As one of the more colorful characters in recent automotive history, when John Z. DeLorean passed away in 2005, he left behind quite a legacy and quite a pile of paperwork. Among the many lingering items related to his business and personal life are some of his weekly planners. Two of them, from 1981 and 1982, are now up for bid at eBay. EBay seller 'dmctrustee1' had received all of the company's records after its bankruptcy filing, and now offers these two diaries that will give the winning bidder of this online auction a peak inside what it might have been like to be a jet-setting millionaire playboy with his own car company at that time.

The early '80s were the heyday of the Back to the Future-starring De Lorean DMC-12 stainless steel gullwing wondercar. The car was more show than go, but it had its fans, as did DeLorean, the man. He was credited with being the father of the muscle car for getting the original Pontiac GTO past the beancounters back in 1964.

De Lorean was also well known for his high profile 1982 arrest on charges of drug trafficking, which greatly impacted the demise of his DMC car company. Although he successfully defended himself against these charges by proving entrapment, the stigma stuck and the company never recovered. So whoever ends up with this pair of planners will get to see such entries as varied as the Friar's Club roast for Burt Reynolds at the Waldorf and his frequent Harrod's shopping trips. Should be fascinating, and a bargain too. Bidding is set to close on September 30 and so far the high bid is only $103.51.

[Source: Winding Road]


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