He was a maverick back then and, let’s be honest, there aren’t that many of those people today.”. Mr. Espey said Mr. DeLorean was concerned about the increasing financial troubles of his former employer, General Motors. He joined the small Packard Motor Car Company as an engineer in 1952. "This one was a special passion project I’ve been working on for 15 years," the veteran producer says. He also comments in what Ardon calls “meta-scenes” on what motivated him for the DeLorean character. sting, overheard declaring "it's better than gold" when presented with a case of cocaine by people he thought were investors but who turned out to be law officers. Accompanied by Christina Ferrare, the model who was his third wife, Mr. DeLorean, his hair by then snow white, professed to have found religion in jail. He was acquitted in that trial as well. Although the car remains a collector's item, the life of Mr. DeLorean's company was brief, with about 9,000 cars produced at a factory in Northern Ireland before the company went bankrupt in 1982. The first ln arrive in Central New York was delivered today to the Dave Ball Center at 1288 West Genesee Street, Syracuse. "It’s a hard story to tell.". He was an anomaly in an industry then dominated by buttoned-down executives. A jury in Los Angeles acquitted him in August 1984. "You can't discount the value of the Back to the Future movies," James Espey, the vice president of DeLorean Motor, said yesterday. 's Pontiac division, and four years later the youngest manager of Chevrolet. Though Mr. DeLorean's company long ago went bankrupt and stopped producing cars, it lives on today, operated by a company in Texas that bought all of the remaining DeLorean parts and repairs and refurbishes cars for collectors. At the film’s premiere in Birmingham last month, Ardon reflected on his 15-year journey to make the docudrama, the remarkable coincidence that attracted superstar Baldwin to the project, and how the film resonates four decades after DeLorean dominated magazine covers as America’s most famous auto executive. Then there is DeLorean’s son, who steals the show with his candid assessment of his father. The inquiry found no evidence of criminal conduct, but on Oct. 19, 1982, the British government announced the factory would be closed. In the early 1980's, with increasingly dull cars coming from Detroit, the unpainted, stainless steel-bodied sports car had doors that opened upward like a gull's wings and was featured in the "Back to the Future" movies starring Michael J. In addition to his wife, Mr. DeLorean is survived by two duaghters Kathryn Ann DeLorean, Sheila Baldwin DeLorean; a son, Zachary Tavio DeLorean; three brothers: Charles (Chuck) Delorean, Jack DeLorean and George DeLorean; and two grandchildren. John DeLorean, Innovative Automaker, Dies at 80. In his trial, Mr. DeLorean contended that he had been lured into a setup. At 40, he became the youngest general manager of G.M. They covered DeLorean and recount how a stainless-steel car originally targeted at the masses became an exotic affordable to only a few. Persistent legal troubles drained Mr. DeLorean's resources over the years. John Z. DeLorean, the flamboyant automobile industrialist whose dream of running his own car company dissolved into bankruptcy, died Saturday evening at Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J. In addition to his wife, Mr. DeLorean is survived by two daughters, Kathryn Ann DeLorean and Sheila Baldwin DeLorean; a son, Zachary Tavio DeLorean; three brothers: Charles (Chuck) DeLorean…