OEM wheel?

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  1. Brett

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    Is this wheel an OEM option for the C3? I have them on my car (not mine pictured) and I've seen them on a few other 81/82 C3s but I can't find anything that lists them as a dealer option?

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    I've never seen these an an OEM for a C3 but there are lots of C3 owners on the forum with a heck of a lot more C3 knowledge than me that I'm sure will toss in their expertise....
     
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    I do not recall those wheels being factory supplied but who knows.

    They look very much BBS wheels that were very popular, and still are I guess, on Corvette and some slower cars as well.:Biggrin:
     
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    IMG_2487.JPG One of the cars from Saskatchewan at the CU event had those rims. Looks pretty sharp I think.
     
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    That's Chester's car.
    He's had it forever.
    Not stock wheels.
    I think they might be FireBird wheels from T/As back in the day.
    They are a lightweight wheel alternative back when there wasn't a big wheel choice available in the market.

    Graham
     
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    I think you are right on the mark Graham..Had a fellow down the road from me back in about 77 or so had a T/A ... those wheels sure looked like his... Colour and all... Good Call....
     
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    Thanks Guys

    The ones I've seen (mine included) the centers are coloured to match the car.

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    To the best of my knowledge where I sit right now those are not stock (nor Factory option). Steel rallies would have been stock and the only wheel option being aluminum. Below:[​IMG]

    I can double check my black book, but pretty sure that is it.

    T
     
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    With a bit of googling I think nascar03 is correct, this might be what you have:

    16" GTA gold PW7/52P diamond-spoke aluminum rim
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    T
     
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    This is what I have
     
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    IMG_2589.JPG IMG_2590.JPG Here's a set of black ones on an older TA/firebird.
     
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    Those wheels have to be very difficult to keep clean. Lots of places for dirt and grime to hide there.
     
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    Thanks everyone, now I have to decide to keep them or buy some originals? (I'm leaning towards keeping them) Although my car is pretty much original except for the stereo it will never be a collector ;)
     
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    Put on whatever makes you happy Brett.:thumbs: Individualism seems to be a trait of Corvette owners.
     
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    Those GTA wheels look great on the Corvettes. The polished wheels with the rectangular slots look awfully nice too and would be a whole lot easier to clean. At my age, that is really important.
     
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