There are few automobiles ahead of their time like the DeLorean. Built on dreams ending in a nightmare, the futuristic style of the DeLorean was like nothing ever seen before.
Its stainless-steel body was unpainted; its doors opened up, not out; it had a 130-hp Renault engine and could go from zero to 60 mph in eight seconds.
In 1973, John Z. DeLorean unexpectedly resigned his position as General Motor's Vice President of car and truck production. What a shocker! After all, he was positioned to rise to the top of the company. John Z. was a renegade at heart and having risen to prominence within the company according to the corporate 'rules' of the game, it was time for a change. His visions did not fit any pattern for GM. Thus, the change, the start his own company, and the hiring of GM engineering guru Bill Collins to make it happen.
It needed to be be very European in feel and impress aspirational buyers. Throwing a curved ball into the mix, the pair concluded that their car would have stainless steel bodywork and gullwing doors to give it requisite wow factor, and tempt buyers away from their Euro cars.The dream gained momentum through the years as financial backers came on board, such as Bank of America, strategic partnerships and dealers who had been offered shares in the company. However, on October 19, 1982, the FBI pounced on John Z in a Los Angeles hotel room for ‘narcotics violations.’ The dream became a nightmare the moment the briefcase full of cocaine was captured on camera.
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