I wouldn't be surprised if Comeng figured they could make some extra money out of building all the trucks anyway, as the government ended up having to pay for those under the contract, even though they didn't get the trams. Apart from the chassis and bogies, how much steel was in the R1 body anyway? Just the frame and side panels I think.
Comeng tends to be viewed in saintly terms in Australian transport historiography and they certainly achieved some great things, but people tend to forget that on the bottom line they were a shrewd profit-making business capable of thinking ahead to work out what would suit their best interests. Even in the 1940s any blind freddy and his dog in that industry could figure out that the post-war Sydney business was going to be in buses, not trams. (In Melbourne it was later different for Dandenong of course, but that venture was profitable.)
So here's another electric transit conspiracy theory to add to General Motors, the German auto industry, the British bus industry etc! ;)
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There was enough steel to build up stacks of unused #13 trucks at Wolli Creek per-way depot.
Another example of malignant corporate greed trumping (so to speak) public interest and welfare, abetted by self interested transport bureaucrats with bus industry jobs in their sights - what a surprise.