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Grand Delusions: The Cosmic Career of John De Lorean Hardcover – October 11, 1983
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It reveals both the positive and negative about Delorean. He apparently was a decent engineer and a renaissance man in many ways, but often stole or took credit for the ideas of others such as the "wide track look" and exaggerated claims about the number of patents he held, etc. It describes how he would partner with others and then use his influence at GM to make money on the side with things like the coolant recovery system and a film projector used by dealers to promote cars. It describes in detail how he took advantage of others and screwed everything up for them.
It reveals that Delorean was forced to resign from his job at GM. Delorean didn't fire GM as he claimed. It describes his life-long partnership with another smooth-talking con-man buddy who he would always manage to bring in to his dealings, and how they would coordinate and work as a team, blaming the other one for problems to investors, or backing each other up on the witness stand. They spent a LOT of time in court as defendants.
As the title suggests, this book covers the career of Delorean, not just the DMC-12 project. The sports car project doesn't get started until about half-way through the book. It describes how he got the project off the ground like no book I've ever read before. It goes into details of how he convinced a colleague to leave GM and engineer and build the DMC-12 prototypes, and then discarded him when he was done using him, how Delorean and Colin Chapman siphoned off investor funds using a Swiss account, and how he completely disrespected the Puerto Rican Government who were ready to back his venture when he got a better deal from Northern Ireland, never even having the common decency to face those he spat on.
It goes on to describe how John squandered investor money on the high life and had several people working on unrelated outside projects at shareholder expense, was not concentrating his efforts on the car project, was still claiming out of the blue that he needed more money after receiving all the money he initially claimed he required from the British government and on and on. It's really no wonder why we wasn't able to raise any money for another sports car project after this book was published.
I give the book 4 stars instead of 5 because it spends a little too much time on some stories which aren't so important, and it's a bit difficult to follow. There are a lot of names and a lot of quotes and it can get pretty confusing trying to figure out who's being quoted. It's often not clear if certain events happened while he was still at GM or not. It could also use a LOT more pictures. This book is highly recommended if you have an interest in the truth about Delorean and his car project.
The man and machine looked great but unfortunately do not live up to those good looks. Worth the read and will make a great movie in the future.