Avon Safety Wheels

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Avon Safety Wheels

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I've found a set of these in my garage and wondered if anyone knew any more info about when they were made to help me sell them? I am presuming they are 70s?

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they would look better on your racer than those s rims
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Are they 10's or 12's?

I swear I have seen some 12's before and if they are I would be interested.

I believe they are from the 70's and were made to have run flat tyres on if my dad's tales are correct/I havent gotten confused
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Not realy a 'run on flat' like the Denovo, but a step towards safe radial tyres. From Wikipedia:

"The Avon Safety Wheel was a new type of wheel for cars, invented by the Avon Tyre Company of Britain in the early 1970s. With the advent of radial tyres, taking over from the older crossply type, it was found that in the event of a puncture or blowout, the tyre would be much more prone to detach from the rim, which would make a bad situation somewhat worse.
The Avon Safety Wheel avoids the detachment of a deflated tyre by having a much shallower central recess within the interior of the wheel. The recess is so shallow that the tyre is prevented from twisting to an angle that would allow it to slip over the edge of the rim, so it is retained. Such a shallow recess would also prevent the fitment of new tyres, if it weren't for the inclusion of a deep channel, allowing the bead of the tyre to enter the channel to permit fitting. The channel is covered by a metal band that is tightened around the wheel after the tyre is fitted but before it is inflated.
The fitting procedure is relatively troublesome and not popular with tyre fitters. This may be one reason that this design of wheel has not been widely adopted, meaning that modern cars are still prone to tyre detachment, though tyre safety itself has improved dramatically in the last 30 years. The Avon Safety Wheel was first used on the 1974 Vauxhall Firenza, and also later on the HS Chevette."

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chris-pilling wrote:they would look better on your racer than those s rims
I don't think they would mate, they are the wrong era for the look I am going for
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Hi all,

i got hold of a nice condition set of Avon wheels, dated 74 made in belgium.
Anyone knows if they can be used without the metal band ? i feel it will just add troubles for the tyre shop.

And anyone use them with S brakes and no flares ? they have ~ET15 according to my measurements... they will probably stick out a bit.

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I have a set on my wife's clubby estate with S brakes and no arches, they only stick out by about 1/4" and, provided we fit tyres with a rounded shoulder, they are spot on and don't throw dirt over the front wings.

Tom, when you know what you want for them, drop me a pm as I'm interested in another set.

PS you can run them without the bands in if your tyre fitters are lazy, I fit my own so I keep the bands in.
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I have a set on my wife's clubby estate with S brakes and no arches, they only stick out by about 1/4" and, provided we fit tyres with a rounded shoulder, they are spot on and don't throw dirt over the front wings.

Thanks, appreciate your inputs!
Any chance of posting up a pic ? or send by PM please.

Thanks a lot
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One more query reg. these wheels ,
anyone knows the best suitable nuts for them ?
maybe the later rover cooper AJM1139 nuts ?

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Sorry to bring this thread back up!.
Did we ever find out the type of wheel nuts used on these wheels or where to get them from?
TIA
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