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The DeLorean From 'Back To The Future' Has An Even Crazier Real-Life History Than We Imagined

Updated 8 Oct 2019 16.6k views14 items

It's an iconic car, the DeLorean, made famous by its fundamental role in the Back to the Future movies - but do you know the man behind the car? Do you know the John DeLorean story?

The DeLorean's namesake, John DeLorean, lived a life so intriguing that it's now the subject of two major movies. Framing John DeLorean, featuring Alec Baldwin, was released in July 2019, a mashup of documentary footage and reenactments of DeLorean's extraordinary path. A month later brought the arrival of Driven starring Jason Sudeikis and Lee Pace and detailing DeLorean's exhaustive - albeit questionable - quest to make the innovative, ethical sports car

Two movies may not be enough to fully encapsulate all the ups and downs of John DeLorean's life - or how far he was willing to go to get the DeLorean made. He's been called many things - engineer, playboy, car maker, conman, risk-taker - and, in truth, he may have been all of the above.

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