A new documentary tells the story of the man behind the iconic sports car, John DeLorean
I suspect most of you will instantly recognise DeLorean and instantly think of the silver gull-winged sports car that was made so iconic by the Back to the Future trilogy.
But who was the man behind such a vehicle? His name was John DeLorean and his story will be told in a new documentary, Framing John DeLorean.
DeLorean originally started at the Packard Motor Company before moving over to the General Motors Company. He rose through the ranks delivering some of their iconic vehicles before leaving in the late 1970s to form the DeLorean Motor Company.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t all plane sailing. His idea for the DeLorean sports car took around a decade from conception to arriving on dealers forecourts. The car was met with lukewarm reviews and couldn’t compete with other sports coupés of the time.
By February of 1982, half the produced cars, around 7000, remained unsold and the company was $170 million in debt.
Famously in October of 1982, DeLorean was caught in an FBI sting as part of a cocaine deal. He was going to use the money to help save his company. He was found not guilty two years later but by then it was too late, the company had folded.
Framing John DeLorean will contain interviews with colleagues, employees, lawyers, friends and family and features dramatised reenactments of John’s life where he will be portrayed by Alec Baldwin.
Framing John DeLorean will open in the US and be available on demand from June 6th.