...best functioning french bits?
Isn't this an oxymoron? ;-)
Leaving aside the issue of functionality, aesthetically I really like
the pre-Delrin Simplex bits, particularly the period with the black and
gold badges, like these shift levers
which have now soared beyond my post-Christmas budget (thought they
haven't escaped my lust), thanks to our Japanese brethren.
> other than the gorgeous maxicar hubs
Excelto hubs, also. Have a beautiful pair from the early '60s with lovely engraving.