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Posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 11:19 am | Updated: 9:36 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The DeLorean parked in front of Classic Automotive in Queen Creek can’t really travel through time. But it does turn necks to rubber.

SLIDESHOW: Take a closer look at the iconic movie car

The DeLorean parked in front of Classic Automotive in Queen Creek can’t really travel through time. But it does turn necks to rubber.

SLIDESHOW: Take a closer look at the iconic movie car

The souped-up stainless steel coupe — a replica of the ones used as Doc Brown’s time machine in the “Back to the Future” trilogy — has been parked in front of the shop for two weeks, and should be there through the end of this week, says shop owner Jeff Glover.

Glover, who is waiting for parts to arrive from California so he can fix the car and return it to its owner, says it’s been a huge hit with locals.

“There have been so many pictures taken of it, it’s unreal. Everyone wants one for their MySpace,” he says.

Bill Rainbolt brought his son, Adam, 23, to see the car. They inspected every inch, took pictures of Adam in the driver’s seat, then sat on the shop’s bench to take in the scene. The Rainbolts, who moved to Queen Creek in August, have seen several famous cars at comic conventions, but never in a mechanic’s lot.

“I came in to get my tire replaced and I just freaked out because I recognized it instantly,” Bill Rainbolt says.

Seeing the car in the dirt parking lot of a one-lift garage in Queen Creek seems to catch people off guard, says Joe Glover, who helps his son Jeff run the shop.

“This isn’t the kind of place you’d expect to find it,” he says.

It’s actually the second DeLorean on the lot. The first one also got some attention since the gull-winged sports car — the brainchild of a General Motors executive who started his own short-lived car company in the early 1980s — is very rare. Only about 9,000 of the cars were made, and about 6,500 of them are still on the road, according to the DeLorean Motor Co., a Texas-based parts dealer.

The car’s cult following comes partly from its unusual design and partly due to its association with the Michael J. Fox movie that topped box offices in 1985.

This car’s owner, a Coolidge resident who is a member of the Arizona DeLorean Club, said the replica was built only about five years ago and was used in promotions and parades by Universal Studios and Blockbuster.

The shop is taking full advantage of the attention, too — printing up fliers advertising their services and featuring images of the car.

Whether it increases business remains to be seen, but it did get Cory Nelson of Queen Creek to pull his landscaping truck over.

“I’ve got to take a picture,” he says. “That’s pretty damn cool, man.”

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