Date: Fri, 10 Oct 1997 08:38:27 -0700 From: Peter Richardson Subject: Re: What's a chrome? > car. The Mercedes symbol just screws right off. How do I know? Because Since the late 50s that star has been affixed to a transverse bar under the top of the grille by means of a strong spring, allowing the star to be bent this way and that, but not unscrewed or broken off. Serious thieves, of course, can solve the puzzle with a hefty cable cutter, which probably would have been termed a "star buyer" back then if the practice had existed. I suggest this because telephones used to be "liberated" from public booths by means of "phone buyers" wielded by bored adolescents. As Peggy said: nothing new under the sun. Peter