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October 31, 2017, 9:19am Report to Moderator

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The flags, it seems, represent the letter 'V' for the flag with the red cross and 'S' for the blue square based on navel signal flags.

'Allegedly' the V is for Vignale and S for Standard.

Michellotti worked for Vignale and Standard as in Standard Triumph.

There are other thoughts on the origins & meanings of the flags but I like this version.

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There is currently only one manufacturer of these (has only been one).

The quality was always marginal, and as a result we decided to stop selling them some time ago after repeated poor customer feedback (and from our own workshop).

Because the fixing pin spacing seems to be erratic many customers broke the badge trying to bend them to fit.

If you put a repro one against a genuine one you can see/feel they seem to be more flimsy in repro form.

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Thanks for that Rosbif, I would like to think they are representative of what they are selling but understand that they may not be.
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A bit more for the anoraks:  I had been suspicious about the Vignale/Standard theory but I think I have to buy it.
I think the first car that Vignale worked on was the Italia, and these bore the flags.
He also designed for Ferrari and some bear a pair of V and F flags (Red diamond on white).  I have found this image of a Ferrari 250 Europa GT Coupé Vignale which shows the manufacturing company and design house badges superimposed on the F and V flags.
Other manufacturers have other flags, but the Fiat version seems to have the V plus a yellow flag with a black diamond.  This is not a nautical letter flag.
See also for a Ferrari with coachwork by (Pinin)farina, with the Farina logo on a nautical P flag.

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