I like these aftermarket wheels - any idea what they are?

Discussion in 'Rear-Engine Fiats' started by khnitz, Mar 26, 2020.

  1. khnitz

    khnitz Daily Driver

    I thought the wheels on this 850 sport spider on Bring a Trailer matched the vehicle well. Any idea what they are?

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  2. DanielForest

    DanielForest True Classic

    Location:
    Montreal
    Those are Simca wheels, which is one of the few brand which is using a 4x98mm bolt pattern. But you will have to shop in Europe to find them...
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  3. khnitz

    khnitz Daily Driver

    Hmmm...I have contacts in Europe. I may have to source a set... :)
     
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  4. Dr.Jeff

    Dr.Jeff True Classic

    Location:
    Sin City
    They are a pretty cool design, almost "Lambo-esque":

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  5. bg82x

    bg82x Bob Grasch

    Location:
    Sandwich, IL
    Same subject different wheel. Similar in design.These wheels are on my 67 850. I'm curious what type/brand these are. I was told by someone years ago there from England?

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  6. DanielForest

    DanielForest True Classic

    Location:
    Montreal
    I found my wheels on leboncoin web site. Some sellers are not willing to have the trouble of shipping but some will. I have often seen the model you are looking for because they are 4x98mm.

    https://www.leboncoin.fr/equipement_auto/1732751335.htm/

    https://www.leboncoin.fr/equipement_auto/1765618076.htm/

    https://www.leboncoin.fr/equipement_auto/1615622844.htm/

    https://www.leboncoin.fr/equipement_auto/1764767371.htm/
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    These last ones are new with new Michelin tires. But price accordingly (in euro)
    (and many other ads, I just stop there...)

    Your biggest problem will be... are you good in French?
     
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  7. Dr.Jeff

    Dr.Jeff True Classic

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    Sin City
    Bob, I like yours also. The design really shows best in the photo viewed at an angle, where the 3D shape of the "cups" stands out.
     
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  8. Dr.Jeff

    Dr.Jeff True Classic

    Location:
    Sin City
    I've always liked that design from the Lambo Miura. There are a couple of companies making modern interpretations of it (sort of) for various popular applications.

    This example is from Rotiform:
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    There is another company (don't recall the name) that has one I like even more. It takes the design a step further for a more modern look. Wish I could remember who they are so I can pull up an example.

    These styles aren't appropriate for a vintage Fiat, but they look great on some other classic European cars.
     
  9. kmead

    kmead Over half way.

    Location:
    Michigan
    Bob I think yours are Melbers. Mang I believe had a set on one of his 850s.

    Nope, not Melber.
     
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  10. Jeff Stich

    Jeff Stich True Classic

    Location:
    Norco, CA
    Bob,
    Your wheels are indeed English, made by Dunlop & marketed by Mag Products. They were imported to the USA by Rich Motors in the late 1960's & sold as the "Rich GT" model alloy wheel. This was John Rich's favorite wheel to use on the OTAS/Lombardi 850's (which he also also imported & sold).

    The "Rich GT" wheel as illustrated in the 1969 Rich Motors Fiat-Abarth catalog (note the Dunlop "D" logo on the wheel center cap):

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    The same wheels shown on original Rich-imported OTAS cars:

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  11. bg82x

    bg82x Bob Grasch

    Location:
    Sandwich, IL
    Thank you Jeff! I appreciate you sharing the history of these wheels. Very interesting.
     
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  12. kmead

    kmead Over half way.

    Location:
    Michigan
    They look so much better and more interesting in one color than the black and polished version.

    Thank you Jeff, we are lucky to have your deep knowledge of this part of the Fiat marque.

    Thanks fo the pics, they do look great on the OTAS. Did you roll that out of your garage?
     
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  13. kmead

    kmead Over half way.

    Location:
    Michigan
    Great looking example of the car. Nice spot to take the main picture as well.
     
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  14. Frank L. Di Gioia

    Frank L. Di Gioia True Classic

    Location:
    las vegas, nevada
    Hi Bob,
    Nice OT1000! I had one once but it was a "conversion" from a regular 850 '67 Spider. Over time it went from an 843 to a 903 to a 1liter to a 1050 with PBS 8-port dual DCOE's to a 1438 reverse rotation twin cam with dual DCOE's. If it had been a actual Abarth I'd have left it stock. The reason I love rear engine Fiats is that (at least I feel) it's in their nature to hot rod. To play with a Ferrari is somehow violates some sacred taboo. Very creative photography next to the pond (here in the desert that would be a lake) with the colors.
    Frank
     
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