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In present times, the hubcap, or wheel cover, serves a mainly decorative purpose but in the beginnings of the automobile, they served a very necessary function. Find out what here...

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  • JakeLonergan

    JakeLonergan 5 years, 10 months ago

    I won't ding the guy for it because the story sounds pretty accurate but...Chevy Mazda? Ford owned something like 29% of Mazda in the 70's (number subject to memory lapse but the "Ford" part is not).

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  • Gentleman

    Gentleman 5 years, 10 months ago

    Hello Jake. Thanks for the comment. The Wikipedia article on hubcaps mentions that under history...

    "By this time, specialty wheels of magnesium or aluminum alloy had come onto the market, and wheel covers were a cheap means of imitating the styling of those. Plastic wheel covers (known in the UK as wheel trims) appeared in the 1970s and became mainstream in the 1980s. The first domestic automobile to use a full plastic wheel cover was the Chevy Mazda."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubcaps

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