Brass Cable Tie

Before the invention of the plastic zip tie, there were cable ties made of steel, aluminum and brass.


I suppose you would use these in places where a P-clip would not work if the screw was visible, like on a fender.
My Mark V had two of these brass cable ties holding the fog light cables to the head light cables. One was broken.

They don’t seem to be listed in the Mark V SPC under Cable Clips on page 91A.
Just yesterday I discovered that the MGTC used these same brass ties.
The TC people seem to be even more obsessive about originality than we are, so Moss Motors carries them, part number 161-800 at $5 each. I’ll post a picture when it comes.

interesting but cheaper to make your own from sheet brass only need one for a sample

I did make one, but I was not happy with it, so I bought one made by a machine.

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Just recording here that this brass cable tie has been identified by a member of the XK forum as C.1071/2 Bowden clip.
It is used on XK120 to secure the dynamo cable.
It is listed in the Mark V SPC on page 91A where it is used on the headlamp cables.
A variation C.1071/1 appears in the Mark IV SPCs on page 49, where it is identified as Bowden 448 and is used on the fuel tank sender wiring.

There appers to be a similar cable tie on the MkVII holding the reverse light/number plate harness to the boot hinge.

You may have 6. The Mark VII book even provides a Lucas number.
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Here it is in the Mark V book, although I believe a RHD car would have three and my LHD car has two.
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Interesting, I’ll have to look for the others!