By the time John DeLorean left General Motors in 1973, the company's hierarchy had had quite enough of the bright engineer who helped lead Pontiac back to greatness. And vice versa.
It was a bumpy journey. But it certainly wasn't dull.
When Packard Motor Car Co. was imploding in 1956, 31-year-old engineer John DeLorean was among the Packard employees looking for new jobs.
He was a bright young engineer with a good reputation, and three companies offered him a job: Thompson Products Co. in Cleveland, which became part of TRW Automotive; American Metal Products Co., which became part of Lear Corp.; and Pontiac.
DeLorean took the Pontiac job because it paid $5,000 more than American Metal offered.
He started at Pontiac in September 1956, and he found a home. He became part of the team that revitalized Pontiac and then followed each other up through GM's ranks.
He also became part of the power structure. By the time he was shown the door in May 1973, DeLorean, then 48, had climbed to within a few rungs of the top of the world's largest automaker.
Through the years, he changed. After successfully running Pontiac and Chevrolet, DeLorean discovered that he liked the limelight more than any GM exec should. Along the path, he stripped off GM's traditional gray flannel uniform and donned trendier duds as part of his image makeover.