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TonyRomeo 01-29-2019 01:37 PM

Significance of "EA" in Alfa history
 
Todd Spruell is selling some very cool wheel center caps stamped with a uniquely stylized Alfa cross and serpent and "EA" at the center of the cross. It seems to me I've read about EA before but I can't locate any info now. I gather it was a racing entity, but does anyone have insights on the history here?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Alfa-Romeo-...b/112865412675

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/7k4AA...Rk/s-l1600.jpg

iicarJohn 03-08-2019 12:59 PM

My best guess is Ed Astri (Edward Astri Industries)?

TonyRomeo 03-08-2019 11:04 PM

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Originally Posted by iicarJohn (Post 8385400)
My best guess is Ed Astri (Edward Astri Industries)?

Thanks! I'll look into it.

tubut 03-09-2019 11:26 AM

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John's notion may be correct.

I found very little information about the person and/or the company. It appears Ed Astri raced a Giulietta Spider Veloce in the early 1960s (see here). This indicates he was familiar with the marque.

Throughout his 1965 catalog (I have a copy), he used the company logo shown on the title page below. The catalog contains two separate sections on Borrani and "Astri Minilite" wheels. The Minilite wheels used a different logo than the one shown on most catalog pages, a stylized "AM" as shown in the picture of a wheel further below.

So, I think it's conceivable that Ed Astri made private label wheels for Alfas. The style of the badge shown gives me the impression that it might be late 1970s to mid-1980s. Hopefully, somebody has or can dig up a catalog or brochure or magazine ad that could prove it.

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