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Determining where a 1983 Fuji Espree was manufactured

Old 05-06-17, 09:10 PM
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Determining where a 1983 Fuji Espree was manufactured

I recently picked up a 1983 Fuji Espree in need of some TLC. Before I bought it I googled for info on this model. I found info on 83, 84 and 85 models. It seems the 83 was a slightly different animal than the 4 or 5. Anyway I also read that during this time period Fuji was moving certain models from Japan manufacture to being either made in Taiwan or China. So how do I know country of manufacture?
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Fuji was actually one of the last companies to move their manufacturing to Taiwan. I feel 99% sure that Japan was your Espree's country of origin.
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The 1983 Espree serial numbers that I have in my database are consistent with Fuji facilities. In addition, most Japanese manufacturers did not move manufacturing offshore until after the 1985 Plaza Accord which caused a significant price increase of Japanese manufactured products.

Based on these two facts, there is no reason to believe that your Espree was not manufactured in Japan. However, if you want to make sure, in the absence of a country of origin decal, the serial number would be the best indicator of the origin.
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