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Glomming onto a Federal program in the 1970s meant to spur the development of more accessible buses, DeLorean Motor Corporation saw a potential revenue stream. Not that the DMC 80 had anything to do with their now cult-classic sports car, it wouldn't have even been built by DMC. An example of how badge engineering and pimping platforms has been going on forever in the automotive business, DeLorean was essentially planning on affixing the DMC badge to buses from Germany's FFG.

Like the DMC-12, success was not to be had. The Urban Mass Transit Administration's (now Federal Transit Administration) Transbus program was cancelled in 1981 after several years of floundering. DMC couldn't continue to devote resources to the effort, so they abandoned the licensing effort and scrapped a proposal for a bus assembly plant in New York, too. While DeLorean may be little more than a passing curiosity in automotive history, the fact that they got an automobile into production and on the market means that there are plenty of enthusiasts looking for any remaining vestiges of the company. The nature of launching an automotive enterprise also means that there's a ton of material to be strip-mined on eBay. If you find this little footnote in DeLorean's history as fascinating as we do, you can pony up bids and get your hands on a small trove of goodies like blueprints to the non-starter bus plant, a brochure for the DMC 80, and a random DeLorean certificate of achievement. Our favorite item, though, is the memo from John DeLorean to Bill Haddad, essentially saying "call this guy, he can help us, oh yeah, he was also convicted of fraud."

[Source: eBay via Winding Road]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Gonna have a hard time getting that thing up to 88.8 miles per hour.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Interesting that it exists. I don't know who'd want to buy this stuff, but it shouldn't just be discarded and forgotten about. Maybe the guy that bought the GM Futureliner will buy it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I have a DeLorean and am very interested in picking up little souvenirs of the company and it's interesting history.

        Also on an interesting side note, DeLorean also bought the Logan company which produced snow shoveling vehicles that were used to plow ski slopes. It was called the DMC-3700. These are still in use even today but with a LMC logo on them.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It doesn't really exist though. It's just an FFG but with a "DMC-80" graphic poorly pasted on top. On page 4 of the brochure they even forgot to paste the graphic and left the original FFG marking!

        The brochure is just a sales pitch.
      • 7 Years Ago
      though I wonder how well it could have done, had this come to fruition. I'd guess at least some transit lines would want an alternative to the belching, screaming two-stroke GMCs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ok so he was a cheap bastard lol. It's still interesting.
      • 7 Years Ago
      looks like the same junk new flyer builds. complete with MAN axles and kneeling capabilities. very odd indeed.