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13" Chrome slot wheels...

Discussion in '"Stock" Alpine' started by bernd_st, Dec 5, 2020.

  1. bernd_st

    bernd_st Bronze Level Sponsor

    When clearing one of my parts bins I stumbled over a set of these chromed steel slotted wheels. They came with one of my project cars from US. They are approx. 6" wide and feature lengthened wheel nut bores. I very briefly remember aftermarket catalogues from the 70's featuring such kind of "one size fits all" aftermarket upgrade wheel. Can anybody shed light on the origin and how they were called in their day ? IMG_20201205_211149.jpg
  2. 65sunbeam

    65sunbeam SAOCA Membership Director Platinum Level Sponsor

    Hi Bernd
    Unusual wheels being metal chromed ones. ET was a brand name for the alloy wheels that looked like yours and the slots for the lug nuts used inserts to be able to use on various bolt circles. They were called Uni-lug wheels and they used sleeved lugnuts. Eric
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  3. alpine_64

    alpine_64 Donation Time

    The ET as eric said were a popular 5 slot wheel.. Whats interesting here is the ET tended to be alloys with a more shouldered edge to the rim.. These appear almost like a steel wheel rim and also have a very deep dish... The slotted unilug was a popular way of 1 size fits all....but not really a great system.
  4. bernd_st

    bernd_st Bronze Level Sponsor

    Thanks Eric & Michael. Can indeed be an early ET design. Appearantly they are doing a lot of 5 slot designs still up to today. Uni- lug was also popular with them. No steel ones anymore. Interestingly my wheels came with centre caps featuring the late Sunbeam logo.
    As a side note and when googling their website I found that they are also doing the LAT 70 repros :


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