John Z. DeLorean, a General Motors division manager and executive vice president, is credited with developing the first “muscle car,” the Pontiac GTO, along with many other innovations. After leaving GM, he launched the stainless steel-bodied DeLorean automobile, made even more famous as the time machine in the “Back to the Future” movies.
- Born: January 6, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan
- College: Lawrence Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science
degree in 1948; Detroit College of Law Ross School of Business, MBA 1957
- Experience: Automobile engineer and executive
- Died: March 19, 2005 at Overlook Medical Center, Summit, New Jersey
- Spouse: Cristina Ferrare, 1973-1985
- Children: Zachary DeLorean, Kathryn DeLorean
- Parents: Kathryn Pribak DeLorean; Zachary DeLorean
John Zachary DeLorean was born January 6, 1925 in Detroit, MI. He died on March 19, 2005 in Summit, NJ.
DeLorean was a genius automotive engineer who worked his way up the ladder at General Motors. He became an executive at GM, but left when it was clear he was going to be a small fish in a big pond. He had strong and successful ideas, and wanted to progress, but as he said, being one in a committee of seven or 10 didn’t interest him. And so, he started his own company – the DeLorean Motor Company, which created not just the DMC DeLorean, but they designed generators, an aircraft tug, and a bus.
Here are some of the places that JZD called home…
17199 Marx St., Highland Park, MI 48203
640 Lone Pine Hill, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
900 Lamington Rd., Bedminster, NJ 07921
726 ??, Bloomfield Hills, MI
32220 Cuesta De Camellia, Pauma Valley, CA 92061
White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery – 621 W. Long Lake Rd., Troy, MI 48098 – Section 4775, Block G-2