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post #15 of (permalink) Old 10-05-2006, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
amarthur
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So, if I understand this correctly, it would seem that the well quoted (Original Spider and elsewhere) final batch of 300 RHD spiders was quite probably manufactured and assembled in Italy then exported to SA for addition of very minor final parts. As to which plant they were sent... seems that it could have been East London. From SA they were either sold for SA consumption or exported. This leads to the question, as spider sales were considered to be slack in this period,were they only ever meant for SA consumption or was there an intention to market worldwide? The economics of sending largely complete cars to SA for completion with the intention for onward export doesn't really make sense unless there was a trade off elsewhere, or if a significantly better profit was realised through sale from SA rather than Italy?

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