Chromeffektlack wheels

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Chromeffektlack wheels

#1 Post by ignacio vivancos » Wed May 02, 2018 10:15 pm

So my 56 T1 Reutter certificate says that for the wheels. I understand of course the chrome effect paint translation, but what does it mean? Car still has the original sudrads, marked 8/56 with traces of aquamarine blue, the original car color.....
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Re: Chromeffektlack???

#2 Post by Martin Benade » Thu May 03, 2018 8:01 am

That is probably the blue undercoat that the wheels came with, looks similar to the aquamarine body color. It can show through the silver if the paint is worn.

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Re: Chromeffektlack???

#3 Post by Vic Skirmants » Thu May 03, 2018 8:04 am

Our original early 1957 aquamarine blue coupe had body-color wheels. Definitely paint, not just primer.

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Re: Chromeffektlack???

#4 Post by Edwin Ek » Tue May 08, 2018 7:51 pm

Probably an elaborate way of saying chromed wheels. Since they appear to have always been painted, check the Porsche kardex and CoA to see what they say.
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Re: Chromeffektlack???

#5 Post by ignacio vivancos » Tue May 08, 2018 8:45 pm

hi Edwin,
no mention of chrome rims in Coa or Kardex....that’s why I’m puzzled. I believe chrome wheels would have been written as Chromfelgen anyway....
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Re: Chromeffektlack???

#6 Post by Edwin Ek » Tue May 08, 2018 9:18 pm

Ignacio, perhaps the employees at Reutter, still a separate company in 1956, used slightly different wording in describing the wheels.

But I agree, there being no mention on the Kardex weakens that theory.
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Re: Chromeffektlack???

#7 Post by Martin Benade » Tue May 08, 2018 11:27 pm

Does it look like the blue was under the silver? Chrome effect make it sound like the wheels were not body color, and others have seen blue primer on wheels.

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Re: Chromeffektlack???

#8 Post by ignacio vivancos » Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:18 pm

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I might answer my own question. Looking at this factory pic from 56 I can see some cars with
Body colored wheels and others with kind of silver paint. There are even two aquamarine blue metallic with different wheel color, one of them could even be my car....
further investigation shows that my own wheels were painted aquamarine blue and on top of that silver so they added the “chromeffekt” after that, kind of confirming that 56 have body color wheels and were modified on request. Interestingly enough this is not included on the Kardex/coa.
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Re: Chromeffektlack???

#9 Post by James Davies » Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:06 pm

Good sleuthing!

And great photo. Looks like all the cars here have body-colored wheels except for the red Speedster, the foreground Aquamarine coupe and the Lago green coupe.

This makes a lot of sense on the production line. Always paint the wheels with the car. Do cars of the same color in batches. And if one of them gets silver wheels, do a 2nd coat of paint over the top of the original coat of paint.

This same method was used during the pre-A period for dashboards on coupes, as often a batch of several Ivory-colored cars would get different interiors, so different dash colors.

From the pre-A period up through 1957, body-colored wheels were standard on coupes and cabs, so it makes sense that the silver wheels are marked out as being a special option.

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Re: Chromeffektlack???

#10 Post by James Davies » Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:33 pm

Btw, here's the companion photo showing all the early 1956 cars with body-colored wheels.

Also notice the cars destined for Hoffman that do not have headlights.
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