According to wikipedia, the movie makers decided

The specific choice of vehicle was a DeLorean DMC-12 for the purposes of it looking like an alien spaceship due to its characteristic gullwing doors.

Is there a reason from within the storyline (comic books, cartoons, video games, deleted scenes) that explains why Emmett Brown choose that particular make and model?

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    He went to 2015, saw a rerun of Back to the Future, and realized he had to make it a Delorean to avoid time paradoxes. Dec 27, 2012 at 11:36
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    What's a rerun? Dec 27, 2012 at 20:40
  • @user1129682 when a show is on TV again, after being aired at lease once. Nov 13, 2014 at 19:47
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    @TankorSmash whoosh Jul 16, 2015 at 8:06
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    @DrRDizzle The more appropriate response is "You'll find out..."
    – Matt
    May 30, 2016 at 18:55

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I believe the storyline reason is that Doc thought that DeLoreans were stylish:

Marty McFly: Wait a minute, Doc. Ah... Are you telling me that you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?

Dr. Emmett Brown: The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?

Besides, the stainless steel construction made the flux disperal... Watch out!

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    Don't forget the line just after than. It was for more than just looks: Besides, the stainless, steel construction made the flux dispersal-
    – Xantec
    Dec 27, 2012 at 12:39
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    This was of course a joke, the DeLorean failed miserably at market because people though the design was silly. This was supposed to show Docs eccentric nature.
    – Ashterothi
    Dec 27, 2012 at 17:46
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    @Pyrodante - I don't know about popular taste but I'm with Doc on this one, that is one helluva stylish car. Dec 27, 2012 at 20:42
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    I wish I could remember where I read it, but supposedly the movie was going to use something like a time-traveling fridge or something, but that idea was ditched because of safety concerns (encouraging kids to play in fridges...) Maybe that was a joke? Jan 1, 2013 at 22:28
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    @Pyrodante - the company was in trouble already when the owner got busted for being involved in a fairly large scale cocaine-selling operation, if I'm not mistaken. The car was meh. Everyone thought it looked cool, but apparently it wasn't much fun to drive.
    – Wad Cheber
    Jun 15, 2015 at 4:32

According to this article at backtothefuture.com:

Thanks to the stainless steel construction of the DeLorean, flux dispersal is generated at an optimum level from the Flux Capacitor, providing the entire vehicle and its passengers a smooth passage through the space-time continuum during temporal displacement.

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    and then they bounced the graviton particle beam off the main deflector dish
    – Petersaber
    Jul 16, 2015 at 9:11

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