I can't remember seeing a spare wheel for the DeLorean in Back to the Future (any of them).

Doc pulls his suitcase out of the front trunk but there isn't much room in the trunk space. Bearing in mind the change of wheels/tyres in 1955, would you take the risk of not having at least one spare?

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    Spares? Where we're going, we don't need spares.
    – Jenayah
    Aug 24, 2018 at 12:00
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    Both trips to 1955 weren't planned ahead of time. All that was planned was a trip a minute into the future where spare wheels still exist and into a future where cars fly. While there still might be a spare, your argumentation makes little sense
    – Raditz_35
    Aug 24, 2018 at 12:02
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    The classic gull-wing delorean had a thin "space-saver" tyre under the bootspace (along with a small toolkit) delorean.co.nz/1564/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/31.jpg. There's no indication of whether the doc left it there or removed it to save weight. I see no reason why he'd have taken it out, tbh
    – Valorum
    Aug 24, 2018 at 12:22
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    “a trip a minute into the future where spare wheels still exist” — as far as we know!! Aug 24, 2018 at 14:38
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    As it was an American company, it could only have a spare tire. ;)
    – jpmc26
    Aug 24, 2018 at 23:04

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Having a spare didn't really matter because it seems that it has a common enough tire/wheel size that they were able to buy 4 new ones in 1955 for the trip back to 1885.

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You are correct that the cargo space in the vehicle is small (14 cubic feet/ 0.4 cubic meters) according the vehicle specs. This is likely because the standard DeLorean spare tire was located under this.

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There is no direct evidence that the spare was removed to accommodate parts/equipment for the time machine and considering that cargo space is still intact it is likely that the spare tire is as well.


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