March 21, 2005
RIP, John DeLorean

John DeLorean dies at age 80.

John Z. DeLorean, an automotive innovator who left General Motors Corp. to develop a radically futuristic sports car only to see that venture crash spectacularly as he fought federal drug charges, has died of complications from a stroke. He was 80.

While apt to be remembered popularly as the man behind the car modified for time travel in the Back to the Future movies, DeLorean left a powerful imprint in automaking built on unique, souped-up cars.

Say it with me now:

Marty McFly: Wait a minute, Doc. Ah... Are you telling me you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?

Dr. Emmett Brown: The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?

Indeed. Rest in peace, John DeLorean.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on March 21, 2005 to National news | TrackBack

Was he 79 or 80?

Posted by: Laurence Simon on March 21, 2005 9:26 AM

Oops, you're right. I had it wrong. Fixed now. Thanks!

Posted by: Charles Kuffner on March 21, 2005 10:54 AM

Let me know when you reach 88.

Posted by: Laurence Simon on March 21, 2005 1:04 PM

I saw him once when I was a kid with his DeLorean. It was pretty sweet.

Posted by: jesselee on March 21, 2005 5:17 PM

Actually, I'm pretty sure Dr. Brown's line was "The way I see it, if you're going to travel through time, you might as well do it in style. Besides, the stainless-steel finish made the flux dispersal.... Look out!"

Posted by: Mathwiz on March 25, 2005 2:36 PM

If he worked from the start at his own company, you didn't believe what you saw!

gerard Vandenberg

Posted by: gerard Vandenberg on January 9, 2006 1:23 AM