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Haynes Manuals releases owner’s manual for Doc Brown’s DeLorean time machine


Haynes Manuals is known for its detailed vehicle repair manuals, but the publisher also has a sense of humor. It just released an “owner’s manual” for the DeLorean time machine from “Back to the Future.”

First spotted by Motor1, the manual provides more detail than one should probably expect for a fictional vehicle. If you’re unfamiliar, the plot of the three “Back to the Future” movies centered around a DeLorean DMC-12 converted into a time machine by mad scientist Doc Brown. The car could travel through time by reaching 88 mph, with help from something called a flux capacitor.

Released in 1985, the first “Back to the Future” movie arrived too late to save the DeLorean Motor Company from collapse, but it turned the DMC-12 into a pop culture icon. The sports car has ridden a wave of 1980s nostalgia to new heights of popularity, and a company in Texas even plans to build new ones.

The Haynes manual won’t show you how to build your own flux capacitor, but it does include plenty of photos and details of the original movie car, as well as the flying version from “Back to the Future Part II.”

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The “Back to the Future: DeLorean Time Machine: Owner’s Workshop Manual” is available for pre-order on Amazon, priced at $29.99, and will be released on March 30, 2021. 

In addition to its regular repair manuals, Haynes has done plenty of spoof owner’s manuals for fictional vehicles, as well as everything from Formula One cars to steam locomotives. Haynes recently announced that it is ending the publication of newly printed repair manuals, as it shifts focus to digital publishing.

This article was originally published by Motor Authority, an editorial partner of ClassicCars.com.


  1. The instructions for r&r of the flux capacitor are suspiciously simple. As if it were written for high school slackers. Also, this book does not contain the optional Mr. Fusion upgrade (available in 2015) In fact, the capacitors are only rated at 900 megawatts, a far cry from the required 1.21 gigawatts. Honestly, it looks like this manual was written by some crazy-mad wild haired scientist.


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