In this age of shifting consumer tastes, uncertain trade tariff constructs and increasing vehicle assembly plant and platform scale levels, I wonder if the time might be right to establish contract assembly operations in the United States. Those of you steep in automotive history will remind me of the efforts in the 1980s by companies such as Cars & Concepts and American Specialty Cars to provide niche vehicle and convertible conversions of mass production vehicles and their conspicuous absence in today's market. Is that due to the contract assembly business model? Perhaps the vehicle designs themselves? Maybe the economics and labor dynamics - at least for the convertibles - drove the production back to the main assembly plants? Or, as is always the case, a little bit of everything.