So, a few years ago I decided to try something different on my Corvette. The car had run a set of Weld Draglite wheels on it for years, and I needed something different. I’m definitely a fan of the old days drag racing, so I thought maybe I could take this approach with the Corvette and see how it looks. I bought a pair of 15×4-1/2-inch U.S. Indy slotted “mags” for the front and stuck a pair of stock steel wheels on the back…it was a great combination, aside from the rear tires, which were the only ones I had lying around the shop at the time. I didn’t want to buy new rear tires if I didn’t like the way this mis-matched wheel setup looked, but I ended up loving the look.
Later on I switched back to the Weld wheels, and sold the other wheels…that was a mistake. I’ve learned that vintage wheels, like those U.S. Indy front runners, are hard to come by, so I’m starting a bit of a vintage wheel collection at the shop. Anyway, I really started hating the way the Welds looked on the Corvette, so I bought a couple of brand new American Racing Torq Thrust D’s for the front and put a set of Coker Classic tires on them. The wheels are 15×4 inches and the tires are 165R15…and they’re supposed to have a whitewall, but I flipped them to the backside. I bought the wheels from Newstalgia, and the tires from BuyCheapTireandWheels.com. They sell blemished tires for very low prices, so I was all about it. I also got a pair of 15×6-inch steel wheels for the back, and BFGoodrich 235/75R15 rear tires from BuyCheapTiresandWheels.com. I’ve had this setup on the car since June of last year.
At car shows and cruise ins, people are drawn to the Corvette, but pretty much everyone that talks about it mentions the wheels. “That thing would look pretty good if you could find a set of wheels to match the front ones.” “What happened to the back wheels?” These people act as if I did this on accident…the wheels are like that for a reason! See below! Keep in mind that my car has a different stance than the cars below, but it still has the ’70s street racer look, so it falls into the category of running “mag” wheels on the front and steel wheels out back.