Car design is involves innumerable elements that affect the overall aesthetic of a car. Yet one relatively small item can change the character of a car quite easily—the wheels. From hubcaps to forged aluminum multi-spoke designs, there is a huge range of sizes and styles that have come in and out of use and fashion in more than a century of car production. We want to know the all-time best.
Early automotive wheel designs were technology carried over from the horse-drawn wagon days. A prime example is the hickory spokes of the Model T Ford, before the advent of steel wire wheels supporting the rim.
Wire wheels just look right on a first-generation Thunderbird. (Photo Hagerty)
Now wheels can be made from any number of materials, but steel and aluminum are the most popular. These two materials also offer designers great flexibility to create interesting looking yet strong and affordable wheels. The new Ford GT even has carbon-fiber wheels. (Spoiler: they’re not cheap.)
This is not a question of strength though,as much as a question of design. Sound off in the comments below with your opinion of what factory wheel has the best look.