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The DeLorean Story: The car, the people, the scandal Hardcover – 7 Feb 2013

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; First Edition edition (7 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857333143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857333148
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nick Sutton worked for the DeLorean Motor Company as a senior manager with responsibility for parts and inventory for just over four years. He started a few weeks after ground-breaking in December 1978 as the 16th employee and was one of only 10 employees left at the very end, following liquidation in 1983. Two years after closure he became a director of Lotus Cars, which designed and developed the DeLorean DMC-12.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AndyD on 11 Feb. 2013
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A great book, highly recommended to anyone interested in the DMC-12, the British automotive & manufacturing industry or UK-US politics in the late 70's and 80's. The book is given fantastic insight from the author's involvement in the concern from October '78 until after its closure in January '83. It is meticulously researched drawing on a number of previous sources, commentry from ex-employees and colleagues and the author's own experiences. Well balanced, even-handed and occaisionally humourous, it paints a fascinating picture of the DeLorean businesses and the man behind them. It examines in detail the intriguing "GPD deal" struck with Lotus for development of the DMC-12 and how this came back to haunt those involved.

This book differs from previous works on the topic in that it does not focus solely on the car (or its failings), the man (and his personality and its flaws), or the drugs bust. Of course, these are features of the tale but are not used to add glib sensationalism. Instead, this book describes the effect of the collapse of the venture on the local community which provided the workforce. It also gives a succinct evaluation of the intervening 30 years, and traces the financial fall-out.

Highly recommended! It could all have been so different.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Neal Barclay on 11 Feb. 2013
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This book is a must read for all Delorean enthusiast out there. This story is told by a Former senior manager of Delorean motor cars ltd. in his own words.
He goes into great detail how the DMC 12 was build. Also how it all came about, and how it all came to a end. I personally have not read a book about Delorean, that tells what really went on behind the scenes till now, A great read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PJ on 13 Feb. 2013
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I've just bought this book and had a friend borrow before I had the chance to read. He enjoyed it that much wanted me to add his review below (Ill get my own review up soon now that I have the book back):

I have just finished what I have to say is the best read I have had for a long time, Anyone interested in the Delorean History should read this book. Nick Suttons take from start to finish and his personal experience of "The Dream That was Delorean" provides a fascinating insight into the day to day running of the Factory, the Politics and the amazing work force from both sides of the divide. A real page turner that I was sad to see the last page.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Milliken on 2 Oct. 2013
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I will only give a quick review, otherwise I would give the game away and the storey of the book.

The author is well known both in the UK and Ireland and throuhout all the Delorean owners club forums. The facts contained a correct and no simulation of truth like other autobiographies etc.

One of the most interest things I enjoyed was seeing some unseen orignal photo prints. Amazing to think that my car could have been in one of the photos.

The book will definately appeal to Delorean owners, but also to other car enthusiasts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M Flanagan on 22 Dec. 2013
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I was given this book as a present from a friend who knew that I had more than a passing interest in Irish history and that I also hold a passion for motor vehicles. I was thoroughly captivated by the book which describes in detail the design and development of the DeLorean car in a period when Northern Ireland was in a state of civil war. Nick Sutton's admission that he sometimes wondered if he was up to the job in this most difficult of circumstances adds credibility to his story. The book is both amusing and ultimately, on the final pages incredibly sad.

The research in writing this book is impressive and describes John DeLorean's obsession with his lifestyle and follows the trail that the company receivers and government agents followed to trace the missing $18 million from the Northern Ireland Company that went "walkabouts" only to be traced after the company went bust.

John DeLorean's trials and verdicts are of particular interest and one wonders after reading the book if greater powers were at work to destroy DeLorean Motor Company and John DeLorean's reputation one that the UK government helped to create by their funding of the factory and the car in 1978.

A truly magnificent piece of work

Well done!!

M Flanagan
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Dunmurry Kid on 22 Mar. 2013
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Nick Sutton's book is incredibly well researched by an author, who - unlike the others that have written about the DeLorean project, including John Z himself - was at the 'coalface'. It removes many of the myths that have festered over the years and is written with a sense of humour, even when describing events that were sometimes dangerous and, towards the end, incredibly disappointing.
Anyone that was an employee of the company owes the author a huge debt of gratitude for setting the record straight after 35 years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Strain on 23 April 2013
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What a read! As a owner and long-time fan of the DeLorean DMC-12 I found it difficult to put this book down. It provides a very unique insight into the process taken to build the car, along with the social and economic difficulties wrapped around the core technical issues. From the initial prototype through to production in under 24 months, right through to the insolvency this book provides a fascinating read onto how far ahead the DeLorean Motor Company could have gone and what really went on behind such an iconic car.
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