wheels on an RV8|
Does anyone know what company designed and/or
built the RV8's wheels and did the part number change during the production run?
These questions were raised in a thread on the V8 Bulletin Board in September
2012 and the research for the V8 Register by David Knowles, Hugh Boddington and
Simon Austin provided answers.
Was there a part number change during
the production run?
On examining the RV8 parts list Victor Smith found
it was clear there was a part number change at VIN 0450 - up to and including
VIN 0449 it was ZKC 5700 and from 0450 it was ZKC 6749 with several associated
part number changes too.
Who made the distinctive RV8 alloy wheels?
When David Knowles checked back into his notes he found he had been in touch with
Speedline (the name his Rover contacts remembered) in November 2011 and he recalled
"they had checked with their HQ in Italy but they could not recall doing
the job! Still that was the name that the Rover guys had remembered and it was
twenty years ago." David also recalled from his discussion with Speedline
that they "had suggested that it would be useful to have a photo of the back
of an original RV8 wheel - in particular of any maker's marks (a kind of hallmark!)
as this could help them check the back story with their HQ." So two fellow
members - Hugh Boddington with Nightfire Red 0380 and Simon Austin with Woodcote
Green 0590 - offered to take a set of photos of the various markings on their
wheels, including the maker's mark.
The first set of photos of markings
on an early wheel from Hugh soon revealed the mark was in fact "AWI"
which from further research was Alloy Wheels International and then the second
set from a late car also had the "AWI" mark. You can see copies of each
set of photos by following the links below:
research is in progress for the V8 Register.
alloy wheel markings
Later RV8 alloy wheel
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