How many copies of the DeLorean time machine co-existed in the Back to the Future series?

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    Just the one? I'm not sure I understand your question. – GetSet Jun 5 '12 at 20:07
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    @GetSet You're not thinking fourth-dimensionally. – user1027 Jun 5 '12 at 20:15

At some point in 1955, there were 4 of them. I put them in the timeline of the DeLorean.

  1. The one Marty used in the first Back to the Future.
  2. The one the old Biff used to give the young Biff the almanac.
  3. The one Marty used in the Second Back to the Future to fix the alternate timeline.
  4. The one hidden by Doc in 1885 and fixed by them later.

So, the travel is

  • from 1985 Marty goes to 1955 and goes back to 1985
  • from 1985 Marty goes to 2015
  • from 2015 Biff goes to 1955 then back to 2015
  • from 2015 Marty goes to Alternate-1985 then to 1955
  • from 1955 Doc goes to 1885 and leaves it there until it was retrieved by Marty in 1955
  • from 1955 Marty goes to 1885 and finally to 1985

As indicated by NominSim's comment this timeline illustrates where people and the DeLorean are throughout the trilogy:

Back to the Future trilogy timeline

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    But they were all the same DeLorean. – Xantec Jun 5 '12 at 20:13
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    @Jeff: No, Second Marty actually hears Old Biff talking (maybe he even sees him, don't remember that). – bitmask Jun 5 '12 at 20:15
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    @Jeff I haven't watched it in a while either, but I believe that Marty listens to Old Biff giving Young Biff the almanac. (I thought the same as you originally) – NominSim Jun 5 '12 at 20:16
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    This is a really cool timeline of Back to the Future. – NominSim Jun 5 '12 at 20:24
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    I believe there were even more in the video game (which extends the storyline, written by the same writer). – BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Jun 6 '12 at 4:35

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