One of the biggest challenges in any classic car restoration is rims and tires. The wrong ones can ruin your car and the right ones will really make your classic car stand out. Any true restoration wants the original wheels and tires to finish the car off. However, that’s not always possibly considering vintage rims and tires aren’t manufactured anymore and the likelihood of the originals surviving since the 60s or 70s is unlikely. You could get custom-made versions of the original rims and tires, but that is expensive and not always the best idea. For example, a classic 1960s Mustang usually had 13” bias ply tires. However, in the 70s, the car industry standardized 17” radial tires because they offer better fuel economy, absorbed more shock, and lasted longer than bias ply tires (source). Placing the original rims and tires, or custom-made versions, the refore might hold back the performance of your restored car and will cost more in the end.
Rims and Tires for Classic Cars
A variety of modern rims and tires can be placed on a classic car that will still have that classic feel to them, such as a 5-Spoke rim which is similar to the original rims found on vintage cars. However, they also offer modern perks that help the car function better. For example, one could buy American Racing Vintage Hopster 17″ rims for a 1967 Chevy Camaro that offer the look of a class car, but is big enough to allow for modern radial tires. A 17″ by 8″ (or bigger) rim in the back of the car versus a smaller rims in the front of the car will give your restored vehicle that classic muscle car look. Plus it will help a lot of rear wheel drive vehicles, which is common in classic muscle cars, accelerate better.
If you are restoring a classic car and need rims and tires, try ReadyWheels. To talk more about this, or anything else, please feel free to contact us at 877.473.2399