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MAN (Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg), a Germany-based builder, first attempted to enter the US market in 1978-79, making an agreement with AM General of Mishawaka IN to final assemble articulated bus shells imported from Germany. Later, in 1981. a US manufacturing plant was established in Cleveland NC where complete buses were assembled. Production continued until 1988, when a second order of 485 40-footers was cancelled after production had started because of an injunction in Chicago prohibiting further purchases of non-accessible buses, after which the parent corporation decided that the US subsidiary was unprofitable and would remain so, and shut it down on very short notice.

SERIES 1 - AM GENERAL ASSEMBLED

This series consisted of two subseries: 150 buses of MAN model "297", type SG-220-18-2 (Stadt Gelenke (city articulated)-220hp-18 meters (60-foot)-2 doors) built for the Municipality of Metroplitan Seattle, and 248 plus a demo MAN model "298". Only difference was that 298's were air-conditioned, however some batches were only 55 feet (16.5 meters) long. AMG models were 10260-6 for the 297 and 10260-6-1 or 10255-6-1 for the 298.

SERIAL LIST MODEL 297

0001-0002 (see note)
0003-0042 Metro Seattle 1400-1439
0043-0044 (see note)
0045 Metro Seattle 1440
0046 Metro Seattle 1550 (see note)
0047-0048 Metro Seattle 1441-1442
0049-0052 (see note)
0053-0066 Metro Seattle 1443-1456
0067 (see note)
0068 Metro Seattle 1457
0069 (see note)
0070-0161 Metro Seattle 1458-1549

Eleven incomplete body shells were burned in a brush fire on plant grounds while awaiting their turn into the plant, and eleven additional shells were shipped from Germany as replacements (#0151-0161). Subseqently, shell 0046 was found repairable, was completed, and sold to Metro Seattle as an additional bus.

SERIAL LIST MODEL 298

0001 Southern California Rapid Transit Auth 9200 (60'-3 doors)
0002 demo (60'-3 doors?)
0003-0031 Southern California Rapid Transi Auth 9201-9229 (60'-3 doors)
0032-0061 Alameda-Contra Costa Transit Dist 1600-1629 (60'-2 doors)
0062-0106 San Diego Transit Corp 1001-1045 (60'-2 doors)
0107-0116 Golden Gate Bridge Hwy & Transp Dist 451-460 (60'-2 doors)
0117-0136 Metro Transp Comm (Minneapolis) 1001-1020 (60'-2 doors)
0137-0156 Port Auth Transit (Pittsburgh) 3000-3019 (55'-2 doors)
0157-0176 Chicago Transit Auth 7000-7019 (55'-2 doors)
0177-0186 Metro Atlanta Rpid Transit Auth 1601-1610 (55'-2 doors)
0187-0229 Washigton Metro Area Transp Auth 5001-5043 (55'-2 doors)
0230-0249 Phoenix Transit System 7001-7020 (60'-2 doors)

60'-3 doors = SG-220-18-3A
60'-2 doors = SG-220-18-2A
55'-2 doors = SG-220-16.5-2A

SERIES 2 - CLEVELAND PLANT PRODUCTION

Initially, only articulated buses were built. Models were 782 (SG-310-18-2L), 783 (SG-310-16.5-2L), and 784 (SG-310-18-2L). Later, 783 was redesignated "293". When 40-foot bus production started, all were model 792 (SL-40102L), with Seattle variants SL-40102A and SL-40102LM (Methanol). Charlotte got 96-inch wide 792's (SL-4096A). Trolley buses were 797's (SGT-310). An aborted Chicago order was to be model 892 (SL-40102A?)

CLEVELAND PLANT SERIALS

Note that MAN serials increase in two places. The last four digits increase sequencially among all models, while the two previous ("counting numbers") increase within each model.

BB010001 782 demo to Richfield Bus Co 220
CB020002-CB040004 782 Metro Seattle 2000-2002
CB070005-CB080006 782 Metro Seattle 2003-2004
CB130007-CB140008 782 Metro Seattle 2005-2006
CB100009,CB060010 782 Metro Seattle 2007-2008
CB120011,CB170012 782 Metro Seattle 2009-2010
CB050013 782 Metro Seattle 2011
CB150014-CB160015 782 Metro Seattle 2012-2013
CB090016,CB110017 782 Metro Seattle 2014-2015
CC230018,CC180019 782 Metro Seattle 2016-2017
CC200020,CC220021 782 Metro Seatle 2018-2019
CC280022,CC210023 782 Metro Seattle 2020-2021
CC240024-CC270027 782 Metro Seattle 2022-2025
CC290028-CC520051 782 Metro Seattle 2026-2049
CC190052 782 Metro Seattle 2050

Following 52 buses built from German-built shells, which is why counting numbers do not follow sequence of serial numbers. (excludes BC010093, CTA #7100)

CC010053-CC400092 784 Metro Seattle 2051-2090(40 buses)
BC010093 783 Chicago Transit Auth 7100 (1 bus)
CC410094-CC450098 784 Metro Seattle 2092-2096 (5 buses)
CC020099-CC030100 783 Chicago Transit Auth 7101-7102 (2 buses)
CC460101-CC500105 784 Metro Seattle 2099-2103 (5 buses)

CC040106-CC050107 783 Chicago Transit Auth 7103-7104
CC510108-CC100167 784 Metro Seattle 2106-2165
CC010168 293 Port Auth Transit 3050
CC110169-CC180176 784 Metro Seattle 2166-2173
CC060177-CC070178 783 Chicago Transit Auth 7105-7106
CC190179-CC380198 784 Metro Seattle 2174-2193
CC080199-CC160207 783 Chicago Transit Auth 7107-7115
CC390208-CC450214 784 Metro Seattle 2194-2200
CC460215-CC510220 784 Metro Seattle 2091,2097,2098,2104,2105,2201
CC170221-CC790282 783 Chicago Transit Auth 7116-7178
DC800283-DC050309 783 Chicago Transit Auth 7179-7204
DC020310-DC070315 293 Port Auth Transit 3051-3056
DC060316-DC250335 783 Chicago Transit Auth 7205-7224
DC080336-DC300358 293 Port Auth Transit 3057-3079
DC310359-DC550383 293 Metro Transp Comm (Minneapolis) 1021-1045
DC560384-DC870415 293 Washington Metro Area Transp Auth 5101-5132
DC280416 293 Washington Metro Area Transp Auth 5133
DC880417-DC020431 293 Santa Clara County Transit Dist 2401-2415
DC030432-DC170446 293 Metro Transit Auth (Nashville) 101-115
DC180447-DC270456 293 Memphis Area Transit Auth 500-509
DC280457-DC680497 293 Westchester County Dept of Transp PA600-PA610, 611-640
DC690498-DC060535 293 Regional Transp Dist (Denver) 9001-9038
DC610536 293 demo to Westchester County Dept of Transp 661
DC070537-DC570587 293 Regional Transp Dist (Denver) 9039-9089
DC580588-DC780608 293 Indianapolis Public Transp Corp 8401-8421
DC790609-DC150645 293 Metro Transp Comm (Minneapolis) 1046-1082
EC810646 293 San Francisco Muni Ry 6000
EC160647-EC270658 293 Phoenix Transit System 7021-7032
EC290659-EC310661 293 Phoenix Transit System 7033-7035
EC520662-EC630673 293 Metro Bus Auth (San Juan PR) 84801-84812
EC320674-EC510693 293 Westchester County Dept of Transp 641-660
EC640694-EC800710 293 Rochester-Genessee Regional Transp Auth 301-317
EC820711-EC600789 293 San Francisco Muni Ry 6001-6079
EC620790-EC810809 293 San Francisco Muni Ry 6080-6099
EC910810 293 Metro Transp Comm (Minneapolis) 1058 (2nd) [replacement]
EC820811-EC900819 293 Indianapolis Public Transp Corp 8422-8430
EC010820 792 prototype - to Germany
EC020821 792 prototype - to World Transp 821
EC030822 792 demo - to World Transp 822
EC040823-EC270846 792 Metro Transp Comm (Minneapolis) 1200-1223
EC280847 792 demo - to World Transp 847
EC290848-EC870906 792 Metro Transp Comm (Minneapolis) 1225-1283
FC880907-FC180937 792 Metro Transp Comm (Minneapolis) 1284-1314
FC190938 792 demo
FC290939-FC230942 792 Metro Transp Comm (Minneapolis) 1315-1318
FC240943 792 Metro Transp Comm (Minneapolis) 1224
FC250944-FC360955 792 Metro Transp Comm (Minneapolis) 1319-1330
FC920956-FC120976 293 Phoenix Transp System 7036-7056
FC130977 293 San Francisco Muni Ry 6082 (2nd) [replacement]
FC010978 797 Metro Seattle 4000
FC120979-FC140981 792 Metro Transp Comm (Minneapolis) 1332,1333,1331
FC370982-FC111056 792 Regional Transit Auth (New Orleans) 762-836
FC151057-FC761418 792 Chicago Transit Auth 4000-4361
FC771419-FC231565 792 Metro Seattle 3000-3146
GC241566-GC131655 792 Regional Transit Auth (New Orleans) 837-899, 100-126
GC141656-GC181660 792 Harris County Metro (Houston) 3090-3094
GC141661-GC231670 293 Spokane Transit Auth 210-219
GC021671-GC461715 797 Metro Seattle 4001-4045
GC191716-GC281725 792-M Metro Seattle 3150-3159
GC291726 792 Regional Transit Auth (New Orleans) 888 (2nd) [replacement]
GC301727 792 Metro Transit Comm (Minneapolis) 1150
GC311728 792 Charlotte Transit System 177
HC321729-HC971794 792 Metro Transit Comm (Minneapolis) 1151-1199, 1334-1350
HC241795-HC331804 293 Memphis Area Transit Auth 510-519
HC981805-HC361843 792 Charlotte Transit System 178-216
HC011844-HC031846 892 Chicago Transit Auth (not completed)
HC371847-HC621872 792 Metro Transit Comm (Minneapolis) 1351-1355,1386-1390,1366-1370,1356-1360,1391
JC631873-JC431953 792 Metro Transit Comm (Minneapolis) 1392-1395,1371-1375,1361-1365,1394-1400,
1376-1380,1401-1405,1381-1385,1416-1420,1406-1410,1441-1445,1411-1415,1421-1425.1446-1450,
1427-1431,1451-1453,1432-1440,1454-1458

SUMMARY BY COUNTING NUMBER

782

0001 demo
0002-0052 Seattle

783

0001-0125 Chicago

784

0001-0151 Seattle

293

0001-0030 Pittsburgh
0031-0055 Minneapolis
0056-0087 Washington
0088-0102 San Jose
0103-0117 Nashville
0118-0127 Memphis
0128-0168 Westchester County
0169-0257 Denver
0258-0278 Indianapolis
0279-0315 Minneapolis
0316-0327 Phoenix
0328 Washington
0329-0331 Phoenix
0332-0351 Westchester County
0352-0363 San Juan
0364-0380 Rochester
0381-0460 San Francisco
0461 demo
0462-0481 San Francisco
0482-0490 Indianapolis
0491 Minneapolis - replacement
0492-0512 Phoenix
0513 San Francisco - replacement
0514-0523 Spokane
0524-0533 Memphis

792

0001-0003 prototypes
0004-0027 Minneapolis
0028 demo
0029-0118 Minneapolis
0119 demo
0120-0136 Minneapolis
0137-0211 New Orleans
0212-0214 Minneapolis
0215-0576 Chicago
0577-0723 Seattle
0724-0813 New Orleans
0814-0818 Houston
0819-0828 Seattle
0829 New Orleans - replacement
0830 Minneapolis
0831 Charlotte
0832-0897 Minneapolis
0898-0936 Charlotte
0937-1043 Minneapolis

797

0001-0046 Seattle

892

0001-0003 Chicago - not completed

More Information

M.A.N. USA (MAN Truck & Bus AG) Wikipedia article

MAN SE (parent company) Wikipedia article

AM General Wikipedia article

After closing in 1988, the M.A.N. truck and bus factory in Cleveland, North Carolina, was sold to Daimler/Freightliner in 1989, and as of 2014 continues to build trucks using the Freightliner name.

Freightliner Trucks (Wikipedia) -- Daimler-Benz purchase of Freightliner in 1981, and Freightliner purchase of MAN Cleveland facility in 1989

(Daimler web site)

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