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Thread: Is Birkin out of business?

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    Unhappy Is Birkin out of business?


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    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
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    1982 Ferrari 400i
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    and another project car coming....

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    Any word on whether they are making or selling stuff?

    dave

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    As I heard it, the tooling from the South African operations was being moved to CO. In the interim there were enough parts, chassis and other components in stock to manage through that move process until they get back to making things.

    Calling Tbox56 to the forum to comment on this
    Last edited by Croc; 05-09-2020 at 05:12 AM.
    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A
    1982 Ferrari 400i
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    I spoke with Tom the other day. He is doing well. Things are moving along.

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    Maybe this could be a new marketing idea for sevens: drive to Eagle CO. Try on a few cars for size, have your inseam & waist measured and Tom will build a car that fits the driver.
    This certainly would help our member from California trying to find a Caterham that he knows will fit.
    Last edited by wemtd; 05-09-2020 at 04:10 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wemtd View Post
    Maybe this could be a new marketing idea for sevens: drive to Eagle CO. Try on a few cars for size, have your inseam & waist measured and Tom will build a car that fits the driver.
    This certainly would help our member from California trying to find a Caterham that he knows will fit.
    Or he could just go the Locost route. Perfect fit.

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    Or fire up the 3-D printer and set it on "7"
    Life happens while you're making other plans
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    Default We are well in Birkin land

    We are well in Birkin land. Just over a year ago we moved to a new larger facility the new workshop and warehouse are 4800 square feet with ceiling height to allow for vertical expansion along with an exterior storage yard with shipping containers for additional storage of items not temperature sensitive. We have completed the purchase of the inventory remaining in SA, it along with the special tooling and fabrication jigs will be packaged into a container and shipped to us here in Colorado. Unfortunately with the Covid19, which we are all dealing with, the time-frame for the shipment is uncertain. We currently have over 20 chassis (including all 4 models) and components for completing the cars along with an inventory of spare parts in stock in Colorado.

    This transition is being made due to the political uncertainty and business conditions in SA. Overall this change will be a win for Birkin owners in the USA. There will be a more consistent supply chain, not dealing with “strike season”, shipping cost and time. We will be able to offer quicker customer support and product refinement. John Watson will still be involved with the design of new products and the evolution of current products.


    Tom
    Birkin Direct-USA
    970-376-5188

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