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20 Coolest Old-School Wheels Ever Created

Ugly, unique, rare, beautiful or high-priced, we pick our favorite wheels from an era long before many of you were born

Aug 15, 2013

Most of this list is based on a balance of rarity and popularity. Now just because a wheel is old-school and rare, doesn't mean it's sought after by enthusiast. It's interesting to see that most of this list is made up of 14" SSR wheels from the '80s typically made for small RWD Datsun and Toyotas. The few wheels from the '90s are those that were made popular by the Honda explosion in the very early '90s. Ugly, striking, unusual, atypical, over-priced, whatever you want to call it, here are 20 of the coolest old-school wheels ever released.


Best Old School Wheels Techno Racing Yayoi 04 Photo 1/44   |   Best Old School Wheels Techno Racing Yayoi 04

Techno Racing Yayoi

The Techno Racing Yayoi wheels are also called, "Sakura," which means Cherry Blossom because of its design. These also happen to be the only Techno Racing wheel available in pink.


Best Old School Wheels Techno Racing Tomcat Speed 06B Photo 5/44   |   Best Old School Wheels Techno Racing Tomcat Speed 06B

Techno Racing Tomcat Speed

For some reason, looking at this wheel always reminded us of the U.S. Navy's Grumman F-14 Tomcat fighter plane.


Best Old School Wheels Techno Racing Phantom 09 Photo 9/44   |   Best Old School Wheels Techno Racing Phantom 09
Best Old School Wheels Techno Racing Phantom 08 Photo 10/44   |   Best Old School Wheels Techno Racing Phantom 08

Techno Racing Phantom

The only reason these are cooler than the Star Sharks is because of rarity. It is an extremely hard wheel to find in the three-piece version.


Best Old School Wheels Devil Shadow Spoke 10 Photo 11/44   |   Best Old School Wheels Devil Shadow Spoke 10

Devil Shadow Spoke

Don't you want the Devil's shadow on your car? 'Nuff said!


Best Old School Wheels RS Watanabe Eight Spoke 13 Photo 15/44   |   Best Old School Wheels RS Watanabe Eight Spoke 13
Best Old School Wheels RS Watanabe Eight Spoke 14 Photo 16/44   |   Best Old School Wheels RS Watanabe Eight Spoke 14

RS Watanabe 8-Spoke

A classic wheel that never gets old.


Best Old School Wheels RS TRD Tosco 16 Photo 17/44   |   Best Old School Wheels RS TRD Tosco 16
Best Old School Wheels RS TRD Tosco 15 Photo 18/44   |   Best Old School Wheels RS TRD Tosco 15

TRD Tosco

These dartboard-looking wheels were so popular you'll see them on not only Toyotas but Datsuns as well.


Best Old School Wheels Techno Racing Star Shark 18 Photo 19/44   |   Best Old School Wheels Techno Racing Star Shark 18
Best Old School Wheels Techno Racing Star Shark 19 Photo 20/44   |   Best Old School Wheels Techno Racing Star Shark 19

Techno Racing Star Shark

It's Shark Week!!


Best Old School Wheels Takechi Project Hart 21 Photo 21/44   |   Best Old School Wheels Takechi Project Hart 21
Best Old School Wheels Takechi Project Hart 20 Photo 22/44   |   Best Old School Wheels Takechi Project Hart 20

Takechi Project Hart

The Takechi Project Harts are possibly the first ancestral racing harts.


Best Old School Wheels Mugen NR10R 22 Photo 23/44   |   Best Old School Wheels Mugen NR10R 22
Best Old School Wheels Mugen NR10R 23 Photo 24/44   |   Best Old School Wheels Mugen NR10R 23

Mugen NR10R

Here is another dartboard-looking wheel much like the TRD Tosco. We think these look more like street sewer caps though. The Honda boys love their Mugen and this is the most expensive wheel for them with a cost close to $4,000 in used condition. Yes, $4,000 used condition wheels.


Best Old School Wheels Techno Racing TRV 25 Photo 25/44   |   Best Old School Wheels Techno Racing TRV 25
Best Old School Wheels Techno Racing TRV 24 Photo 26/44   |   Best Old School Wheels Techno Racing TRV 24

Techno Racing TRV

Although it's nearly impossible to find in a 3-piece, these are the company's most common wheel.


Best Old School Wheels SSR EX C Neo 50.JPG Photo 27/44   |   Best Old School Wheels SSR EX C Neo 50

SSR EX-C Neo

Out of the entire EX-C line, the Neo was the first and the most popular. While the mesh, fins, and defis had the same center caps, the Neos had an even more complex cap with an extra top piece.


Best Old School Wheels Techno SSR Super Mesh 27 Photo 28/44   |   Best Old School Wheels Techno SSR Super Mesh 27
Best Old School Wheels Techno SSR Super Mesh 26 Photo 29/44   |   Best Old School Wheels Techno SSR Super Mesh 26

SSR Super Mesh

Taking the SSR EX-C mesh to another level, the Super Mesh brought in more and longer spokes that utilized an electron-locking center cap.


Best Old School Wheels SSR Longchamp XR 4 31 Photo 30/44   |   Best Old School Wheels SSR Longchamp XR 4 31

SSR Longchamp XR-4

It's easy to find SSR Longchamps since so many were sold. But it's impossible to find a set with a clean, original brushed face finish.


Best Old School Wheels SSR EX C Neo 28 Photo 31/44   |   Best Old School Wheels SSR EX C Neo 28
Best Old School Wheels SSR EX C Neo 29 Photo 32/44   |   Best Old School Wheels SSR EX C Neo 29

SSR EX-C Mesh

After the success of the SSR Formula Mesh, Reverse Mesh, and Full Reverse Mesh, the EX-C Mesh brought in high-technology with the electronic center cap.


Best Old School Wheels Work Equip 02 32 Photo 33/44   |   Best Old School Wheels Work Equip 02 32

Work Equip 02

Rumor is Work discontinued the Work 02 and kept Equip 01 and Equip 03 because the Equip 02 was too expensive to manufacture.


Best Old School Wheels Impul Hoshino G5 33 Photo 34/44   |   Best Old School Wheels Impul Hoshino G5 33

Impul Hoshino G5

Impul is a company that strictly modifies Nissans. However, the G5 is so popular you'll find them on not just Datsuns but numerous Toyotas too. The wheel was named after a famous Japanese racer for Impul named Hoshino.


Best Old School Wheels Hayashi Street 33 Photo 35/44   |   Best Old School Wheels Hayashi Street 33
Best Old School Wheels Hayashi Street 35 Photo 36/44   |   Best Old School Wheels Hayashi Street 35

Hayashi Street

Still available, these wheels have stood the test of time.


Best Old School Wheels SSR Formula Mesh 36 Photo 37/44   |   Best Old School Wheels SSR Formula Mesh 36
Best Old School Wheels SSR Formula Mesh 37 Photo 38/44   |   Best Old School Wheels SSR Formula Mesh 37

SSR Formula Mesh

This is by far SSR's most popular wheel. You've probably seen it in sizes ranging from 13" to 17" and on cars from the '70s to the late '90s.


Best Old School Wheels Panasport G7 G5C2 38 Photo 39/44   |   Best Old School Wheels Panasport G7 G5C2 38
Best Old School Wheels Panasport G7 G5C2 39 Photo 40/44   |   Best Old School Wheels Panasport G7 G5C2 39

Panasport G7-G5C2

These wheels are perfect on anything RWD from the Mid '90s such as the FC RX-7, S13 240SX, JZA70 Supra, or Z32 300ZX.


Best Old School Wheels Speed Star MK I 39 Photo 41/44   |   Best Old School Wheels Speed Star MK I 39

Speed Star MK-I

You can still get the full line of SSR MK series I, II, and III because they are so popular that SSR wouldn't dare discontinue them forever.


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