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Question on wheel spinners.

PostPost by: ChrisH » Tue Nov 07, 2023 10:25 am

Please excuse my first post being a question, but this has me baffled. I have a set of wheel spinners which were purchased many years ago by a friend. (For an S4) He assures me they are the genuine items. He bought them from Kimbles, Highfield Road, Birmingham, in the late Eighties. (Still in the box) They were bought for a project that never got off the ground, and so were never used.
I noticed one has the ‘undo’ arrow directly under one ear, whilst the other three have it between two ears, as per the pic.Also the letter stamping seems inconsistent, being deeper on some than others.
I have tested them with a magnet, they have almost zero magnetic attraction, which I’m guessing ( but maybe totally wrong) they are bronze or some such material?
My question then is, are they the genuine item? My gut feeling is yes, knowing their history, but could a forum expert confirm or deny this please?
Many thanks, Chris.
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PostPost by: Graham B » Tue Nov 07, 2023 4:20 pm

Hi Chris,
Mine are between the ears on all 4 spinners. I have had the car since the mid 80's, so believe mine are original.
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PostPost by: types26/36 » Tue Nov 07, 2023 5:06 pm

Welcome Chris, that is an interesting question and dont recall it ever been covered prevously. Mine all have the script between the ears and I believe they are original but don’t know for sure.
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PostPost by: elans3 » Tue Nov 07, 2023 7:00 pm

I believe they are chrome on brass, hence no magnetic capablity...
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PostPost by: JonB » Tue Nov 07, 2023 8:13 pm

They look fine, just use and enjoy.

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PostPost by: ChrisH » Tue Nov 07, 2023 8:33 pm

Thanks for the info gents. Don’t have a car to put them on as yet, just weighing up a few options at the moment.
I’ll carry on soaking up info for now.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Wed Nov 08, 2023 8:03 pm

Hi Chris,
Don't soak up info too long, "tide and time waits for no man".
Get out there and forfill your dream a Lotus.
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PostPost by: ChrisH » Wed Nov 08, 2023 8:18 pm

alan.barker wrote:Hi Chris,
Don't soak up info too long, "tide and time waits for no man".
Get out there and forfill your dream a Lotus.
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Never a truer word spoken Alan!
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