John DeLorean may be gone, but some of the flotsam of his ill-fated automotive empire is available on eBay from time to time.
Do we hear any bids?
About $40,000 worth of DeLorean's business memorabilia has sold so far - more than half by electronic auction, says Detroit lawyer David Allard. He's the creditor trustee whose job is to distribute what remains of DeLorean's bankrupt company to its remaining creditor, a French insurance company.
The books and records of most bankrupt companies end up in the trash bin. Allard's son Ryan suggested eBay in 2002. Since then, they have been surprised by the prices DeLorean loyalists have been willing to pay for a piece of history.
Among the items sold are DeLorean Motor Co. stock certificates, blueprints, reports, dealer brochures - even the flamboyant auto executive's business cards.
Most of the items sell for less than $300, Allard says. The otherwise-worthless DMC stock certificate No. 1 fetched $7,500.
Allard says 99 percent of what he posts on eBay sells. But time is running out.
Such books and records are the last things to go during a liquidation, and the trust will close this summer. By then, Allard says, most of the mementos of a failed automaker will be gone.