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Delorean Hovercraft on Ebay

◍ Copyright: All pictures and text from ebay in this post are from and belong to Matt Riese aka David Lorean. Visit David Lorean on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or the Website of Delorean Hovercraft.

Extraordinary gadgets for ... I'd say outstanding and a bit crazy people? Incidentally, I stumbled across this very bizarre vehicle on Ebay a couple of weeks a go and I just felt incredible amused when I've read the story about the Hovercraft and David Lorean.

If you like that Delorean Hovercraft the way as I do, you should visit the website of Matt Riese aka David Lorean to know the story behind this kinda funky project!

Anyway, someone obviously afforded this vehicle for the set price of USD 45'000 on Ebay, had a pre-Christmas blast and could maybe fulfil a boy's dream. Or even better, someone else was surprised with this extravagant air cushion vehicle. A very special, quite big and not very cheap Christmas gift. However. Have a lot of fun with it, dear buyer!

Even though there may not be such great gifts for you under the Christmas tree this year, or perhaps the gifts might be completely banned from Christmas. Either way: ❅❆ I wish you a Merry Christmas ❆❅


“This is a hand-made hovercraft that was built between 2008 and 2012 and continuously improved upon since then. I have recently remodelled and upgraded much of it and it is now in the best shape of its life. The thrust engine is about 5 years old and has about 40 hours on it. The lift engine is new and has about 10 hours on it. I spent the last 4 months working full-time to get it in great condition for you! New paint job, new rudders, new wiring, new switches, new led lights, etc. See technical video on YouTube for more technical information.”

10% of the sale of this item will benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research. The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today. We believe without fail that our goal is within reach - but we can't get there without your support. Please join the fight today.

Following content is from the post on Ebay © 2018 David Lorean.

What you get:

Hand-built Hovercraft sculpted to look exactly like a Delorean. This is a functional work of art, it is not a Delorean bolted onto a hovercraft. There's only one in the world!

Custom flatbed tilting trailer built specifically for this hovercraft

Miscellaneous spare parts and supplies including spare engine parts, fans and propellers, nuts and bolts.

Free phone consultations with me for any technical questions you might have.

The Hovercraft is based on the blueprints for the Universal Hovercraft UH-13PT. The basic shape of the hull, skirt, and fan ducts come from those blueprints, but pretty much everything else is customized. The Delorean body is made out of Styrofoam wrapped in fibreglass and painted with metallic paint. The 36” thrust fan is powered by a 23hp Briggs & Stratton Vanguard riding lawnmower-style engine. The 24” lift fan is powered by a B&S 875 Professional series push mower engine. The hull of the craft hovers about 6-8 inches over the surface, and can hover over anything relatively flat: land, water, ice, snow, sand, asphalt, etc. The top speed with the current thrust configuration is 31 mph on the water in good conditions.

I have spent the last few months remodelling and upgrading many of the systems on the craft, including:

  • New stronger skirt (is translucent, not totally transparent like the last version)

  • Replaced thrust engine components (potted new alternator in epoxy resin for corrosion protection, new magnetos, voltage regulator, head gasket, wiring, pull starter, carburetor)

  • New fuel line, fuel pump, water separator fuel filter

  • Patched and strengthened deck where water was leaking into hull

  • New LED lights in the tires, under the hull, and in cockpit

  • All new wiring with waterproof switches and connectors

  • Repaired thrust engine cover

  • New more convenient lift engine cover

  • New lift engine

  • New lift engine air intake system

  • New stainless steel lift supports for doors

  • Patched fibreglass delaminations in bodywork

  • Fresh coat of metallic paint

  • New stronger rudders

The point is, the hovercraft is in the best shape of its life! I've taken all the lessons I've learned from 6 years of hovering this thing and made it into something I can confidently pass on to another adventurer.

I think the video footage speaks for itself, but I really think this is the most fun water craft you could possible own. It’s ridiculously fun just to drive and to play with, and it’s fun to see the joy in all the people around you when their minds are blown and they beg you for rides! This craft has given me the time of my life, so many amazing memories, new friendships, and opportunities, and I’m excited to see what it can do for you!


Source: YouTube


The performance of a hovercraft is influenced by weight, wind, surface conditions, and water currents. The more weight in the craft, the slower it will accelerate. Going up wind will slow you down, doing downwind can speed you up if the water surface is still calm. Big chops or wakes will slow the craft down, it will just hover over smaller ones, but calm water is obviously best. I've driven it with about 325 lbs between the two passengers and 10 knot winds and was still really fun. I don’t know what the hard limits would be, but generally if the water is white capping it’s better to wait for calmer winds or find a more protected spot. It can drive on land but you would need a huge flat area free from obstacles or other vehicles, so it’s pretty much always driven on the water.

Hovercraft's are not allowed in National Parks. Bummer. It’s pretty loud, roughly as loud as 2 lawnmowers. Passengers never have minded the noise as long as they have earplugs. You will get wet in the cockpit when hovering on water. If you install the optional wind shield (and keep the doors closed while hovering) you will stay mostly dry, but water still drips through around the edges of the doors. The wind shield limits visibility, so extra caution is required. Rain-x helps with this, but wears off the polycarbonate much faster than regular glass windows. There are no thrust reverses, which I thought would make things difficult but has actually been a non-issue, as long as one is aware of the craft’s style of manoeuvring. If I get into a tight spot (this is rare), I just shut off the engines and use the oars to get free.

If you will be hovering on salt water, it’s important to wash the craft down with fresh water as soon as possible after hovering. Lawnmower engines are not designed to withstand salt spray. I have protected them as much as I think is possible, but some corrosion is inevitable. When I have left the craft in direct sunlight on hot days for more than a day at a time, this caused some small areas of delamination of the fibreglass, and the thin plastic of the dashboard can warp if it gets too hot.

Located in San Francisco, CA 94116. Buyer arranges pick-up. I can take you out hovering when you pick it up and teach you how to drive it!

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Thanks mate for that lovely story and i hope you won't miss your Hovercraft and with that vehicle disappeared David Lorean too much... All good sessions come to an end but at the same time there is space for new things in life... Cheers mate. 🞺