[ROVERNET - UK] Wheels

Vern Klukas vern at inkspotco.com
Tue Aug 1 14:31:32 BST 2006

>Thanks for the attachment as it may have solved the problem-We might be
>dealing in semantics here. The photo of the Magnum 500 wheel shows it to be
>exactly what is on my 69 TC unless I'm missing something. They appear to be
>pressed steel chrome plated wheels with a portion of the inner circle
>painted-and they appear to be what was referred to as Rostyle wheels in
>James Taylor's book "ROVER P6" 63 - 77. So, I'm suggesting that the Magnum
>500 and the Rostyles are one & the same-perhaps Rostyle was one of the
>manufacturers early on and the wheels got tagged with Rostyle as a name for
>the wheels. Your thoughts? And that reminds me of Coca-Cola. Was Coca-Cola
>the first to use "Cola" as part of their name or was Cola the generic name
>for a soft drink and then Pepsi-Cola used the Cola portion. So, was Cola
>stolen? Was Rostyle in a similar situation? Good fodder for sipping a
>Fritz Rauschenberg

Magnums and Rostyles are not the same wheel. They look very close to 
the same, but they are not.

Magnums are made in the US, have a slightly different construction 
and are only found on NADA cars prior to (roughly) mid 1967.

Rostyles are made in the UK and are found on all P6 from 1968 (or so)

The fact that they look almost identical is the root of the confusion.


>>  [Original Message]
>>  From: Glen Wilson <rovercar at comcast.net>
>>  To: <rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com>
>>  Date: 7/31/2006 11:37:54 PM
>>  Subject: Re: [ROVERNET - UK] Wheels
>>  http://clubs.hemmings.com/clubsites/rovercar/nadatc/nada.htm
>>  If you go to the above address, we have a brochure from the NADA TC
>>  which was the first TC offered in the USA. I believe this was from 1967.
>>  It shows two optional wheels: the Magstar and the Magnum 500. So, at
>>  this point in time, Rover specifically identified the wheels as Magnum
>>  500 wheels, not Rostyle. I don't think Rostyle wheels were ever
>>  available on a Rover in the USA. They were available on MG's and others.
>>  So, for the TC, there were the standard steel wheels with wheel covers
>>  and two optional wheels. The Magstars are rare, but they do turn up.
>>  There was a car for sale at a towing company in CA a few months ago that
>>  had Magstars. Just to add some confusion, I have been told that the NADA
>>  TC wheels and the Federal 3500S Magnum wheels are not interchangeable. I
>>  am guessing that the hubs were the same but that the V8 wheels were
>>  wider and possibly offset differently.  The V8 cars also had larger
>>  brakes.  I know you can't put the V8 wheels on the 4-cyl cars because
>>  the V8 cars had lower arms shaped to accomodate the wheels while the
>>  4-cyl cars have the original design.
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