I have been trying to find a set of matching hub caps with just the right amount of wear for my '23. I've noticed that in the later ones there are a variety of materials used. Also there are small markings on the very bottom under where they're stamped "Made in USA." These include letters and stars. Were these manufacturer marks? If so, how many different ones are out there?
I've been collecting hubcaps for years. There are many different companies that made them, and my guess is at least a half dozen. I have a full set of NOS nickel plated hub caps on my '25. I doubt if anyone is going to stoop low enough to check!
If you really want a challenge, try collecting hubcaps for a 1913!
See Bruce's online encyclopedia at: http://www.mtfca.com/encyclo/hubcaps.htm which has the major differences noted.
He also has a note about the 1917 "Rip Van Winkle" Ford that had never been restored, had less than 40 miles when the photos were taken. He says:
The 1917 "Rip Van Winkle" Ford had caps with the high "F" on one side and the "1921-style" caps on the other, and this was an original, unrestored, car.
Note also that Ford of Canada and Ford of England produced their hub caps with markings. And of course there have been years of after market hub caps being produced.
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Yeah ... I did look at Bruce's section on hub caps. It's good for the major differences, but didn't go into all the variant markings on the later caps that I was asking about.
Another variation on hubcaps is the height of the octagon. Some are higher than others. They seem to have standardized the hubcaps in later years, but the '13s are all over the place!