SRD13 June 2012 at 08:40 #49330
Have just given my car its first good clean, and the Aegean Blue paint work is looking pretty good overall, a pleasant surprise, given the inital dreadful state of the car.
On the back of the boot at rhs, there are 4 small holes with rubber grommets still attached. Looks like there was a chrome GB plate, inside a circle ?
My build sheet indicates this is correct and one was fitted originally.
Has anyone got a good picture of how it should look, especially the GB letters.
I have looked on eBay etc, and they don’t look correct.Christian13 June 2012 at 13:36 #49332
This is what my badge looked like, it has four fixings too but on the other side from yours. I have partially rested it now but one of the letters needs rechroming where I bent it :'( . I did have a good look around for authentic GB letters but moden ones look pretty rubbish and originals are difficult to come by for this period. I will post a close up photo later with some dims…SRD13 June 2012 at 18:57 #49333
This is the best I have found, after sifting through piles of rubbish..
Still not that impressed with these either!
This is the closest, but does not appear to be for sale:
Another possibilty, but none of them with the oval surround:
I believe these were made by a company called Ace based in the Midlands, who also made wheel trims as well amongst other items.SRD14 June 2012 at 15:03 #49337
Christian good work,
I missed a good auction for 4 unused wheel trims:
See this pictures, like new and sold for 46 pounds with partial original Ace box, I will be more careful in future..
They were manufactured by Cornercraft of Coventry who also manufactured other forms of wheel embellishers as well.
Mine are good, but need a fair bit of elbow grease to get the shine back on them, will have to pass them to one of my two assistants for polishing..
Ideally, I would like to find four replacement chrome hub covers, mine all require re-chroming, any suggestions for these.
But the GB plate with simple oval surround, is a hard one to find, and will keep looking, I don’t want a full oval plate, just plain and simple as yours is.
I note that they were an optional extra on MGA’s, MG Y type, Wolsey, etc etc
Looks like a 1950’s advert, and this was a fair bit of money of money to spend on this extra…Christian14 June 2012 at 16:01 #49339
I have actually ordered the embossed GB which I have a link to in my last reply. The size and style is perfect even though it is embossed so for ?10 I thought I would see what it was like.
I have new wheel trims which I (as well as a few others) bought from here however they will only make them in batches of 12…I think. There should be a thread on this topic somewhere.SRD14 June 2012 at 17:09 #49340
I am actually now only after the chromed hub caps, my trims are being clean by my two assistants on the kitchen table as I write. I have replied to this on the right topic thread.
I thought you had a GB plate already, or was it not useable ??Christian14 June 2012 at 17:52 #49341
Assistants or slaves? My GB will be fine once I’ve rechromed the letters but I was intrigued by it being the right letter style, oval shape and only ?10. It’ll look good on the workshop wall…SRD14 June 2012 at 18:13 #49342
We don’t have slaves here, only two willing assistants, paid of course with the right sort of money – chocolate!
I will wait for the right GB plate to come along, a shame that they don’t make it without the oval plate. Saw this one and it really captures the style of the 1950’s and 60’s.David15 June 2012 at 07:39 #49343
Saw a nice pair of chrome GB letters yesterday, separate with no oval surround, on a Rover 110
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