How John DeLorean Built His Dream Car, Only to Total It

A Rough Start

John DeLorean was born on January 6, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan. His father, Zachary, was a Romanian immigrant who had trouble finding work because of his English. His mother, Kathryn, tried to help out financially by taking work whenever she could, but her husband’s erratic behavior made everyone’s life hard.


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Zachary had violent outbursts and took his frustrations out on his family. During her husband’s more intense episodes, Kathryn took her sons to live with her sister in Los Angeles, California. They would sometimes stay for a year at a time. After John’s parents finally divorced in 1942, the future businessman barely saw his father, who became a drug addict living in a boarding home.

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