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Why Buy a Boat When You Could Have a DeLorean Hovercraft Instead?

A well-heeled Back to the Future superfan just snatched up a $45,000 hovercraft based on Doc Brown's famous wheels.
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Back to the Future-lover with around 50 thousand dollars burning a whole in their pocket just shelled out some serious bucks for the ultimate piece of fan merch: a working hovercraft replica of Doc Brown’s famous wheels.

It’s not an actual DeLorean—those can be tough to find as they were only made between 1981 and 1983. The hovercraft available for sale was built by Matt Riese, who sculpted it from fiberglassed styrofoam insulation and threw it atop a homemade hovercraft frame. According to the car folks at The Drive, its two 23-horsepower lawnmower engines mean that this hovercraft is only a bit less powerful than a real-deal DeLorean. Its lucky buyer closed the deal Saturday.

While 45K is a lot for most people, the hovercraft was a steal compared to Marty McFly's $92,000 kicks. Riese also promised that 10 percent of the sale will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research. He put together a video showing off what his 'craft can do, and it does look pretty neat.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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