Close

Greatest wheels

Postby powaz » February 10th, 2014, 9:25 pm

User avatar

powaz
step three
step three
 
Posts: 111
Joined: August 29th, 2007, 1:15 pm
Location: At the bend in the river
The recent derailment over in "The Official Hubless Wheel hater thread" reminded me of a car-versation a car buddy of mine and I had a while back. Some wheels are simply inseparable from their somewhat more famous bodywork. A car is nothing without it's wheels, and the designers of the truly great car designs understood this and the wheels become almost icons or logos for the car itself.

993 Turbo.jpg


IMG_3981.JPG


My buddy has an '86 928 (shown here) which is what sparked the conversation, but even more distinctive are the 993 Turbo wheels; simply unmistakable, and ironically, the only other place they really look even remotely right is on the 928.


One of my personal all time favs tho are the Bugatti Type 35 wheels. You can catch those things a mile away.

1925_Bugatti_Type_35-17.jpg
1925_Bugatti_Type_35-17.jpg (75.29 KiB) Viewed 6783 times



I can think of several more, but what pops out as some of the greats to you guys?
Last edited by powaz on February 21st, 2014, 3:09 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Re: Greatest wheels

Postby NURB » February 10th, 2014, 10:45 pm

User avatar

NURB
Moderator
Moderator
 
Posts: 4656
Joined: November 10th, 2005, 1:31 pm
Location: MPLS
F40.
Image
Chris Haar

twitter:@chrishaar

Those who define design as knowing how to use Illustrator will be condemned to using Illustrator their entire career. - @monteiro

Re: Greatest wheels

Postby holtag » February 10th, 2014, 11:54 pm

User avatar

holtag
step four
step four
 
Posts: 218
Joined: February 25th, 2005, 7:00 pm
Location: Singapore
It's gotta be the Z4 Coupe Concept wheels for me. They instantly grabbed my attention with their Calatrava'ness. :D

Image

Re: Greatest wheels

Postby engio » February 11th, 2014, 5:00 am


engio
full self-realization
full self-realization
 
Posts: 807
Joined: October 3rd, 2007, 3:04 pm
Are those Bugatti wheels originals? I always thought for some reason they were aftermarket.. they look cool but way to modern. Which makes it even cooler if they are originals I suppose.

One of these TT-wheels, I can't decide which are more "iconic"

Image
Image

And of course:
Image
Image

Re: Greatest wheels

Postby NURB » February 11th, 2014, 7:59 am

User avatar

NURB
Moderator
Moderator
 
Posts: 4656
Joined: November 10th, 2005, 1:31 pm
Location: MPLS
Yes. TT and Countach. Yes.
Chris Haar

twitter:@chrishaar

Those who define design as knowing how to use Illustrator will be condemned to using Illustrator their entire career. - @monteiro

Re: Greatest wheels

Postby Mr-914 » February 11th, 2014, 8:08 am

User avatar

Mr-914
Moderator
Moderator
 
Posts: 5726
Joined: January 12th, 2004, 7:44 am
Location: Montréal, QC
Image

The Fuchs wheel has to be the definitive Porsche wheel. I had these on my 914. I wanted to get the base 993 wheel, which I thought was marvelous.

Image

I always think of the phone dial when I think 928:

Image
Ray Jepson

"The key to success in this business is to find a boss who doesn't care." - Mike Rowe

Re: Greatest wheels

Postby thecuster86 » February 11th, 2014, 8:32 am

User avatar

thecuster86
step three
step three
 
Posts: 195
Joined: November 21st, 2008, 10:13 pm
Location: Greater Grand Rapids
*Flame-suit on*

One of my favorite wheels of all time is the volk te37

Image

taking everything from a lowly corolla to a gtr and making it look awesome, if you're into tuners, and imports...and aftermarket wheels...

Image

I do love a pair of fat fives though! I always keep an eye out for a pair of those for my mk4 jetta

also bbs mesh wheels from the 80's

Image
The details are not the details, they are the design- Eames

Re: Greatest wheels

Postby iab » February 11th, 2014, 9:08 am


iab
full self-realization
full self-realization
 
Posts: 2447
Joined: January 5th, 2004, 6:03 pm
I'll go classic.

Borrani wires on a Ferarri.

Image



6-spoke with knock-offs

Image

Re: Greatest wheels

Postby powaz » February 11th, 2014, 9:34 am

User avatar

powaz
step three
step three
 
Posts: 111
Joined: August 29th, 2007, 1:15 pm
Location: At the bend in the river
engio wrote:Are those Bugatti wheels originals? I always thought for some reason they were aftermarket.. they look cool but way to modern. Which makes it even cooler if they are originals I suppose.


The type 35? Those are the only wheels I've ever seen on 'em, but I'm no expert. I think they are "correct" which is probably why they stand out to me.

engio wrote:One of these TT-wheels, I can't decide which are more "iconic"


Those are great too - remind me a little of the Bugatti's.

I don't think I'd ever seen those particular Countache wheels. Well, I probably have and just don't remember, but it looks like they tossed some F40 sauce on them. The ones I recall have bigger punches without all the frilly detailing.

And your Saab pic didn't show up, but I saw the file name in the reply. Those tri-copters are unforgettable!

Re: Greatest wheels

Postby Boosted561 » February 11th, 2014, 10:47 am

User avatar

Boosted561
step four
step four
 
Posts: 369
Joined: December 5th, 2007, 11:14 am
Location: Milwaukee
I've been a fan of Audi Monoblock's for a very long time.
Image

This have me intrigued recently.
Image

Re: Greatest wheels

Postby engio » February 11th, 2014, 11:03 am


engio
full self-realization
full self-realization
 
Posts: 807
Joined: October 3rd, 2007, 3:04 pm
powaz wrote:The ones I recall have bigger punches without all the frilly detailing.
Ahh, yeah, it might not be those exactly, I too only have mental image of 5 circles inside the wheel so I just figured those were it, first pic when googling countach.. Perhaps God is not always in the details ;)

Speaking of God, although not His biggest fan, gotta throw out a RIP to Leonard Knight. That's was one inspiring dude.

Re: Greatest wheels

Postby rkuchinsky » February 11th, 2014, 11:32 am

User avatar

rkuchinsky
Moderator
Moderator
 
Posts: 5764
Joined: July 3rd, 2005, 9:20 am
Location: Toronto, Canada
Some good ones here, along with some I personally find eye searing (new tuner stuff).

While technically not "wheels" these are classics for sure-

Image

Image

R
The Directive Collective
http://www.directivecollective.com

Re: Greatest wheels

Postby FluffyData » February 11th, 2014, 12:06 pm


FluffyData
 
Posts: 13
Joined: December 26th, 2013, 11:08 pm
While I'm no fan of 'Roller' design, the fixed logo in the hub is brilliant:


Re: Greatest wheels

Postby mbC » February 11th, 2014, 2:33 pm


mbC
step two
step two
 
Posts: 75
Joined: September 19th, 2008, 6:22 pm
Location: Albuquerque, NM
+1 on the Benz color-matched hubcaps. Such a great, understated look.

Surprised that we haven't had any Incas yet:
Image

SAABs may also be the only brand that could pull off 3-spoke wheels. Not sure why, but it worked.
Image

Re: Greatest wheels

Postby powaz » February 11th, 2014, 8:41 pm

User avatar

powaz
step three
step three
 
Posts: 111
Joined: August 29th, 2007, 1:15 pm
Location: At the bend in the river
FluffyData wrote:While I'm no fan of 'Roller' design, the fixed logo in the hub is brilliant:


Nice! I hadn't seen that. I wonder where the idea came from? I remember years ago some semi trucks had mileage counters in the hubs that stayed level like that, but probably the designers were inspired by something else.

Go to the Next Page

Return to transportation