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    The following was taken from a Brit car forum I follow (BSCCOC). There's been a lengthy discussion of if, when, why, any Brit cars were ever assembled in Canada. Only the last paragraph will be of interest to most Stude people.................

    Austins were never assembled in Canada, and although there were rumours of
    Austin assembling cars in Canada when the Devon was introduced, by the time
    the Somerset was on the market the rumours were gone. Austin sold over
    10,000 cars in Canada in 1950 when currency restrictions temporarily all but
    ended importation of cars from the U.S. But by 1954 Austin sales had fallen
    to less than 5,000 and that included all models, from the A35 through to the
    Westminster. (GM of Canada started importing Vauxhalls in 1949-50 for
    Pontiac-Buick dealers when they could not import Buicks.)

    The auto trade agreement between Canada and the U.S. was signed in 1965 and
    had no effect on import duties on vehicles from other countries. If
    anything, had Austin started assembling cars in Canada the Autopact, as it
    was called, would have helped the operation as Austin would be able to
    export cars to the U.S. duty free. In 1963, two years before Autopact, the
    Canadian govenment implemented a policy permitting Canadian auto
    manufacturers to deduct a percentage of their exports (cars) from the value
    of their imports (parts) in determining the value of import duties owing.
    That policy helped push Studebaker to move all its operations to Canada and
    close the South Bend plant. That would have helped Austin as well, as they
    could deduct their car exports to the U.S. from the parts imports from
    Britain. Also, after 1952 the company was no longer Austin but British
    Motor Corporation and the plant could have also assembled Morris and MG
    cars.

    The Studebaker plant also still stands in Hamilton at 369 East Ferrie
    Street. (It was numbered 349 East Ferrie when Studebaker was there.) There
    is a website that has photos of the plant, but that building is not the
    Studebaker plant but the old Otis plant next door at North Victoria and East
    Ferrie. The two plants are built right next to each other, but the Otis
    plant dates back to WW I while the Studebaker plant was built in WW II.

    Bill
    Toronto, ON

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    Originally posted by Dwain G. View Post
    The following was taken from a Brit car forum I follow (BSCCOC). There's been a lengthy discussion of if, when, why, any Brit cars were ever assembled in Canada. Only the last paragraph will be of interest to most Stude people.................

    Austins were never assembled in Canada, and although there were rumours of
    Austin assembling cars in Canada when the Devon was introduced, by the time
    the Somerset was on the market the rumours were gone. Austin sold over
    10,000 cars in Canada in 1950 when currency restrictions temporarily all but
    ended importation of cars from the U.S. But by 1954 Austin sales had fallen
    to less than 5,000 and that included all models, from the A35 through to the
    Westminster. (GM of Canada started importing Vauxhalls in 1949-50 for
    Pontiac-Buick dealers when they could not import Buicks.)

    The auto trade agreement between Canada and the U.S. was signed in 1965 and
    had no effect on import duties on vehicles from other countries. If
    anything, had Austin started assembling cars in Canada the Autopact, as it
    was called, would have helped the operation as Austin would be able to
    export cars to the U.S. duty free. In 1963, two years before Autopact, the
    Canadian govenment implemented a policy permitting Canadian auto
    manufacturers to deduct a percentage of their exports (cars) from the value
    of their imports (parts) in determining the value of import duties owing.
    That policy helped push Studebaker to move all its operations to Canada and
    close the South Bend plant. That would have helped Austin as well, as they
    could deduct their car exports to the U.S. from the parts imports from
    Britain. Also, after 1952 the company was no longer Austin but British
    Motor Corporation and the plant could have also assembled Morris and MG
    cars.

    The Studebaker plant also still stands in Hamilton at 369 East Ferrie
    Street. (It was numbered 349 East Ferrie when Studebaker was there.) There
    is a website that has photos of the plant, but that building is not the
    Studebaker plant but the old Otis plant next door at North Victoria and East
    Ferrie. The two plants are built right next to each other, but the Otis
    plant dates back to WW I while the Studebaker plant was built in WW II.

    Bill
    Toronto, ON
    When Studebaker closed, the facility was sold to Otis Elevator who later sold it to Allen Candy. Somewhere during those transitions someone changed the address on the office door to 369 from 349. The number 369 still is in evidence today. The property is still for sale and the last I heard it was being used as a warehouse storage facility.
    Stu Chapman

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    • #3
      That is interesting about the deduction allowed on the Canadian end, being a contributing factor in shutting down South Bend in favour of Hamilton. Hadn't realized the implications previously.

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      • #4
        Stu is correct that the address is now 369 . This summer we took our 66 Daytona back to the plant for the 1st time in its 45 years since it was built. If you look closely you can see the 369 on the door .
        Stu I checked the mail box .....nothing for you <g>

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        • #5
          Here's my '62 in the same spot...


          ...and as close as I could get to the completed car rollout door (the grey door above the windshield in this shot).

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          • #6
            I posted a few photos of the plant in this thread: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...highlight=otis

            Craig

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Steve T View Post
              Here's my '62 in the same spot...


              ...and as close as I could get to the completed car rollout door (the grey door above the windshield in this shot).
              Steve, there's something in the mailbox. Did you check to see if it was for me? Bob B checked when he was there, but alas there was nothing.
              Stu Chapman

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