DeLorean, John

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DeLorean, John Gender: M
John Zachary DeLorean
born on 6 January 1925 at 12:00 (= 12:00 noon )
Place Detroit, Michigan, 42n20, 83w03
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Gauquelin
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 15°54' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 09°00 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 13°47'

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John DeLorean
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American engineer, auto manufacturer and General Motors executive. A boy wonder in Detroit, he became the center of a tangled take of cars, cash and cocaine.

He was born the eldest of four sons to immigrant Zachary DeLorean, a Ford foundry worker in Detroit. His mother was unhappy in the marriage and took her sons with her as she moved to California. As a child, John went back and forth between his parent's homes in California and Michigan. He studied at Lawrence Institute of Technology in Michigan and received an engineering degree. While working in the auto industry he earned his MA in engineering, an MBA degree and started a law degree. In 1956, DeLorean got a job as engineer at General Motor's Pontiac division and chief engineer in 1961. Four years later he became the general manager of the entire GM division and in another four years, the head of GM's Chevrolet division. In 1974, DeLorean left his position as the GM's chief of North American Operations. Leaving behind his $650,000 vice-presidency salary, DeLorean decided it was time to start his own car company.

DeLorean was a maverick in the Detroit auto industry. He had increased GM profits by sales, engineering and marketing. Now he wanted to pursue his own dreams by building a high-priced specialty car. In 1978, he founded the DeLorean Motor Company near Belfast, Ireland and in January 1981, his first DMC-12 rolled off the assembly line to the car buying public for $25,000. It had a sleek sports car design with unusual gull-wing doors. The car became immortalized in the films, "Back to the Future" and "Back to the Future II." Unfortunately, DeLorean was finding it difficult to raise capital to continue to produce his car. He became desperate for money. On 19 October 1982, he was arrested in Los Angeles by the FBI and charged with trafficking in cocaine. At 57, DeLorean was sitting in a federal prison waiting for his trial. In England, the government that helped to finance DeLorean's car plant closed it down on bankruptcy charges. In 1984, DeLorean was acquitted in the drug trafficking case but he continued to be plagued by litigation problems.

In 1985 he wrote his autobiography, "DeLorean" to help raise funds. In 1989, the 64 year-old car manufacturer was planning to raise capital to start a new car company.

DeLorean was a driven man who discovered that he could not enjoy such simple pleasures as golf or bridge because he became too competitive to win absolutely. He married his first wife, Elizabeth Higgens in 1950 and divorced 15 years later. He then married Kelly Harmon, the 20-year-old daughter of football player Tom Harmon, in 1966 and they divorced three years later. He dated many Hollywood actresses such as Ursula Andress, Candice Bergen, and Nancy Sinatra. In 1972, he met model Cristina Ferrare at a Beverly Hills Gucci party. She moved into his Michigan home and they later married.

The DeLoreans lived a wealthy lifestyle. At one time they owned a 20-room, $7.2 million Fifth Avenue duplex in Manhattan, 440-acre 3.5 million New Jersey estate, and a $4 million ranch in California. The couple had two children, Zachary and Kathryn. Cristina was a devoted mother who loved to entertain friends and family at home by cooking her own Italian dishes. She stood by her husband when he was charged in Los Angeles for drug trafficking, accused of trying to sell 220 lbs. of cocaine, but when the trial was over, she divorced her husband and re-married Tony Thomopoulos.

At one time during his financial crisis DeLorean consulted a palm reader. While in jail, he became a Christian and later donated his time to Church projects and charity events. When DeLorean was frantically looking for investors in his car company he was taking Seconal, sleeping pills, and drinking 15 cups of coffee a day. He stated strongly that he never used cocaine.

He died of a stroke on 19 March 2005 in Summit, New Jersey. He was 80 years old.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • role played of/by Baldwin, Alec (born 3 April 1958). Notes: 2019 docu film, "Framing John DeLorean"


  • Relationship : Marriage 1950 (First wife Elizabeth Higgens, 15 years)
  • Work : New Career 1956 (Started with General Motor's)
  • Work : New Job 1961 (Chief engineer)
  • Work : New Job 1965 (General Manager with General Motors)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1966 (Second marriage Kelly Harmon)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1972 (Third marriage Cristina Ferrare)
  • Work : Fired/Laid off/Quit 1974 (Left General Motors to start own company)
  • Work : Start Business 1978 (Started DeLorean Motor Co.)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1981 (Release of first automobile)
  • Crime : Arrest 19 October 1982 (Arrested on cocaine charges)
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  • Other Crime 1984 (Acquitted of all charges)

Source Notes

Gauquelin Book of American Charts


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs (Seconal, sleeping pills)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (First of four boys)
  • Family : Childhood : Parents divorced
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (Three)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Three)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One son and one daughter)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Extreme ups and downs
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
  • Lifestyle : Home : Many moves (Moved between parents homes, CA and Mich.)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Drug business (Accused of cocaine trafficking, acquitted)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Prison sentence
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner (DeLorean Motor Co.)
  • Vocation : Business : Top executive (Vice-Pres. General Motors)
  • Vocation : Engineer : Mechanical (Automotive engineering degree)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer