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From the parts bin – a mystery tonneau cover

Published in blog.hemmings.com

When we published the last “From the parts bin” mystery, reader Carl Pennauchi reached out for some help in identifying a tonneau cover he’d found on a $1 table at Hershey a decade or so back. The vendor was asked what car the cover fit, but his reply was simply, “If I knew that, it wouldn’t be on the $1 table.”

Here’s what we do know. The cover is made from heavy-duty vinyl, stamped underneath with FMVSS 302, the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard relating to flammability of materials used in automotive interiors. Carl believes the cover is from a British car, but if so, it was clearly designed for one sold in the United States. It isn’t from a big Healey, as Carl has owned several examples over the years.

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As his pictures illustrate, the cover has three elastic-suspended hooks (15 ½ inches apart) and two snaps in the front, as well as a series of snaps to attach the cover to the decklid in the rear. The rear snaps are symmetrical, and starting from the snap in the center, the first one is 9 inches away, the next is 7 ¾ inches from this, the next is 4 ¾ inches from this, the next is 5 ¾ inches from this, and the final snap is 7 inches from this (all dimensions are center to center). The distance from the front to the white piping is 9 inches, and the piping itself measures 54 inches.

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The other marking on the tonneau’s underside is BW(E), which could be an indication of the cover’s manufacturer. Can you help identify the convertible this fits?