John Z. DeLorean
John Zachary DeLorean was an American engineer and executive in the U.S. automobile industry, widely known for his work at General Motors and as founder of the DeLorean Motor Company.
DeLorean designed a number of vehicles throughout his career, including the Pontiac GTO muscle car,
the Pontiac Firebird, Pontiac Grand Prix, Chevrolet Vega, and the DeLorean DMC-12 sports car, which was later featured in the 1985 film Back to the Future. While
still the youngest division head in General Motors history, DeLorean broke away to
start his own company, DeLorean Motor Company (DMC), in 1973. However, production delays meant DMC's first car and DeLorean's independent creative opus—the DMC-12—did not reach
the consumer market until 1981 (8 years later), where a depressed buying market was compounded by unexpectedly lukewarm reviews from critics and
the public. After a year, the DMC-12 had failed to recoup its $175 million in investment costs, unsold
cars were accumulating and the company faced dire financial straits.
January 6, 1925 – March 19, 2005
Lawrence Institute of Technology, B.S. 1948
Detroit College of Law:
Ross School of Business, MBA 1957
Occupation U.S. automobile engineer and executive