Picking a set of wheels for our Corvette–but which ones?

Once we realized the Rally wheels on our Corvette were not going to secure the original hub caps, we started looking around for something else.

Original, correct, date-coded steel wheels were selling on Facebook Marketplace and eBay for $800-1200. This seemed a bit egregious, considering they were not all that and would still need our hubcaps that weren’t that great looking, either.

As for the knock-off, turbine-style wheels, they sell for about $2500-$3500 if they are reproductions and closer to $10,000 a set for real ones. Early wheels were silver between the spokes, but by 1965, this area was supposed to be black which, in in our opinion, wasn’t that attractive.

Further searches on Marketplace kept coming up with chrome Cragar mags that we didn’t like or American Racing Torq Thrusts which, while common, are at least attractive and period correct.

After a few weeks, we found a set of brand-new, 15x6-inch Torq Thrust wheels mounted with new Uniroyal Tiger Paw tires in the correct 205/75R15 size. The deal came with new caps and lugs. For $700 complete, we jumped on it. (The irony is that they had come off a Nassau Blue 1965 Corvette because the owner wanted to run the original hubcaps.)

While we were not willing to part with any original parts just yet, we did turn around and sell the incorrect Rally wheels and six-year-old Kumhos for $400.

As a result, we ended up with new tires and wheels that we really kind of like for a net of $300. We needed to get to the alignment shop quickly before we ruined these nice, new tires.

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Dmorse New Reader
4/18/24 12:38 p.m.

Wheels look great  Here's a 65 from back in the day, when Corvettes had trailer hitches.

gsarahs New Reader
4/18/24 2:12 p.m.

My vote would have been for turbine mags as exhibited on the metallic light blue Split-Window that Seinfeld drove to the White House, and that Obama drove in the driveway. Very classy, but then it is all a matter of personal taste!

Oh and by the way, perhaps I am a little biased in that I still have a set of Turbines that I took off my late '60s long wheel base Chevy Van, prior to selling.


Msterbee Reader
4/18/24 6:04 p.m.

Please don't put anything modern on them.  Pretty much ruins the car. Although a vintage style in a +1 or +2 size sometimes works.  I would stick with something period correct though not necessarily something that's been done a million times before.  

lotusseven7 (Forum Supporter)
lotusseven7 (Forum Supporter) Dork
4/18/24 11:02 p.m.

Just a few more examples of how good Minilites look on everything! The last picture IMO has the perfect stance, wheel combo and of course sidepipes FTW!!!!!

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
4/21/24 12:01 p.m.

I was going to say Torq-Thrusts even before I opened the story.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/30/24 9:29 a.m.

In reply to lotusseven7 (Forum Supporter) :

The stance on the dark blue car is nearly perfect. Yes, Minilite all things!

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