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Map pocket

Discussion in 'Factory Original Alpines & Tigers' started by Limey, Aug 12, 2019.

  1. Limey

    Limey Gold Level Sponsor

    Hi, Does any one have the unobtainium map pocket Rootes accessory ?

    Best regards

  2. ALC 68A

    ALC 68A Donation Time

    Did it ever really exist?
  3. Limey

    Limey Gold Level Sponsor

    Here's photo of the map pocket complete with old maps from a totally unrestored early series at the 2012 National. Those were the days when hubby drove, the wife navigated and they both argued:rolleyes: Check out the original floor mats
  4. bernd_st

    bernd_st Bronze Level Sponsor

    Lovely. Never seen that. That must have been in the old ages before dreaded Navis flooded the market ;)

    Any clues how it got fixed to the tunnel ? Screws ?
  5. Limey

    Limey Gold Level Sponsor

    Hi Bernd,
    I think so
    I'll need to have a closer look. I only re-found these shots today
  6. bernd_st

    bernd_st Bronze Level Sponsor

    Checked the early Series Rootes accessory flyer but a map pocket is not listed. Would assume this being offered by a 3rd party...
  7. alpine_64

    alpine_64 Donation Time

    That is an interesting option...never seen a photo ( real or brochure) of it before. I guess with Harringtons they had the optional pockets on the door cards but this is interesting.
  8. 65beam

    65beam Donation Time

    Back in the day AMCO made items like this as did MG Mitten and several other companies. Auto World in Scranton, Pa had a full line of items like this listed.. Every K Mart and other big box stores had similar items . Similar items are still available
  9. Limey

    Limey Gold Level Sponsor

    Thanks All
    I thought it was Rootes as it matched the original carpets
    Something rang a strong bell that made me think it was an accessory
    I’d better dig out my brochures this weekend
  10. bernd_st

    bernd_st Bronze Level Sponsor

    Just checked my original Rootes accessory parts bulletin from the early sixties as well but no such thing as "Map Pocket" listed...
  11. Limey

    Limey Gold Level Sponsor

    I think you are probably right. I’ll have a look just so that I can be sure I’m wrong
  12. bernd_st

    bernd_st Bronze Level Sponsor

    Don't wanna prove you wrong but that bulletin is really comprehensive and also covers other Rootes cars such as the Singers, Hillman Minxes and Humbers, etc.
    On the other hand there were always surprises with Rootes cars...
  13. Rootes 66

    Rootes 66 Donation Time

    It looks like MGB
  14. Limey

    Limey Gold Level Sponsor

    Hi Bernd,
    Being proved wrong is a step towards knowledge so I am happy to be corrected. Thanks for the info. I'm just worried that I'm imagining accessories that don't existo_O
  15. bernd_st

    bernd_st Bronze Level Sponsor

    We all still learn about the hidden secrets of our Rootes cars. That's the interesting part for me and I'm happy to join the community to exchange views accordingly. All the STD things have been discussed many times so now it's time to elaborate on the "specials". It's a pity that not more people "in the know" participate here ...

    P.S. I know that they are out there:rolleyes:
    Scotty likes this.
  16. ALC 68A

    ALC 68A Donation Time

    From the Parts List:

    2214858 ........ Map Pocket Kit - Lake Blue
    2207887 ........ Map Pocket Kit - Scarlet
    2207888 ........ Map Pocket Kit - Black

    All shown as "No Longer available" by my copy of the 5th issue of the list. The names correspond with those given to the colours of the Vynide seat trims on the Series I/II. From the parts numbers, it looks as if red and black were the original colours, with the Lake Blue introduced when that trim appeared on the Series II. Since there are no pockets listed with the later trim colour names, presumably the option was dropped at or before the introduction of the Series 3.

    I wonder whether the carpet covered pocket fixed to the gearbox tunnel in Oliver's earlier photo is an original part, or a previous owner's modification? It looks awkward there and would get in the way of a passenger's legs. A more usual location on 1960's cars, was on the lower passenger side foot well trim panel, often at a 45° slant to stop the contents falling out. I had a Triumph Vitesse (Sports 6 in the USA) with a pocket there.
  17. Limey

    Limey Gold Level Sponsor

    Thank you ALC 68A!!! I was starting to doubt myself. I just could not remember where I had seen them referenced

    When I photographed this car the owners had just bought it off the very old Guy who had owned it from new and in all likelihood these were probably fitted either when new or pretty soon after purchase like most period extras.

  18. ALC 68A

    ALC 68A Donation Time

    Oliver - Perhaps it is an original item then, but it still looks a bit "Heath Robinson" to me - especially that loose Furflex edging. I initially thought that as the pocket colours matched the seat trim colours, then the pockets would be vinyl covered, not carpet covered and that therefore this couldn't be an original one. However, further checking of the Parts List shows Rootes gave the same names to the carpet and vinyl trim colours on the I/II, so no proof either way.
  19. Limey

    Limey Gold Level Sponsor


    I remember that it flexed and was flocked inside so I would say it is made similarly to the glove box. As a low cost accessory it probably was a bit 'economy' in manufacture

  20. ALC 68A

    ALC 68A Donation Time

    Basically cardboard then! All we need is for someone to find it illustrated in a Series I/II accessory brochure.

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