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John Delorean

 Best known for his own company The Deloaren Motor Company that produced the awe-inspiring futuristic Delorean DMC-12, John Delorean made his way up the ranks as a professional engineer.

Born in 1925 in Detroit, John Delorean attended a technical school during his high school years, in fact, he was enrolled in an honors program where he progressed quite well.

Working for such companies as Packard Motor Company and later GM, the man that brought the car to the big screen -- you know the one -- Marty McFly took it to the future and back in the Back to the Future Trilogy, eventually started his own car company.

John Delorean left General Motors and formed the De Lorean Motor Company.  The company produced the stainless steel, gull-winged door sports car that seated two. Delorean started his company and began designing prototypes in the 1970s. By the 19080s the car known as the Delorean DMC-12 was John Delorean’s reengineering prototype come to life, with some help of course.

With some borrowed money, a factory was set up in Northern Ireland; although, the cars would be manufactured for drivers who sat on the left and drove on the right hand side of the road - predominantly designed for American drivers. The factory churned out about 8000 cars before being shut down. John Delorean’s cars are still on the road, with about 6000 still in existence.

 

John Delorean died at Overlook Hospital at the age of 80 in 2005.  At that time John Delorean was working on new business venture. Known simply as Delorean Time, the business would produce high-end time-piece wristwatches.  Those watches never made it to the consumer due to the companies demise after his death.

An ever-present business man and engineer, John Delorean produced an icon that will live forever in the minds of children and adults - not only car enthusiast; but as the Delorean DMC-12 makes appearances everywhere and anywhere -- from Hollywood to video games -- John Delorean’s legacy lives on.

 

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