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?


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  • Mike says:
    4 years ago 7:15 pm

    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.

  • Michael says:
    4 years ago 1:36 am

    Deep dish slots on my ’72 GMC Sprint

  • Francis Steele says:
    4 years ago 9:54 pm

    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.

  • Stephen Legette says:
    4 years ago 6:01 am

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

  • Musicman_97_1997@yahoo.com says:
    4 years ago 12:30 am

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

  • Luis Lopez-Garcia says:
    4 years ago 11:34 pm

    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..

  • Grant Kinser says:
    4 years ago 5:11 pm

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

  • Chuck Urgolites says:
    4 years ago 3:38 am

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

  • Robert Tascher says:
    4 years ago 4:14 pm

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

  • Steve Moody says:
    4 years ago 1:07 pm

    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.

  • Scott Winters says:
    4 years ago 8:09 am

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

  • Chuck Urgolites says:
    4 years ago 6:43 am

    definitely classic , really prefer oem sort wheels.

  • Jeff Sicklesteel says:
    4 years ago 5:49 am

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

  • Janice F. Brown Foster says:
    4 years ago 5:40 am


  • John Wise says:
    4 years ago 5:27 am

    Im hooked on the alumin turbines

  • John Pinon says:
    4 years ago 5:27 am

    Chrom reverse With moons!

  • Jim Davis says:
    4 years ago 5:26 am

    Original in most cases!

  • Brian K. Charles says:
    4 years ago 5:15 am

    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.

  • Jesus Ricardo Vasquez says:
    4 years ago 5:05 am

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