Osnabruck (Ger­many)

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Kar­mann of Osnabruck in north­ern Ger­many, was an in­de­pen­dent con­cern, which be­came fa­mous for build­ing VW Kar­mann-Ghias and Golf Con­vert­ibles, then fol­lowed up in the 1980s with a va­ri­ety of Audi, Mercedes-Benz, VW and var­i­ous Porsche mod­els. There­after it as­sem­bled a spe­cial Sierra called the Merkur XR4Ti (which was sold mainly in the USA), fol­lowed up with ev­ery Es­cort Con­vert­ible, but then be­came leg­endary by as­sem­bling the en­tire 8000-plus batch of Es­cort RS Cosworth hatch­backs, start­ing from bare body pan­els (not shells) and build­ing up from there. Ford did not use their fa­cil­i­ties af­ter this. Bank­ruptcy fol­lowed in 2009, but the site was re­vived un­der new own­er­ship.

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