HUBCAP # w14chev1981_3 This photo shows a 1981/7 Berlinetta wire hubcap of 14 inch size.
With several different removable center inserts, a basic 14 inch Chevy wire hubcap is made for Camaro Berlinetta, Malibu, Monte Carlo and Sprint models from about 1981 thru 1988. This specific hubcap, with a “Berlinetta” insert as shown, is a 1981/7 Berlinetta wire hubcap. This supply is our hubcap # w14chev1981_3.
The above gallery of images show the many details of this stainless steel design. One design detail includes a standard crossing wire geometry. The top emblem holder has a circular shape on the top surface. This emblem holder has a removable insert with “Berlinetta” written symbol in this design.
[ The only emblem insert variation we have supply for, with a Monte Carlo “mask” symbol, is alternate design hubcap # w14chev1981_5 .]
For this 1981/7 Berlinetta wire hubcap, the weight is about 6 pounds each. The wheel attachment method does vary in our supply (carbon steel system or stainless steel clip system) with most of our inventory presently the stainless steel system. The back design has no back plate.
Our supply quantity, of this 14 inch Chevy wire hubcap, is a bit limited. However the quality of this supply is great.
The original design of hubcap # w14chev1981_3 had a lock ability; but not necessarily a lock hardware supply originally.
[ We typically do not have locking hardware for hubcaps. However, for this design, locking hardware is available at this time. This hardware is sold, as long as our inventory exists, but only as an extra option…… see hubcap # L14chev1981_6 for this supply.]
So, this wire wheel hubcap, a 14 inch Chevy wire hubcap, does not include locking hardware in the scope. See and order hubcap # L14chev1981_6 for locking hardware if you desire it. Read the discussion below, before ordering the locking hardware.
BELOW IS A DISCUSSION ON LOCK SYSTEM, if interested
So this original design had a lock ability to minimize theft. But a lock hardware supply was not necessarily actually with the hubcaps. So, this wire wheel hubcap supply, for you, does not include locking hardware in the hubcap alone scope. Nor do we typically have such locking hardware. But for this specific type hubcap design, [specifically the 14 inch Chevy wire hubcap as a 14 inch Chevy wire hubcap] we do have such locking hardware….see NOTE below for more discussion on use of such hardware.
LOCKING HARDWARE NOTE ON USAGE Many owners find the locking hardware inconvenient. First one typically installs a three prong carbon steel hardware (bracket) to the wheel under the wheel lug nuts. Second, the hubcap is installed as normally done [but don’t install the center insert yet]. Third, insert the locking bolt thru the insert area and screw into the locking bracket [which has a fixed nut in its design]. Last, attach the insert to complete the task. Do the reverse to remove the hubcap. However, remember, this locking bolt (typically) requires a special wrench [not supplied] to tighten and loosen it. [Theft becomes more unlikely.] The challenge hence being access to such a special wrench and also keeping track of loose inserts and locking bolts during such efforts of simply changing a flat tire.
If you find any of the above discussion a bit confusing, a great general article is under Hubcap Data. And, more specific discussions, in this article, include the following topics.
1 History and definition article on the word “Hubcap” . The article covers an interesting discussion of how hubcaps started out as an all metal construction. Then, later, construction slowly transitioned to a partial metal and plastic designs. And, eventually with time, a basically all plastic construction appeared.
2 Hubcap Identification Systems . This article covers the classic Hollander Numbering system. And the newer Hubcap Hilton Numbering system is also covered. [ That is the hubcap # w14chev1981_3 in the above product. ] Hollander has many useful catalogs on cars … visit them at https://hollanderinterchange.net/catalog/ .
3 Hubcap Features . This article covers several full size hubcap designs and wire wheel designs. Also covered are various detail attachment (hubcap to wheel) designs, trim rings, and locking hardware. [Hence, the above product (14 inch Chevy wire hubcap and specifically 1981/7 Berlinetta wire hubcap) falls into a “wire wheel design” discussion and also a “locking hardware” discussion.]