John Zachary DeLoreanHe was born on January 6, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan, USA, the son of Zachary DeLorean (originally named Delureanu), a Romanian immigrant who worked at Ford Motor, and Kathryn Pribak, a Hungarian immigrant who worked at General Electric. The couple had three other children.
He grew up during the Great Depression, but his parents had jobs, so he had an easier childhood than most children his age in his country. They lived in a working-class neighborhood and managed to survive despite the difficulties. The father ofJohnHe did not speak English well and also had a bad temper. Therefore, it was difficult for him to get a well-paying job. Her mother was always looking for additional things she could do to earn more money while dealing with her husband’s alcohol and violence problems.
Zachary DeLorean’s temper got so bad at some point that his wife took the kids and left him. He went to his sister’s house in Los Angeles. They finally divorced in 1942. After this,JohnHe didn’t see his father much, which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, since his father had become addicted to drugs.
After attending public elementary schools,JohnHe was accepted to Cass Technical High School, where he excelled. Then he managed to get a scholarship to the Lawrence Institute of Technology. That was where many great car designers had studied. His studies were interrupted by World War II, but he returned 3 years later, after receiving an honorable discharge. His family had financial problems, so he accepted a job as a technical draftsman at the Public Lighting Commission. He later finished school and earned his degree in industrial engineering.
While i was in college,JohnHe worked part-time for Chrysler and at a local auto body shop. After graduation, he worked as a life insurance salesman before returning to Chrysler. He later stated that his job selling life insurance had helped him develop his communication skills. He did well on the job, creating an analytical system focused on engineers, and managed to sell policies for $ 850,000 in just 10 months.
However, he did not want to sell insurance forever. So he went to a graduate school, the Chrysler Institute of Engineering, and advanced both in theory and in practice. After earning his master’s degree in automotive engineering, he was hired by Chrysler.
After spending less than a year at Chrysler,John DeLoreangot a high paying job at Packard Motor Company. From the beginning, he became a star in the company, as he improved one of his automatic transmissions. The problem with Packard was that it was an elitist company and the management did not realize that they had to adapt to a postwar society where people needed affordable cars. Therefore, he had financial problems, while other companies changed their vision and continued to develop. Having learned a lot from his famous supervisor Forest McFarland,Johnhe left Packard and joined General Motors.
At General Motors, the career ofJohn DeLoreanreached its peak. He first landed a job in his Pontiac division as assistant to chief engineer Pete Estes and general manager Semon Knudsen. He made a significant contribution to the company and created many innovations until he was promoted to the position of division chief engineer. His greatest achievement at Pontiac was perhaps the Pontiac GTO, the world’s first muscle car. The car was launched in 1964 and became increasingly popular over the years.DeLoreanhe was in charge of the most important aspects related to the GTO: concept, engineering and marketing. He did it so well that in 1965 he became the head of the entire Pontiac division. He was only 40 at the time, so it was a record in itself.
He also developed the famous Pontiac Firebird and the Pontiac Grand Prix. All that professional success brought him great popularity. He traveled a lot, always attended parties, and lived like a rebellious superstar. Then he got his next promotion, to the Chevrolet division.
After leaving General Motors,JohnHe founded his own company, the DeLorean Motor Company, and created a car called the DeLorean. However, the project suffered production delays and high costs. Thus, the car did not reach the public until 10 years later. The company had a huge debt amounting to more than $ 175,000. The debt made DeLorean decide to turn to drug trafficking. This marked the end of his career. In 1982, he was heading straight to an FBI drug control shop at an airport hotel where he tried to sell 50 pounds of cocaine, which he claimed was “as good as gold.” He was arrested immediately. However, the trial took more than 2 years to complete. Although he was not convicted, his career definitely ended.
John DeLoreanmarried four times. His wives were Elizabeth Higgins, Kelly Harmon, Cristina Ferrare, and Sally Baldwin. He had a son named Zachary Tavio, whom he had adopted when Zachary was only 14 months old.
He died after a stroke on March 19, 2005. His headstone has a DeLorean sports car carved on it, as a tribute.