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They say one man's trash is another man's treasure. Well one man is taking that phrase to the next level.

In 1999, Chicago car enthusiast Rich Weissensel met with DeLorean Motor Company owner John DeLorean. Weissensel brought with him a sketchbook filled with all sorts of re-designs for the DeLorean DMC-12 (made famous from the classic Back to the Future franchise). After Weissensel showed off his sketches, DeLorean encouraged him to build them if he could. This inspired him to craft his dream vehicles. As if the Delorean wasn't already awesome enough, his results are astounding.

For 15 years, Weissensel has been building all sorts of awesomely surreal DeLoreans. In a recent interview with Barcroft Cars (seen above), Weissensel showed off his insane vehicles.

Among his creations include a monster truck:

Monster truck!
Monster truck!

a limousine:


and even a hovercraft:


Believe it or not, according to Weissensel, the monster truck did not take that long to finish.

Even though it's pretty big, it only took me a month to build it. I built it back in 2002 using a wrecked DeLorean and a wrecked K5 Blazer.

Weissensel also added that the six gull wing doors on the limousine are fully operational. He claims that the idea of six gull wing doors has never been attempted before, and that it was very difficult to line them up well. Imagine going to the prom in one of those limos!

Of course, he is not one to ruin a perfectly good car, so he chooses to only use parts from wrecked ones. He says:

"I use [parts from damaged cars] primarily because there are so few DeLoreans actually built that I do not want to remove the good ones from the population. So I wait 'till I get damaged cars, and I use them for the projects as I come up with them.

Weissensel concludes that overall, he is extremely proud of all his projects equally and will keep building them:

My DeLorean projects are kind of like kids so it's difficult to pick a favorite. I have so many different ideas for custom DeLoreans that I'm not sure if time, money or my eventual age will stop me from building them, but as long as I'm able, I will continue to build them.

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If you had to choose, which re-design is your favorite?


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