Back in the early and mid 80s a brand new Subaru could be had for under 10 grand and not a stripped model either.
A new automatic transmission was right at 5 grand sans labor, fluid, and exhaust gaskets.
Try explaining that to a customer. “You mean to tell me the cost of the trans is half the price of the car?”. That was on Subaru because the dealer cost of the trans was a shade under 4 grand.
Some may remember back in the early 80s when some publication priced a new Chevy Citation at 6 grand. They went and priced all of the parts needed across the counter to put together a new Citation. It came to right about 90k dollars.
If nothing else it illustrates just how cheaply the manufacturing process can turn out parts; both by the car maker and their suppliers.