on the Universal Hovercraft UH-13PT, with a 23-hp Briggs and Stratton thrust engine and a separate Briggs and Stratton engine powering the hover fan.

Builder Matt Riese started the project in 2008, completing it in 2012, and he's been refining it ever since. He documented the full, Kickstarter-funded build on , as well as on .

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Now, after some extensive maintenance and upgrading, Riese is offering the DeLorean hovercraft , with 10 percent of the sale price being donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research.

What can you do with a hovercraft DeLorean? Riese enjoyed taking it to festivals, surprising unsuspecting fishers and boaters, and cruising around "McCovey Cove," the marina abutting AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. Riese and his hover-Lorean were immortalized on the stadium's jumbo-tron, as you'll see in this extensive video demonstrating the craft and what it's capable of:

Is $45,000 too pricey for a home-built hovercraft, even if it's a charming one? That's up to you to decide. The way we see it—to paraphrase Doc Brown—if you're going to build a hovercraft, why not do it with some style?

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