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 8 years ago

    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 8 years ago

    Deep dish slots on my ’72 GMC Sprint

  • Francis Steele 8 years ago

    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 8 years ago

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

  • Musicman_97_1997@yahoo.com 8 years ago

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

  • Luis Lopez-Garcia 8 years ago

    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 8 years ago

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

  • Chuck Urgolites 8 years ago

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

  • Robert Tascher 8 years ago

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

  • Steve Moody 8 years ago

    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 8 years ago

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

  • Chuck Urgolites 8 years ago

    definitely classic , really prefer oem sort wheels.

  • Jeff Sicklesteel 8 years ago

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

  • Janice F. Brown Foster 8 years ago


  • John Wise 8 years ago

    Im hooked on the alumin turbines

  • John Pinon 8 years ago

    Chrom reverse With moons!

  • Jim Davis 8 years ago

    Original in most cases!

  • Brian K. Charles 8 years ago

    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 8 years ago

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