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Bern
03-20-2005, 07:07 PM
From Autonews:<p>DeLorean dies at 80 after suffering stroke<br>John DeLorean, the flashy automotive executive whose equally flashy car of the same name proved a financial folly but burned its way into pop culture with the "Back to the Future" films, has died at the age of 80. He died on Saturday at Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey.

Naga Royal Guard
03-20-2005, 07:13 PM
what has he been doing since the collapse of Delorean ?

Nick
03-20-2005, 09:37 PM
cocaine <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">

Naga Royal Guard
03-20-2005, 11:06 PM
ah, figured that much lol

Nick
03-20-2005, 11:42 PM
here's an article...<p> Associated Press<br>Car Developer John DeLorean Dies at 80<br>Sunday March 20, 1:15 pm ET<br>By Jeffrey Gold, Associated Press Writer<br>Former General Motors Executive and Developer of Futuristic Sports Car John DeLorean Dies at 80<p>NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- John Z. DeLorean, the innovative automaker who left a promising career in Detroit to develop the stainless steel-skinned, gull-winged sports car bearing his name and was acquitted of charges he planned to sell $24 million worth of cocaine to support the venture, has died at the age of 80.<p>DeLorean died Saturday at Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J., of complications from a recent stroke, said Paul Connell, an owner of A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors in Royal Oak, Mich., which was handling arrangements.<p>DeLorean, whose namesake car was turned into a time machine in the "Back to the Future" movies, was among just a handful of U.S. entrepreneurs who dared start a car company in the last 75 years.<p>DeLorean "broke the mold" of staid Midwestern auto executives by pushing General Motors Corp. to offer smaller models, auto historians said.<p>While at GM, he created what some consider the first "muscle car" in 1964 by cramming a V-8 engine into a Pontiac Tempest and calling it the GTO.<p>Although he was a rising if unconventional executive at GM, and was believed by many to be destined for its presidency, he quit in 1973 to launch the DeLorean Motor Car Co. in Northern Ireland.<p>Eight years later, the DeLorean DMC-12 hit the streets with its unpainted stainless steel skin and gull-wing doors.<p>Its angular design earned it a cult following, and the car was a time-traveling vehicle for Michael J. Fox in the "Back to the Future" films of the late 1980s.<p>However, the factory produced only about 8,900 cars in three years, estimated John Truscott, membership director of the DeLorean Owners Association.<p>DeLorean's company collapsed in 1983, a year after he was arrested in Los Angeles, accused in a sting of conspiring to sell $24 million of cocaine to salvage the company.<p>DeLorean used an entrapment defense to win acquittal on the drug charges in 1984, despite a surveillance videotape in which he was shown calling a suitcase full of cocaine "good as gold."<p>He was later cleared of defrauding his investors, but continuing legal entanglements kept him on the sidelines of the automotive world. He declared bankruptcy in 1999.

KebabGud
03-21-2005, 05:09 AM
i did not know that he was the man behind the GTO ...<br>

bolita
03-21-2005, 07:53 AM
Despite his very dark side, DeLorean was a visionary who at least was able to pull off his dream of building his own car (obviously at the expense of many investors...)<p>However, every once in a while it is refreshing to see somebody like him in the auto world...

Aidan
03-22-2005, 10:10 AM
he also did the huge favour of giving 100s of jobs to pepole in the north of ireland..<p>RIP

Nick
03-22-2005, 12:14 PM
I just find it kinda of funny he was married to Christina Ferrare...but anyways...it's too bad he made the stupid move with the drugs...if that never happened we would probably see DMC's all over the place...