Re: [DML] DeLorean was going to be president for Bricklin?!?!
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Re: [DML] DeLorean was going to be president for Bricklin?!?!


I heard about this from a co-worker of mine this week but I just fluffed 
it off as standard misinformation everyone else has about John and his 
car in general. I never knew it actually came right out of Malcolm's mouth.

I do agree, and have always thought, that the two cars are very similar, 
but I never ever thought that someone like Bricklin would say or 
insinuate that DeLorean copied off of them. The similarities are there 
but, if anything, I would say that John allowed a lot of Lotus to be put 
into the DeLorean more than anything else.

Most people who have taken the time to study this car's history know 
that DeLorean and Lotus did a lot of work together which justifies the 
large similarities between DeLorean and Lotus at that time.

The only real similarities that I can think of between the Bricklin and 
the DeLorean, without researching it, is the overall exterior style of 
the car, the emphasis on safety, and the doors, which is the most 
obvious feature of them all.

Now that I think about it though, what about the old name for the 
DeLorean - the DSV? The whole nomenclature of it is similar to the 
Bricklin's, since it was called SV-1 and they both stand for safety vehicle.

Anyone can find similarities between the two cars, but the only real 
people who can answer this is someone closely tied to John, John himself 
(RIP), or like some of us saw, Malcolm Bricklin. I don't really think he 
has any reason to be upset at DMC, or John himself since its not like 
it's DMC's fault that Bricklin went into receivership.

Regardless, even if John did in some way copy some of the design cues of 
Bricklin, I really doubt that it will be that big of a shock wave in the 
DMC community, that we will love our cars less, or be less proud of our 
ownership of a DMC. Worst case scenario is it might spark an unfortunate 
and childish rivalry between Bricklin owners and DeLorean owners.

There may be lots to think of on this issue... maybe not. It will be 
interesting to read on this subject as more people reply and provide 
further information.

Nevertheless, I say forget the past, the future is now. If these events 
are true, they still will not stop me from living my dream, loving the 
DeLorean, loving this community and being inexplicably proud of being an 
owner of the only car that has really thrilled me since I was a baby, 
waaaaaay before watching BTTF.


daniel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> I was surprised nobody wrote about this already, unless I just missed a
> post somewhere. I watched the new episode of "Chop Cut Rebuild" on
> Speed TV on Monday, which featured a Bricklin. It was the first episode
> of many showing the gullwing car being restored and modified.
> Among others, they interviewed the car's creator, Malcolm Bricklin.
> Malcolm said that in the early 1970's John DeLorean offered to be
> president of the Bricklin company. They agreed that John would get 1.7
> million per year to be president!! The next day, John called Malcolm
> and said that it was supposed to be 1.7 million, after taxes!! Malcolm
> Bricklin said NO.
> Bricklin then went on to say in the interview that, "John DeLorean then
> went on to create a car, with his name on it, that was copied directly
> from the original Bricklin prototype car that John was allowed to
> study". I personally own a "D" and a "B" and I don't see any real
> similarities myself.
> I have never heard of this before, or anything like it! Has anyone
> else? This was straight from the mouth of Malcolm Bricklin, and he
> sounded quite annoyed actually (30+ years later)!
> Daniel
> VIN 10920
> Arizona DeLorean Club

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