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Optare Delta
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An Optare Delta owned by Southern Transit
Floor type Step entrance
Doors 1 or 2 door
Chassis DAF SB220 (types SB220LC550, DE02LTSB220, DE02GSSB220)
Engine(s) DAF 1160
Transmission ZF Automatic
Options Various customer options

The Optare Delta is a single-decker bus body produced for the DAF SB220 chassis. They were built in a factory in Leeds. They are known for their distinctive sloping front window.[1]


The Delta was launched in 1988. The first example to be sold to an operator came in February 1989, when independent Northern Bus bought a single vehicle which it later sold to Manchester-based Walls.[2] Other early customers included Crosville Cymru, which took two three months later[3], and Ogden's Travel, which also acquired two at the same time.[4] Reading Buses bought ten Deltas in 1990[5], while Northumbria Motor Services and Teesside Motor Services also bought large numbers.[6] Potteries Motor Traction was another customer, with its first example arriving in August 1990.[1]

Production of the Delta ceased in 1999. 324 were built in total.[citation needed]

Optare Delta in culture

An Optare Delta in all-over red livery is featured as a driveable vehicle in the PlayStation 2 game The Getaway, and its sequel The Getaway: Black Monday.[7]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Optare Delta restored by Paul Pearson of Potteries Ominbus Preservation Society | PMT |
  2. Brown, Stewart J (September 1993). Buses in Britain. Capital Transport, 101. ISBN 1854141589. 
  3. Brown p.220
  4. Brown p.50
  5. Brown p.172
  6. Brown p.78
  7. Optare Delta in video games

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