WHAT’S YOUR HISTORY?
MWS was founded in London in 1927, and has been in the Smith family’s hands since 1947. The manufacture, service and repair facilities are now located at Langley, Slough, where we have 18 employees, but we also have agents in the US and Australia and sell world-wide.
WHAT’S YOUR RANGE OF SKILLS?
We build wire wheels from scratch, with coldrolled rims, forged centres and buffed spokes, on splined or bolt-on hubs. We keep all popular wheels in stock, preand post-war and build to order for more unusual fiffings, and we can also rebuild original wheels on the same hub and rim to retain originality. We supply and fit tyres and tubes to suit most veteran, vintage and classic cars, and sell all accessories for wire wheels.
WHAT UNUSUAL WHEELS HAVE YOU HAD TO BUILD OR RESTORE?
Owners of rare vehicles such as older Maseratis ()then bring us wheels for restoration we’ve refurbished quite a few Ferrari 250 units and Brooklands Museum came to us to rebuild the Napier-Railton’s wheels. We refurbish classic steel wheels, too, such as Rostyles, and we’ve produced three-bolt hubs to suit Citroen 2CVbased kit cars such as the popular Lomax.
WHAT’S IN THE WORKSHOP NOW?
We are always increasing our ranges of rollededge rim sizes, vintage centres and splined hubs, and we are the main distributor for Blockley tyres whose range is increasing constantly. We have just opened a new tyre fitting bay to increase capacity of these and other tyre makes.
WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU PROUD OF?
We do a lot of work for museums such as Brooklands and Haynes, we build the wheels for Audi’s Auto Union replicas, and we are the OE suppliers to Morgan and Suffolk Sporhscars. Also we were commissioned by Luigi Colani to build the wheels for his Pierce-Arrow concept car.