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Customs Does anyone recognize these sombrero hubcaps

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Chris, Nov 22, 2015.

  1. I picked up two pairs of 16" aftermarket sombrero hubcaps. These clip on around the outside of the cap, not like the original Cads. So they will go on any wheel. They are chrome. Two are very deep and two not so deep. I'm probably going to sell one pair but would like to learn more about them. I see no stamps or markings...does anyone recognize these caps?

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  2. I say just as you said... aftermarket. as to 16"... all I know is that my 41 cad stock wheels take 15" tires and the stock hub cap is totally different. does not grip at the edge.
  3. I agree...Aftermarket.That's not a genuine Cadillac emblem
  4. I bet the narrow ones are for behind fender skirts

  5. I know these are aftermarket. What I'm wondering is does anyone know who made them, and what vintage they were made?
  6. I seen those there! pretty cool
  7. Phillips
    Joined: Oct 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,292


    Any markings on the back? Common aftermarket manufacturers were Lyon, Hollywood and Cal-Nevar.
  8. Leadsled51
    Joined: Dec 21, 2001
    Posts: 333


    Those remind me of the ones you would see in the old late 50s early 60s J.C. Whitney catalogs....maybe if someone on here could look through an old catalog for you...
  9. @Phillips no markings on them that I can find
  10. Phillips
    Joined: Oct 26, 2010
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  11. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,302

    Atwater Mike

    Urzi's Auto Supply in San Jose, CA. was a custom shop outlet for Grand Auto Supply, They had those, my bud Bill Segal worked there, was very knowledgeable.
    Bill said the deep ones cleared early Ford rear axles, were more expensive than the shallow ones, most guys bought 2 deeps (rear) and 2 shallows, (front)
    Most cars running Sombreros were low, skirted Fords & Mercs, so I'm wondering about skirt clearance also. (but I think '49 on up Fords & Mercs had more room than skirted '42-'48s)

    I started going to Urzi's in '54, so that era was closing fast...Rakes were coming in, and these Sombreros, Foxcraft skirts, spotlights, and pickup stacks were all on the 'closeout' table, I recall it being on sale for a year or so...
    Research an old Eastern Auto catalog, seems like they were part of that line. (Eastern Auto was located in Los Angeles! Go figure...)
  12. @Phillips Yes, I think you are correct, thanks for that!

    @Atwater Mike thanks Mike, that's the sort of info I was looking for! I'll see if I can locate on of those catalogs.
  13. rusty truck
    Joined: Dec 17, 2008
    Posts: 214

    rusty truck
    from rochester

    Calnevar v161. Could be ordered with other emblems as well. Check out Rik hovings website. he has scans of the catalog pages if I remember correctly.
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2015
  14. image.jpg Chris just finished with the refurbishment of the Sombreos - had the dents metal worked and chromed, then fit Caddy emblems.
    Once spring comes they will go onto my 41 Ford
  15. Phillips
    Joined: Oct 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,292


  16. I'm in the market for 2
  17. hdman6465
    Joined: Jul 5, 2009
    Posts: 651


    Those look strangely familiar. 2015-08-26 17.22.35.jpg

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