As an aside, this is the third time I’ve tweaked this art. Not counting my first raster attempt in 2000. Barring the invention of an actual time machine and a trip back to the set in 1989, or the discovery of some long-lost photos, I think this is as close as we’ll get.
USA Today posted this still taken (presumably) just after the hoverboard chase:
Now, I’m no expert, but what is the thing Terry’s holding in his hand? It’s not his “thumb a hundred bucks” thing; this prop looks enormous (relatively), and I have no idea what it is. It doesn’t look like a parking meter. It’s not Griff’s bat, or the little girl’s hoverboard handlebars … Any guesses?
We may bemoan the lack of flying cars, and hoverboards but at least gas isn’t $7.25 a gallon.
Never noticed it today, but the ‘car’ has a 2015 California tag just like the DeLorean.
Texaco car concept art:
Incidentally, there was a not-really-but-suspiciously-similar-to-MicroMachines-scale ‘playset’ of the Texaco station, and a couple sets of different cars put out for BTTF II. DeLoreans, Hill Valley police cars, the Taxi. Don’t recall seeing this car in the sets, though.
But what’s on the first floor, below the Texaco station? A 7-Eleven, of course! Not even joking.
Not easy to see in the film, but it’s there:
Here you can see the futuristic logo:
It appears to be entirely vending machines, selling Slurpees, Big Gulps, beer and Kodak film.
Apparently, this was the result of negotiated product placement, and was even designed and printed by USA Today in-house. Some of their predictions did not come true (Washington Prepares for Queen Diana’s Visit [pretty sure she wasn’t in line for the throne, guys]), some are a bit closer to the mark (President Says She’s Tired).