Finished: De Lorean Incorporated

The rise and demise of a stainless-steel miracle

Callers to the plush Manhattan offices of De Lorean Motor Co. last week got only a computerized voice: "At the customer's request, 889-8900 has been temporarily disconnected."

It was a whimpering climax to the daring venture that put John Z. De Lorean's name on wheels. De Lorean attempted what no one had managed to pull off since Henry J. Kaiser did it in the 1940s: to start an auto company and compete successfully in a market dominated by Ford, Chrysler and GM. In the end, De Lorean's...

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