^ The only reason the DeLorean was chosen was because Zemeckis and Gale had that neat single-scene gag about old man Peabody in 1955 mistaking it for a flying saucer and chasing after it with his shotgun. Any other benefit of having it in the movie was simple serendipity. Truth is that Back to the Future saved the DeLorean's reputation. The car had pretty much already tanked by 1985, and it would be remembered solely as being a high cost failure if not for the movie turning it into such a pop culture icon. Even Marty feels the need to kick the shit out of it in the first scene it appears in, by declaring incredulously: "Let me get this straight... you made a time machine... out of a DELOREAN?!?"