Originally Posted by Ludwig II
Going back to the manufacturer/assembler argument. Across pre 1939 Europe, most small "manufacturers" used bought in components. They may have had to stamp out some plate, or send out for castings occasionally, but they mostly bolted bits together.
This thing about buying bits in and putting a name on then is nothing new. All you have to do really, as a buyer of a complete machine, is to look for the name with the best reputation. The rest of us have to go out looking for unreliability.
Ludwig is very correct. I'm reminded of the early Frazer-Nash automobiles of the 20s and 30s. You could order one with a Blackburne engine, or Anzani, or Meadows. I think you could even get a J.A.P. engine for them. They bought their wheels from outside suppliers and goodness knows how many other assorted bits. But they assembled them in their own unique way, and sold you your Frazer-Nash. Even Rolls Royce bought engine parts and other components from outside sources. Some factories made gauges and sold them to car makers. Some made cylinder blocks or sleeves. Duesenberg sold expertly crafted AND assembled running chassis - and then you went and bought coachwork for it. But it was still very much a Duesenberg.