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firedome
Posted 2013-05-29 4:26 PM (#377794)
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OK, while being one to like stuff mostly stock, I'm not above a little tweaking here and there, color, brakes and suspension being one area. But my wheelcovers that came standard on a '58 Windsor are somewhat lacking in flash & appeal, downright boring really, so what 14" FL wheel covers do ya'll like?
I'd cast a vote for those gold Adventurer jobs from a '57, but a good set of those is waaaay outta my budget... so what else is out there that's sharp, as we said back then? Prefer to stay Mopar if possible. Might consider 15" Mopar wheels as well, that opens up more possibilities.

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Posted 2013-05-29 5:04 PM (#377799 - in reply to #377794)
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1957 Dodge Spinners; end of story.



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Posted 2013-05-29 5:26 PM (#377803 - in reply to #377794)
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in my opinion

-'57 Lancer
-'57 Plymouth full wheelcover
-'59 Plymouth full wheelcover
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Posted 2013-05-29 5:38 PM (#377804 - in reply to #377803)
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Posted 2013-05-29 6:30 PM (#377811 - in reply to #377804)
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The '57 and '58 Dodge Lancer spinner hubcaps are basically the same wheelcover. The '58s are painted black in the center while the '57s were left natural.

1957


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Lancer Mike
Posted 2013-05-29 6:43 PM (#377814 - in reply to #377811)
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I like the 1957 Plymouth "Coolie Hats"

The 1957 - 1959 Dodge spinners are neat on Dodges, but may not work as well on other makes.



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Myke
Posted 2013-05-29 7:16 PM (#377821 - in reply to #377794)
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58-59 Desoto Hub Caps
Or 58 Plymouth
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NorthernFins
Posted 2013-05-29 7:23 PM (#377823 - in reply to #377821)
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my preferences:

-1957 Plymouth, beauties

- 1959 Plymouth, I put them on my `60 Saratoga to replace the stock ones, looks sharp

Plymouth is where it`s at for FL hubcaps!

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Posted 2013-05-29 7:43 PM (#377825 - in reply to #377811)
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57burb - 2013-05-29 6:30 PM

The '57 and '58 Dodge Lancer spinner hubcaps are basically the same wheelcover. The '58s are painted black in the center while the '57s were left natural.

1957


1958


I know, but the black makes it look so much better.
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Posted 2013-05-29 9:05 PM (#377844 - in reply to #377794)
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61 Dodge spinner hands down
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Posted 2013-05-29 9:14 PM (#377847 - in reply to #377794)
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First choice is the 57 Plymouth. Second is one I'm partial to, just like everyone else, because it's on my car! The 60 Desoto cover is the only Mopar cover of the era that I'm aware of that completely covers the wheel.
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Posted 2013-05-29 9:15 PM (#377848 - in reply to #377794)
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This is out of the fl era, but not by much

Dodge fratzog, but there are simmilar Plymouth ones as well





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Posted 2013-05-29 9:16 PM (#377849 - in reply to #377794)
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I like the 61 Dodge spinners
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Posted 2013-05-29 10:26 PM (#377868 - in reply to #377849)
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If you're going to allow 15 inch units, then I'll go for Chrysler 300G wheel covers



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Posted 2013-05-29 10:27 PM (#377869 - in reply to #377849)
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A lot of the FL wheelcovers are rather flat and unadorned. I am surprised so many here
rate the 57-9 Plymouth caps so highly. They are OK, but to receive top marks ?

What about:

55-56 Dodge spinners ?
57-58 Dodge spinners ?
58 DeSoto spinners ?
61 Dodge spinners ?
57-58 NY'er ?
57-59 300 ?
57-59 Imperial ?

I like wheelcovers with some depth and a smaller center protrusion. I find the ones with a
big flat disc in the center to be totally unattractive. If there is some "busy-ness" it the center
(like a fine spinner), all the better. Too much, like 59-60 Dodge, is just obnoxious.

Some use the word "hubcap" above, but these are different, covering only the hub, or as I
affectionately call them "dog dishies". Some look better than others, but all have a more
collectively great look when installed on a stripper looking car.

All-in-all, I'd give the 57-58 Dodge spinner the top mark for best looking Forward Look wheelcover.
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NorthernFins
Posted 2013-05-30 12:31 AM (#377891 - in reply to #377847)
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b5rt - 2013-05-29 7:14 PM

First choice is the 57 Plymouth. Second is one I'm partial to, just like everyone else, because it's on my car! The 60 Desoto cover is the only Mopar cover of the era that I'm aware of that completely covers the wheel.


another one that completely covers the wheels is the 60 Dodge Polara hubcap, a pretty one as well!

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jimntempe
Posted 2013-05-30 1:07 AM (#377895 - in reply to #377794)
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I like the 60 polara wheel covers also and my Matador has them. But I also like all the other wheel covers in this thread. Truth be told there are many cars I see with "mag" wheels on them where I think they just look out of place and the car would be a lot nicer looking with the factory wheel covers.
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FIN ME
Posted 2013-05-30 8:59 AM (#377936 - in reply to #377794)
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I'm also a fan of the Lancer '57-'58 wheel covers, and I've always been fond of the cone-shaped types as seen on the '57 Plymouth.

The '61 DeSoto also had what I think were rather nifty wheel covers - very "space-age fifties":
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rockerarm
Posted 2013-05-30 9:45 AM (#377945 - in reply to #377794)
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what 14" FL wheel covers do ya'll like?

One thing for sure..... It's NOT the 61 Plymouth covers...! I'm in tune with keeping the look original so will be using them on my 61, but giving the choice I would choose the 57 Plymouth cones first and then any year Dodge "spinner" type cover.

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Posted 2013-05-30 10:13 AM (#377954 - in reply to #377794)
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My Buddies 56 CRL Spinners are very cool.
I got a set of those 60-61 Desoto WC's if anyone's interested.
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Posted 2013-05-30 2:22 PM (#377988 - in reply to #377794)
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58 Plymouth, especially the gold center Fury hubcaps. The 56-59 gold Desoto hubcaps too.
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Posted 2013-05-30 3:01 PM (#377991 - in reply to #377794)
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I just like the good ol dog dishes. Look good on any car! And they don't fly off on a hard turn either!
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Posted 2013-05-30 3:03 PM (#377992 - in reply to #377945)
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rockerarm - 2013-05-30 9:45 AM

what 14" FL wheel covers do ya'll like?

One thing for sure..... It's NOT the 61 Plymouth covers...! I'm in tune with keeping the look original so will be using them on my 61, but giving the choice I would choose the 57 Plymouth cones first and then any year Dodge "spinner" type cover.



I don't know about that Will, they kinda grow on ya, in fact i was cleaning and polishing (and damm near cut a finger off) the 61 Fury covers and was thinking, "did they have a special department that just design's the wheel covers for the new cars coming out?" Some are really works of art in themselves, By the way, I'm trying to figure out how to touch up the black half circles on the 61 Plymouth covers.
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Posted 2013-05-30 3:10 PM (#377996 - in reply to #377847)
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b5rt - 2013-05-29 6:14 PM

First choice is the 57 Plymouth. Second is one I'm partial to, just like everyone else, because it's on my car! The 60 Desoto cover is the only Mopar cover of the era that I'm aware of that completely covers the wheel.


The 1960 Dodge 4-bar spinners completely cover the wheel as well, they're awesome lookin too.



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Posted 2013-05-30 3:38 PM (#378001 - in reply to #377794)
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1955-56 Imperial hubcaps are not too bad either.
Imperial hubcaps are great !!!!





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Posted 2013-05-30 3:38 PM (#378002 - in reply to #377992)
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rockerarm - 2013-05-30 9:45 AM

what 14" FL wheel covers do ya'll like?

One thing for sure..... It's NOT the 61 Plymouth covers...! I'm in tune with keeping the look original so will be using them on my 61, but giving the choice I would choose the 57 Plymouth cones first and then any year Dodge "spinner" type cover.

I don't know about that Will, they kinda grow on ya, in fact i was cleaning and polishing (and damm near cut a finger off) the 61 Fury covers and was thinking, "did they have a special department that just design's the wheel covers for the new cars coming out?" Some are really works of art in themselves, By the way, I'm trying to figure out how to touch up the black half circles on the 61 Plymouth covers.

 

I don't know if they still do, and kind of doubt it, but I recall reading in a car history book about some junior engineer at one of the big three who's first assignment was to design wheel covers.

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Posted 2013-05-30 4:37 PM (#378013 - in reply to #377799)
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d500neil - 2013-05-29 5:04 PM

1957 Dodge Spinners; end of story.





Absolutely, flat down, no question.
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Posted 2013-05-30 6:12 PM (#378040 - in reply to #378013)
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kmccabe56 - 2013-05-30 4:37 PM

d500neil - 2013-05-29 5:04 PM

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Absolutely, flat down, no question.


Yep. Although there are lots of good looking ones already mentioned. I too don't understand why so many favor the '57 Plymouth cover. It's the most plain cover there was for FL cars...........and our cars certainly are not plain. I use the stock '58 Plymouth covers on my 58 Belvie, but my '61 Belvie has stock '61 Plymouth caps on the back, and '57 Dodge spinners on the front. I guess if you really like two different caps, you could run two alike on one side and two alike on the other. Can't see both sides of the car at the same time!
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Posted 2013-05-30 6:46 PM (#378054 - in reply to #377794)
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1961 Imperial wheel cover are pretty wild.





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Posted 2013-05-31 8:16 AM (#378128 - in reply to #377794)
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Posted 2013-05-31 1:13 PM (#378171 - in reply to #378040)
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I too don't understand why so many favor the '57 Plymouth cover. It's the most plain cover there was for FL cars...........and our cars certainly are not plain.


For my part, the 1957 cover is a classic design. Plain? Maybe, but very well done - also, it think it transfers well to any of the 14" forwardlook cars. In addition, they are inexpensive and readily available - that's a big bonus. The 1957 -1958 Dodge spinners are great, but expensive for a good set because of the pot-metal spinners. Then, you get the knight's head - great if you have a Lancer, but hard to pair up with all the lions on Roger's car.

There is a reason the 1957-1958 Dodge spinners were stolen so much: they are cool! However, when I see them on anything else, I always think - that fella stole those covers from a Dodge owner!
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Posted 2013-05-31 2:36 PM (#378177 - in reply to #377794)
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Those fake KH wire wheel covers from JC Whitney look hot. J/K. It depends on the car, no? The dog dish looks badass on a 2 door sedan.
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Posted 2013-05-31 2:53 PM (#378179 - in reply to #378171)
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 1957 cover is a classic design. Plain? Maybe, but very well done - also, it think it transfers well to any of the 14" forwardlook cars.

I agree, The 57 wheel covers are understated and very elegant. They will enhanse not only the FW cars but most any car with 14" wheels.
My dad bought a 1957 Plymouth custom suburban new...... I remember he had to replace the hubcaps at least three times in the time he owned it. And they wern't FALLING off.
I have a set that I will use on my 61 unless showing it.... Then back to the "flying saucer" wheel covers.

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Posted 2013-05-31 3:38 PM (#378184 - in reply to #378179)
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rockerarm - 2013-05-31 11:53 AM

 1957 cover is a classic design. Plain? Maybe, but very well done - also, it think it transfers well to any of the 14" forwardlook cars.

I agree, The 57 wheel covers are understated and very elegant. They will enhanse not only the FW cars but most any car with 14" wheels.
My dad bought a 1957 Plymouth custom suburban new...... I remember he had to replace the hubcaps at least three times in the time he owned it. And they wern't FALLING off.
I have a set that I will use on my 61 unless showing it.... Then back to the "flying saucer" wheel covers.



I agree also, Will.

I have sold quite a few sets to guys building vintage hot rods.

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Posted 2013-05-31 4:37 PM (#378190 - in reply to #377794)
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Lots of choices out there - this is going to be hard! Thanks for the opinions & pics folks!
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Posted 2013-05-31 6:00 PM (#378196 - in reply to #377794)
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The 57 Plymouth cones are the best in my opinion as many have mentioned. I hope I dont make any enemies, but I have never liked the dog dish hubcap.
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Posted 2013-05-31 8:51 PM (#378217 - in reply to #377794)
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Posted 2013-05-31 9:20 PM (#378220 - in reply to #377794)
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You have to travel outside the U.S. for the best forwardlook hubcaps....



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Posted 2013-06-01 12:15 AM (#378251 - in reply to #378196)
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The 57 Plymouth cones are the best in my opinion as many have mentioned.
I hope I dont make any enemies, but I have never liked the dog dish hubcap.


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Remember, the question was about BEST LOOKING. The dog dishies are purposely ugly,
and by association, cool for being so utilitarian and unattractive. It is exactly why I hunted
down a dog dish stripper, I wanted the opposite of bling and glam and good looking. And I
am openminded enough to acknowledge that they ARE ugly !
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Posted 2013-06-01 12:23 AM (#378254 - in reply to #378220)
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I agree... the top one in the above post is the greatest. I had a set of these.... THree were very rusty and one was pristine. I foolishly sold the one good one. I really regret it.

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Posted 2013-06-01 12:27 AM (#378255 - in reply to #378254)
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Rusty ? Aren't they stainless with potmetal centers ?
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Posted 2013-06-01 12:42 AM (#378260 - in reply to #378255)
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And, based upon the most popular, among the five-fingered-discount-delinquents, the 57 Dodge Spinners won "hands" down.

A distant second place went to the Oldsmobuick 'flipper' wheel covers.

Third place went to the 55-56 Dodge spinners.



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Posted 2013-06-01 8:05 AM (#378298 - in reply to #377794)
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57 Plymouths!!! Look great on anything!...
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Posted 2013-06-01 8:20 AM (#378305 - in reply to #378298)
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Maybe it's just my personal fetish of import, but mixing wheel covers to the wrong cars just
doesn't look right to me. My brother runs 60-61 DeSoto caps on his 61 Polara and I think they
look like crap. Actually, to be accurate, it reminds me of the dark days when these cars were
largely beaters and many ran whatever they could find on them because they couldn't find the
right ones or they did not care. I'd rank 61 Dodge spinners way up there on the "best of" list,
and they are made even better because you NEVER SEE THEM ! Yet he hangs those on the wall
and runs the DeSoto caps.

I don't get it, but it's his car. I can understand it more if your car's OEM wheelcovers are just
plain ugly, but for 61 Dodge, they are better looking than the car !!!!

I guess it's all fair in love and war. He groans over me running wires on my cars, so ....


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Posted 2013-06-01 10:21 AM (#378340 - in reply to #378179)
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rockerarm - 2013-05-31 2:53 PM

 1957 cover is a classic design. Plain? Maybe, but very well done - also, it think it transfers well to any of the 14" forwardlook cars.

I agree, The 57 wheel covers are understated and very elegant. They will enhanse not only the FW cars but most any car with 14" wheels.
My dad bought a 1957 Plymouth custom suburban new...... I remember he had to replace the hubcaps at least three times in the time he owned it. And they wern't FALLING off.
I have a set that I will use on my 61 unless showing it.... Then back to the "flying saucer" wheel covers.



"Flying Saucer" LOL, Your right they do look like something out of a 50's el cheapo science fiction flick dangling on a thin wire in the background. Gotta admit there are some good looking covers I never thought about, those 61 Imperial's look good, the spinners from the 65/66 Satellite (I believe) are nice also. I think my top two would have to be the 60 Dodge 4 bar flippers and the 61 Dodge 3 bar flippers, I seem to recollect the 57 Plymouth style was kinda copied by an aftermarket company and sold at stores like Western Auto, we had a name for them "pointed moons" I believe.

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Posted 2013-06-01 2:45 PM (#378395 - in reply to #377794)
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Posted 2013-06-01 8:25 PM (#378443 - in reply to #377794)
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These were on eBay. They had a price of $5,000.00 on them.



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Posted 2013-06-01 8:44 PM (#378444 - in reply to #378443)
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WOW! The D-300 spinners are very rare.
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d500neil
Posted 2013-06-01 8:48 PM (#378446 - in reply to #378444)
Subject: Re: best looking FL wheel covers...informal survey



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christine-lover
Posted 2013-06-01 9:08 PM (#378449 - in reply to #377794)
Subject: Re: best looking FL wheel covers...informal survey



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This was the ad from the auction:

"You're looking at a 1 of a kind prototype, or special order hubcap set, for the mid to late 50's Chrysler 300. Here's the story. I got these from a guy who said that his friends father had worked for a hubcap company in Michigan. Both father and son have passed, and the friend acquired these caps. That is all the information I have on these. The quality of these caps, tells me they were made in a factory, with all the equipment needed to do the job right. They were either made special for a client, or somebody in the plant. All caps and emblems are Chrysler parts, the spinner has a part # on it along with a symbol. These caps are used and have some sign of usage. But, they were definitely early takeoffs. I've never seen a crossbar molded with a hole in the center for a plastic center. The red metal brace was machine punched to fit this cap perfectly. The correct silver paint, as on the outside squares of the 1957 300, makes me believe that this was for a '57 C. The center was used in '55 and '56, and the cap and crossbars were used on the '57 Dodge. Also, the caps are 14 inch, and were 14's starting in '57. More pictures are available at request. These are simply the only ones in existence. I can only imagine what these looked like on the car they were made for. This is your chance to own a piece of automotive history that you just can't copy today. The original tape under the red brace proves its real age. The man that made these caps, should've been working for Chrysler. These caps are truly stunning. And I'm honored to have even held these personally. I'm offering them now to anybody who just has to have these. They would be an awesome conversation piece hanging on a wall in a showroom, or museum. These are someones creation, and are forms of art. It might still be possible to trace the origins of these caps."
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