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Interesting period +2 alloy.

PostPost by: M.J.S » Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:40 pm

Apologies if this photo has been posted before, have just come across it when searching for +2 images.

It appears to be a US advertising or launch brochure and shows a +2 with a good looking set of period alloys I've never seen on a +2 before, although they do remind me of something else of the period; can't think what. :?

I assumed they're aftermarket wheels, but that seems strange on a brochure? Were the US spec cars issued with a different alloy wheel option to the UK?
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Mon Aug 15, 2016 3:11 pm

Are those Cosmic alloys?
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PostPost by: pharriso » Mon Aug 15, 2016 3:27 pm

M.J.S wrote:I assumed they're aftermarket wheels, but that seems strange on a brochure? Were the US spec cars issued with a different alloy wheel option to the UK?


I have not seen a Federal car with the alloy wheels used on the 130/4 or 130/5 in the rest of the world. I wonder why they were not sold with them?
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PostPost by: CBUEB1771 » Mon Aug 15, 2016 3:52 pm

Very interesting photo, I have not seen this before. I guess it might be a US federal market +2 given the eight-sided "Nader" wheel nuts. The model is obscuring much of what I would like to see on the fascia. The side marker lamp on the rear flank is in a very low position compared that on other federal +2s, perhaps an early one?
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Mon Aug 15, 2016 4:14 pm

Mazzini wrote:Are those Cosmic alloys?


they look like J.A.P. Magna to me (I have a set somewhere in 5.5" iirc)

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PostPost by: CBUEB1771 » Mon Aug 15, 2016 4:44 pm

nmauduit wrote:[they look like J.A.P. Magna to me (I have a set somewhere in 5.5" iirc)


There have been a few threads including the JAP Magna wheels:
elan-mods-f31/wheels-t26688-15.html
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PostPost by: elj221c » Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:28 am

I have two sets, the silver ones (which were originally as in the OP's picture, black and bright alloy) were on my S2 as purchased.

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PostPost by: M.J.S » Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:06 am

Well, that's them to be sure. If the photo does originate from a sales promo (judging from the lack of licence plate) it does seem very odd to have a car displayed with a set of aftermarket alloys, attractive though they are. :?
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