John Z. DeLorean went to Pontiac in 1957, at age 31. He was born in Detroit and grew up in Michigan and Southern California. He graduated from the Lawrence Institute of Technology in 1948.
His first job in the automotive industry was at Chrysler. He attended the Chrysler Institute, the Detroit College of Law, and eventually earned a master's degree in business administration from University of Michigan.
In 1959 Pete Estes named him assistant chief engineer, and he succeeded Estes as chief engineer in 1961. He later became general manager of both Pontiac and Chevrolet before leaving GM to first run a dealership, and then start his own auto company. He was considered a passionate, brilliant engineer with a keen sense of buyer desires, a good general manager and a bold and charismatic leader who was willing to take risks.
The De Lorean Motor Company was a manufacturer of passenger cars formed by John De Lorean in 1975. The company is most well known for producing the De Lorean DMC-12 (more commonly known simply as "De Lorean"), a stainless steel sports car with gull-wing doors. Approximately 9,200 cars were made between 1981 and 1982.
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