Friday, 13 September 2013

New in the ITALIAN MOTOR store: repro vintage Italian road tax discs and holders

More excellent stuff to spend your hard earned cash on. If you're as obsessed as we are about the details of Italian motorcycles, especially unrestored ones, you'll love these repro vintage road tax discs and holders that we've sourced from Italy. Any year (within limits) and a choice of colours, we age them to make them look as authentic as your Italian bike. The artwork for the tax discs is, apart from a couple of small details, faithful to the original artwork. Printed on heavyweight 167gm paper, the disc is then trimmed to its 65cm diameter. Every year has its own colour or design, and you'll receive the relevant one for the year. These are for exhibition purposes only!

The tax disc holders are brand new reproductions of what were commonly used in Italy in the '50s and '60s, and feature a removable clear plastic cover and on the rear, a fantastic embossed St Christopher emblem to keep you safe as you ride. Made in durable plastic, the holder measures 66mm in diameter and 90mm at its widest point to include the mounting tab. The mounting hole is for an M6 bolt but there's plenty of material to file out for an M8 bolt. Can't guarantee that they're water proof.

£14.99 + Airmail or 1st Class UK postage shipped to wherever you are in the world, choice of colours, state what year tax disc you want and for what category of motorcycle.

For a more detailed description and lots more details and to buy online, visit the ITALIAN MOTOR store here: repro vintage Italian tax discs


Carl said...

They really used these things? I had thought tax disks were a UK thing...
Never noticed them in any old pics!

ITALIAN MOTOR magazine said...

Well Carl, let's put it this way, the Italians were supposed to pay their road tax, but of course, many chose not to. The reason why there was a surplus of old motorcycles in Italy in sheds and basements up until about 20 years ago, is that many owners, having elected to not pay the road tax, found that their bike was forcibly cancelled from the Italian registration system. In the 1980s in particular, the rate of road tax was so high especially for larger machines that the bikes were worth less than the tax. Anyway, whether it was law or not to display the road tax or not, I'm not sure, but I have found/bought plenty of bikes in in Italy in the past that wore them. The originals are now fragile and expensive.

Carl said...

Well, they look awesome! I'll have to get some for my bikes. I wonder if I can fade them a bit by leaving them out in the San Diego sun. That way they might match the patina. ;-)
Expect my order this week.

ITALIAN MOTOR magazine said...

I do age them already, the original ones I found were never really faded, more that the paper had browned. I've got auto ones too.