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The Delorean (Paperback)

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This book offers a concise account of the creation of the DeLorean sports car, and a brief history on how, despite its short life, the car has come to be regarded as one of the most iconic vehicles of all time.

Following its vaunted creation, dramatic ending, and starring role in the blockbuster Back to the Future trilogy, the car broke out of the realm of motor enthusiast and into the wider public consciousness, ensuring interest has remained high in the marque for over 30 years.

This book will also explain how its entrepreneurial creator, John Zachary DeLorean, was unique in having the charisma and persuasion to guide this almost impossible project to come to fruition, while at the same time being the root cause of its almost inevitable failure.

Included in this book are recollections from some of the hardworking and dedicated people who engineered and built the car, at both Lotus in Norfolk and in Belfast during the height of the Troubles. It will also showcase rare images taken during the design, development and building of the car.

The project started as a one man's idea for a dream car; it ended up a nightmare for over two thousand highly dedicated workers. Many of those former employees still regard their time at DeLorean as the best days of their working life, and their efforts to bring the car to life belie the popular narrative of it being an under-engineered, badly-planned failure.

TransportRoad & motor vehicles: general interestMotor cars: general interest Publisher: Amberley Publishing Publication Date: 15/07/2021 ISBN-13: 9781445697703  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Chris Parnham is the Historian and former secretary of the DeLorean Owners Club, and a prolific owner having dug out and restored several of the rare European prototype cars. In 2014 he joint authored 'DeLorean: Celebrating The Impossible', a visual history of the company's formation and dissolution. Matthew Clark is a designer for film and television and became an enthusiast for the Delorean marque at an early age, having seen a glimpse of the car in a school textbook. Keenly interested in the history of the company, he has travelled around the country - and the globe - to document the rare and prototype cars, and imported his own restoration project car from the US in 2018.

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