Wheels & tyres might seem a straightforward subject but if I get this wrong the whole appearance of the car will be pants.

So...what size and type of wheels do I want? 17 inch, 18 inch, 20 inch? Billet or Cast? Black or Chrome? Chrome with black middles? Traditional or spoked? Spinners or not? And what about tyres..? Avon, Goodyear, Pirelli, Michelin..! And what size and specification. Size definition is an art in itself and links in very nicely with the calibration of the speedo. So I need to make notes!

After a long and arduous period of research and head scratching and looking at what different styles look like on other cars, I went for 18-inch Halibrand's (GTD5's Classic style) in chrome - with spinners obviously. I like the clean and unfussy look of these; a benefit also being dirt won't get trapped and encrusted in the many screw holes that connect the outer and inner rim to the centre hub that is visible on other Halibrand styles, because on the GTD5 Classic type, there are none showing.

I decided against a black centre because, as these are very distinctive looking wheels I wanted them to be a feature. Also, they will serve as an extra reflective service for other cars to see me in the dark - side on... It's the little things..!


My Specification:

  • Tyres: 245 x 40 x 18" front, 275 x 40 x 18" rear. Michelin Pilot Sport/Super Sport (Tyre/rim size explained)
  • Wheels: 8.5 x 18” front, 10 x 18” rear. Halibrand GTD5 Classic build (all chrome) with a cover plate for 5 stud fitment and spinner