DeLorean Timeline

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DeLorean Timeline

1925
January 6

John DeLorean’s birthday

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1972
October 1

John DeLorean named Group Executive at GM

John DeLorean named group executive at GM - 1972

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1973
April 2

JZD leaves General Motors

John DeLorean leaves GM.

Source: General Motors Heritage Center
1975
October 24

DMC founded

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DeLorean Motor Company was founded.

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1978
September 26

Proto-2 built by Kar Kraft

Proto-2 built by Kar Kraft in Detroit, MI, and first tested in Nevada.

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October 2

DMCL Factory Ground Breaking Ceremony

DeLorean Motor Cars Limited (DMCL) factory ground breaking ceremony takes place in Dunmurry, West Belfast.

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1979
December 12

Zoe Davies starts working on technical illustrations

Zoe Davies starts working on detailed technical illustrations.

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1980
July 4

DeLorean Phase II Build begins

Phase II Pilot Build commenced in Dunmurry

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August 1

Legend Industries Twin Turbo contract

Legend Industries awarded the contract to engineer, develop, and manufacture 5,000 DeLorean Twin Turbo systems.

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October 5

US Emissions Testing commences

US Emissions testing commences.

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1981
January 21

First DeLorean rolls off the production line

The first production line DeLorean is VIN #500.

Source: "Celebrating the Impossible", page 148
February 4

Torsion bar patent filed

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February 20

First DeLoreans readied for shipment

The first DeLoreans are moved to the dockside at Belfast Harbor, preparing for shipping to the USA.

Source: "Celebrating the Impossible", page 302
March 10

1,000th DeLorean employee

Patrick Fitzpatrick became the 1,000th DeLorean employee.

Source: "Celebrating the Impossible", page 335
April 12

DMC Road Tests completed

DMC12 durability and road tests are completed.

Source: "Celebrating the Impossible", page 125
April 19

First shipment of DeLoreans leave Belfast

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June 12

DeLorean patent filed

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June 19

1,000th DeLorean rolls off the production line

1000th DeLorean rolled off the production line

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June 19

Third DeLorean shipment from Ireland

Third shipment of DeLoreans loaded at Belfast Harbour

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November 16

Legend Twin Turbo order increased

Legend Twin Turbo purchase order increased to 7,500.

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1982
January 11

Shipping Strike between Britain & Northern Ireland

Source: "Celebrating the Impossible", page 385
January 28

DeLorean Factory layoffs

1100 DeLorean employees (out of 2600) are declared 'redundant', and layoffs follow.

Source: "Celebrating the Impossible", page 386
February 19

Receivership at DeLorean

Source: NY Times
February 19

Receivership Announcement

8,580 DeLoreans produced as Receivership is announced.

Source: "John Z, the DeLorean, and Me", page 185
February 20

Receivership Terms Announced

The terms of receivership are announced.

Source: "Celebrating the Impossible", page 388
September 14

First DeLorean sold in the UK

First official sale of a DeLorean in the United Kingdom, at the Culloden Hotel, Northern Ireland.

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October 16

First Gold DeLorean completed

The first Gold DeLorean was completed.

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October 19

John DeLorean arrested in Los Angeles

John DeLorean arrested at the Sheraton Plaza La Reina Hotel in Los Angeles.

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December 24

DMC factory closed

DMC factory closed.
1983
May 10

Patent for stainless steel outer body

Colin R. Spooner receives US patent for stainless steel outer body over fiberglass reinforced inner body.

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1984
August 17

John DeLorean acquitted

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1985
July 3

“Back to the Future” opens

"Back to the Future" opened in the USA.

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2005
March 19

John DeLorean dies

John DeLorean died

Source: IMDb
2016
April 20

DeLorean Time Machine goes on display

DeLorean Time Machine goes on display
DeLorean Time Machine 'A car' from Back to the Future goes on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum.
July 19

OUTATIME documentary released


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