Car Center caps
A center cap, or centercap is a decorative disk on an automobile wheel that covers a central portion of the wheel. Early center caps for automobiles were about three inches in diameter and primarily served the purpose of keeping dirt away from the spindle nut and wheel bearings of vehicles. Center caps are often found on new cars to hide the lug nuts, and/or the bearing. Center caps are a type of hubcap, the other primary type being wheel covers. Some modern center caps are retained to the wheel using spring clips, while others are retained by the wheel lugs or other threaded fasteners.
Early center caps were usually either very small, or very large. They started on cartwheels and wagons and slowly evolved into what we know them as today. Many of the centercaps from the 1950s to the 1970s were made of stainless steel.[The rest of the wheel was originally of wood or many fitted metal parts. Center caps are often found on the old and classic Volkswagen cars and vans In modern times, center caps are both metal and plastic, and are typically used with aluminum alloy or styled steel wheels. Some full wheel covers use removable center caps, typically those retained by lug nuts, with the center cap's purpose to hide the lug nuts that are holding down the hubcap.
Characteristics and design
Often a center cap will bear the logo or trademark of the maker of the automobile or the maker of the center cap. Early center caps were often chrome plated. Center caps were immortalized in the Art Deco styling of the spire of the Chrysler Building in midtown Manhattan.
Center caps that are found on trucks are "baby moon" center caps, that originated on Mack Trucks and are most popular and commonly found on Freightliner Trucks.