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When movie vehicles aren't needed anymore, many end up rotting in desolate junk yards, only to be discovered decades later in terrible condition. Depending on the film it starred in and its popularity, a movie car can fetch reasonably good money from collectors. That was the case with this DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future Part III, which sold for a cool $541,000. Owner Bill Shea paid that amount when the DeLorean from Back to the Future III was auctioned off for charity back in 2011. According to Shea, this is the only screen-used Back to the Future DeLorean time machine in the hands of a private owner. This isn't just any DeLorean time machine, thoughit's a DeLorean dune buggy. If you have seen the film you may remember the DeLorean jumping through the desert like a Baja race truck. This particular DeLorean has been highly modified for the movie with a full roll bar, Volkswagen suspension, steering, and an old Beetle engine and manual transmission. It may have worked great on camera in 1991, but 26 years later the stunt car isn't quite as easy to drive, as the presenter shows in the video. Even the owner admits Back to the Future Part III isn't as iconic a film as the first movie. So why did he pay $541,000 for this DeLorean/VW hybrid? Check out the video below and find out! Source: Aficonauto via YouTube The post Video Tells the Story of the Most Expensive DeLorean Ever Sold appeared first on Motor Trend.
A total of 37,461 people were killed on U.S. roads last year, according to new data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That number is the highest since 2007, when 41,259 fatalities were reported. Traffic deaths last year increased 5.6 percent compared to 2015. More pedestrians were killed than in any year since 1990, with the death toll reaching 5,987. Drunk driving fatalities rose 1.7 percent to 10,497, while speed-related deaths jumped 4 percent to 10,111. Last year also saw an increase in deaths among motorcyclists and bicyclists. Deaths related to distracted driving actually fell last year. NHTSA recorded 3,450 fatalities in this category, a decrease of 2.2 percent compared to 2015. Drowsy driving fatalities also decreased by 3.5 percent to 803 fatalities. Coinciding with the overall increase in traffic deaths last year is an increase in the number of vehicle miles driven. Drivers logged 2.2 percent more miles than in 2015, and there are now 1.18 fatalities for every 100 million vehicle miles traveled, says NHTSA. The data follows a large increase in traffic fatalities from 2014 to 2015. In 2015, deaths jumped 8.4 percent from the previous year, the largest increase in traffic fatalities since the 1960s. With the advent of autonomous cars and new safety technologies, the U.S. governmenthas said it'spossible toend traffic fatalities by the year 2046. Source: NHTSAThe post Traffic Deaths Increased 5.6 Percent in 2016 appeared first on Motor Trend.