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Author Topic: Is this a repro Carroll Shelby Motors licence plate frame?  (Read 1512 times)
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« on: May 02, 2014, 12:53:05 PM »

This was on my car when I bought it in 1981.  Is this a repro?



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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2014, 07:34:56 PM »

That's real.. The blue is really faded though.

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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2014, 11:35:49 PM »

I would also bet original, though it might be a later version.  These frames can also be found with the markings
"THE BOWER CO".  Your frame has the raised rectangular area identical to the image  of the below frame with the markings just mentions next to yours for comparison.

Best of luck

Cory



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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2014, 07:34:38 AM »

That is awesome if it is an original.

Now, what would YOU do to it?  Restore it or just leave it alone?  I would like to put it on my car when the resto is done, but not in the state it is in...

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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2014, 08:05:11 AM »

That would go sweet on my car which shows it's age well.

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« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2014, 11:45:40 AM »

Maybe try some steel wool on the backside to see what happens. If it brightens up the chrome I might consider shinning it up on the front side. But I don't think I would mess with the blue area. It's only original once. I think if you tried to repaint it, it would look messed with. But that's just me-

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« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2014, 03:42:41 PM »

Before I attempted to have one of these frames restored, I'd want to see the work of the restorer on a similar frame and see if the results are favorable.   Otherwise I'd leave "as is" and put a re-pop on the car.  I'd be concern that the frame would be ruined during the restoration and then you end up with garbage.  Leaving "as is" you know what you got.

Cory

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« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2014, 04:04:42 PM »

Before I attempted to have one of these frames restored, I'd want to see the work of the restorer on a similar frame and see if the results are favorable.   Otherwise I'd leave "as is" and put a re-pop on the car.  I'd be concern that the frame would be ruined during the restoration and then you end up with garbage.  Leaving "as is" you know what you got.

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« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2014, 04:06:39 PM »

Maybe this would be a way to restore a non-stressed piece without ruining it;

Even Jay Leno is impressed...FWIW  Roll Eyes


     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-1cTpSZ1l8

     

     

     

     

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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2014, 05:01:55 PM »

If it doesn't say "the bower co" on the back of it it is a very early repop which was sold in speed shops in the early 70s. They are still very rare but not original. I just sold a single for 150 which is clearly high for a repop but is about 1/10 of the real frames value.

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