Alloy 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:
Early wheel
Additional photos
Later wheel
Further research is in progress for the V8 Register.
Posted: September 2012
Early RV8 alloy wheel markings

Later RV8 alloy wheel markings

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