Sunday 24 August 2014

Hiro V-1..

Here's something I picked up in recent months, after wanting a set for quite some time. Had been holding out for a good set (complete/condition/sizes), and unfortunately couldn't afford two NOS sets that went through Yahoo in that time.. :(
These are in great original shape overall though, and look as though they were pulled off a car and sat since the 80's..!

SSR Hiro Engineering Hiro V-1.
15x6.5, A (+8)
15x7, A (+1)
Early standard-reverse V-1's, with the old polished caps and single-colour faces..

These were made by SSR for Hiro Engineering, in the same way that wheels were done for Takechi Project or Hasemi. This makes them a little different to something like the Formula mesh, EX-C's, Bang Vec, etc; as those were sold as SSR's; but there was no hiding the fact these are SSR's through and through..

I just absolutely love these. Ridiculous design, properly directional, bright centre-cap plates, electron lock caps, and so on..

Nice and tidy for their age.

Plates, caps, and collars.
The caps are the same as the ones used on the regular EX-C Mesh/Fin, and in this case the 'tall' style. They're then the early version of that too, with Polished alloy instead of chrome-plating, and a black locking mechanism.
These use the early cap mounting style of having the collar screw down onto the plate, which means the collars and plates need to be removed to remove the wheel. Possibly would make things a little more frustrating when cleaning, but is no doubt a theft deterrent on top of the lock itself.

Hiro V-1 vs. the Hiro V1-R plate.
One of my favourite details of the wheel; with the bright colours, and friendly, almost comic-like fonts.
Interesting seeing the addition of the '-R' means a bit of the text ('By Hiro Engineering') had to be dropped. The V1-R plates also weren't directional like the ones used on the V-1's; which is a bit of a shame. Its such a subtle detail, but a really nice touch...

Period advertising. Seriously rad..

..and a couple brochure-scans and a pricelist, courtesy of ZeroPromises Blog, here.

My favourite era of wheels, my favourite manufacturer in that era, and one of my absolute favourite of their designs.
A little wear and tear for their age; but great colourway and sizes are just icing on the cake. I'm seriously stoked to have these..

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