What is the ideal wheel for a classic car?


When resurrecting a classic car, there are several flavors of builds that are popular options. From pro touring, to pro street; original to period correct, each style has something different to offer it’s respective auto culture. One of the distinguishing factors between each style is the wheel choice. It is the starting visual cue that really sets the standard and look of the entire car.

Here’s one of the most popular wheels for a classic car; the Torq Thrust 2 by American Racing.

Classic Cragar Wheels


Here are some various examples of modern muscle car wheels.


Every person has their own preference when it comes to the perfect wheel for their car. What are your preferences for the ideal wheel for a classic car?


  • Reply May 22, 2013


    Torq-Thrust all the way. If you look at the above photos two of them are T-T knock-offs. Cragers’ come second. You can probably see where my restoration preferences are.

  • Reply May 2, 2013


    Deep dish slots on my ’72 GMC Sprint

  • Reply March 28, 2013

    Francis Steele

    There is many kinds of wheels some look good some look better and some are the best to each his own but i do not like great big rims on lots of cars they look funny to me and the ride is made bad sometimes.

  • Reply March 28, 2013

    Stephen Legette

    If it don’t have Crager SS,Or Chrome Reverse with Baby Moons It Not a True Hot Rod.

  • Reply March 28, 2013


    Wheel styles come and go.. but classics like American Racing, Cragers, Supremes, Lloyds wheels.. they will never die.

  • Reply March 27, 2013

    Luis Lopez-Garcia

    It just depends on the type of restoration you’re doing.. If your car is restored to look stock, big modern rims look out of place. If you modify the paint or stance to something new, then modern wheels can look more appropriate..

  • Reply February 13, 2013

    Grant Kinser

    Okay, if you stay stock with everything else, so follow with the tires, please!

  • Reply February 9, 2013

    Chuck Urgolites

    way back when , I had chrome reverse wheels and baby moons on my `69 Swinger . loved the look !

  • Reply February 6, 2013

    Robert Tascher

    Classic or Original.Not a fan of the rubber band look.

  • Reply February 6, 2013

    Steve Moody

    Depends on the car or truck and the style of the modification. For example, to me, a highly modified, chopped and lowered 51 Merc would look good with modern wheels, a 57 Chevy in original configuration would not.

  • Reply February 6, 2013

    Scott Winters

    It really depends on the car. I personally prefer the classic or old skool wheels.

  • Reply February 6, 2013

    Chuck Urgolites

    definitely classic , really prefer oem sort wheels.

  • Reply February 6, 2013

    Jeff Sicklesteel

    Customs, modern wheels in a classic style use today’s better better tire technology. If stock, stay with stock.

  • Reply February 6, 2013

    Janice F. Brown Foster


  • Reply February 6, 2013

    John Wise

    Im hooked on the alumin turbines

  • Reply February 6, 2013

    John Pinon

    Chrom reverse With moons!

  • Reply February 6, 2013

    Jim Davis

    Original in most cases!

  • Reply February 6, 2013

    Brian K. Charles

    I prefer the classic designs, especially on older cars, but, what I really don’t like are low-profile tires stretched around way-too-big rims. A little sidewall looks better.

  • Reply February 6, 2013

    Jesus Ricardo Vasquez

    Rocket. It’s nice to see they’re still around.

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