[ROVERNET - UK] Magstars and Magnum 500's
smanwell at sprintmail.com
Thu Apr 20 13:08:06 BST 2006
The 2000TC on the cover of this brochure is wearing Magnum 500's (the
later Rostyles look similar, but have a different offset and a more
or http://beerinc.com/rstca/models.html then click on "NADA 2000 TC"
The same brochure features both Magstars and Magnum 500's in the inside
page. Interestingly, the Magstar photo shows a chrome rim, though
ultimately Rover only offered the black painted rim on Magstars.
The trim rings you refer to were not a Rover accessory, but I imagine
they would dress up the black rim nicely.
Ted Holman wrote:
> Good morning
> Where can a person see an image of the chrome Magnum500 wheel you
> referred to?
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "S Manwell" <smanwell at sprintmail.com>
> To: <rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com>
> Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2006 4:17 AM
> Subject: Re: [ROVERNET - UK] Rover P6 wheels on EBAY
>> These are Magstar wheels. They were accessories for North American
>> market P6 Rovers in roughly 1966 through 1968. They were made for
>> Rover North America by Kelsey Hayes before Rostyle wheels were
>> available from the UK. Kelsey Hayes has been making wheels for many
>> different auto manufacturers since at least the 1920's. The other
>> well known application for Magstars was the Shelby-modified Ford
>> Mustangs (different rim size and bolt pattern though).
>> Magstar wheel center caps are available from Shelby Mustang sources,
>> but for some reason they have a cobra head where the viking ship
>> should be.
>> To answer the bolt pattern question that always comes up next, the
>> Rover Magstars have the same bolt pattern and stud size as the
>> standard P6 wheel, but they require unique lug nuts. The chrome
>> Magnum500 wheel, on the other hand, requires a different hub with
>> different bolt circle and different size lug nuts. The Magnum 500
>> was offered at the same time as an option for NADA Rover 2000's and
>> also made by Kelsey Hayes for Rover. The similar-looking chrome
>> Rostyle wheel replaced this wheel as an option sometime in 1968 and,
>> thankfully, it fits the standard P6 hub.
>> Taking a further step into the obscure, the Magnum500 was also an
>> option on many other American cars from each of the major makes
>> including GM. I speculate that GM would not allow Kelsey Hayes to
>> supply Magnum 500's to Rover with the P6 bolt circle, because many
>> (most?, all?) GM cars used the same pattern. I don't believe any GM
>> cars used the Magstar wheel, so that may explain why it does use the
>> P6 bolt pattern.
>> Steve Manwell
>> RoverP6 at gmx.de wrote:
>>> # 4632995769
>>> "Kelsey Hayes" wheels?
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