The CPC 472 was a special member of Amstrad's CPC range computers version made by Indescomp, the Spanish Amstrad distributor,in Spain and without Amstrad Consumer Electronics UK. help as Roland Perry told us in our interview.
This model was released to avoid a Spanish tax for any computer with 64kb or less memory that didn't have a Spanish keyboard, including the 'Ñ' key. This way Indescomp released a enhanced CPC with a memory of 72kb and without a specific Spanish keyboard version.
But this extra 8Kb of RAM memory was not connected at all and are only a fake to avoid the Spanish taxes.
But shortly after that, a new law was approved that made compulsory the Spanish keyboard in any computer sold in Spain. This is the reason they had to release the second version of the 472 with Spanish keyboard. This way they sold the stocked 472 computers and finished the short lived cpc472 story.
CPC 472 English keyboard version
Locomotive Basic version 1.1 RAM memory: 72Kb, the highest 8Kb aren't accesible any way
It's only an English CPC 464 with a miniboard expansion not connected at all and with the updated Locomotive Basic into a renamed case
CPC 472 Spanish keyboard version
Locomotive Basic version 1.0 RAM memory: 72Kb, the highest 8Kb aren't accesible any way
It's only an Spanish CPC 464 with a miniboard expansion not connected at all into a renamed case