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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunch View Post
    ... Quite naive for all these various micro companies to build pure racing cars for a tiny market back then too...
    Not necessarily - back then there were high tariffs and transport from the UK or US was relatively expensive (containers were just coming onto the scene I think), so local manufacture made sense. We also had companies who didn't mind chasing dreams as there were not all those 'management specialists' intent on maximising profit at the expense of all else.

    Just my view.

    Michael

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael G View Post
    Not necessarily - back then there were high tariffs and transport from the UK or US was relatively expensive (containers were just coming onto the scene I think), so local manufacture made sense. We also had companies who didn't mind chasing dreams as there were not all those 'management specialists' intent on maximising profit at the expense of all else.

    Just my view.

    Michael
    A fair few overseas cars ended up here via dodgy means and abuses of the carnet system....and bits of junk shipped back to the UK, couple of the major constructors could be classed as crims on some of their later more extreme exploits too. Even in the heyday of open wheel in the 60s and early 70s, there's still only a handful of sales yearly, most of these companies struggled to have double digit sales over their entire existence, a triumph of hope over reality, even without the extra costs, most people on a few quid a week would never be able to afford a local factory built car.

    The tariffs did give us a lot of special builders, with some near lethal as boat trailers. Only really long term "success" stories would be Ron Tauranac, who had to go offshore and Bob Britton, who is still going now for his own pleasure.

    Walter looks hefty, luxury, a crane!

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