• Mar 19th 2010 at 3:58PM
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The name John DeLorean is synonymous with the automotive industry. From his days at General Motors, where he turned Pontiac into the automaker's de facto performance division with the creation of the GTO, and, therefore, the muscle car genre in general, to his days running his eponymous car company that gave us the classic stainless steel gullwing wedge that became an iconic time machine through the magic of the movies, DeLorean was at the forefront of the industry for three decades.

Sadly, John DeLorean died in March of 2005. We'll never know what exactly he may have had in store to bring DeLorean Motor Company back to the market, though a telephone call two weeks before his death gives us a few clues. Apparently, DeLorean was planning to relaunch DMC with a new take on the classic DMC-12, complete with an engine from Renault with an optional hydraulic hybrid drivetrain and carbon fiber panels to keep it all lightweight.

The above information comes courtesy of our sister site AOL Autos' Maintenance Editor Tom Torbjornsen, who had planned an interview with John DeLorean that was to take place one week after his death. Torbjornsen pieced together information from a conversation he had with DeLorean and his "best guess at what [he] thought John might have said based on [their] conversation." It's an interesting read, and you can check the whole thing out by clicking here.

[Source: AOL Autos]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      A note they forgot to add
      "The car will be limited to a top speed of 88mph"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Some years ago I read that GMAC put up $20,000,000.00 for the Delorean venture. Anyone know if this is true?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Scheduling an interview with someone for one week after their death would result in a very interesting conversation.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So this is a pieced-together interview with guesses for answers?!
      What is this MotorTrend and their ridiculous comparison test from a few years ago where they used computer-generated performance numbers of the yet-to-be released Camaro and set it out against the Mustang???
      • 5 Years Ago
      Everything sounds fine except the DeLorean Motor Company name was already re-established at the time Johnny Z was trying to restart the company:

      • 5 Years Ago
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