Favorite old-school, eight-spoke wheel–Minilite, Panasport, Watanabe or something else?

David S.
By David S. Wallens
May 30, 2021 | wheels, panasport, Minilite, Watanabe

Photography Credit: Zachary Mayne

When it comes to old-school, eight-spoke wheels, what’s your preference? Something traditional from England like true Minilites, or do you rock something from Panasport or Watanabe?

Or, what about the related options like the Konig Rewind, Rota RB, Enkei Compe, Rotiform MLW and American Racing Silverstone? VTO Classic 8? Remember when Shelby offered an option? 

So, which one is your go-to pick?

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/28/21 8:35 a.m.

Not quite in the style of Minilites, but I'm a fan of SSR's Speed Star line:

Appleseed MegaDork
5/28/21 8:48 a.m.

Halibrand. It has a history few wheels manufactures can match.

frenchyd UltimaDork
5/28/21 8:55 a.m.

In reply to Appleseed :

Not all Halibrand wheels had Halibrand credit.  Troutman and Barns had Halibrand cast up some magnesium Wheels  for their Riverside specials. They were sold to  Jim Hall and called Chaparrals.   
Pin drive knock offs.  Like Indy cars of the era.    

Fitzauto Dork
5/28/21 9:23 a.m.

As a JDM fan boy Watanabes all the way.

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo Mod Squad
5/28/21 9:49 a.m.

chandler UltimaDork
5/28/21 10:05 a.m.
sleepyhead the buffalo said:

I've always liked the BBS Bugatti wheels that ape those (but only seven spokes .

of course the guy I sold this to promptly removed them for RSs.

wspohn SuperDork
5/28/21 10:43 a.m.

I used to run American Racing magnesium (they also came in aluminum alloy) mags on my TVR.


pirate HalfDork
5/28/21 11:02 a.m.

Torqueflight Wheels from American Racing. Arguably the most popular wheel of all times and used on everything.

Cooter UberDork
5/28/21 11:52 a.m.

In reply to pirate :

You're short about three spokes.

Cooter UberDork
5/28/21 11:54 a.m.


j_tso GRM+ Memberand Reader
5/28/21 12:24 p.m.

In reply to Fitzauto :

Roger that.

californiamilleghia SuperDork
5/28/21 12:32 p.m.

I  like the minilite style with the rounded spokes , 

but you do not see many in the 5 x 130mm  Porsche pattern  , but I keep looking !

pirate HalfDork
5/28/21 12:43 p.m.
Cooter said:

In reply to pirate :

You're short about three spokes.

You are right guess I need to evaluate my reading comprehension skills!


crankwalk (Forum Supporter)
crankwalk (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
5/28/21 12:46 p.m.
Colin Wood said:

Not quite in the style of Minilites, but I'm a fan of SSR's Speed Star line:



A man of good taste. cheeky



For 8 spoke, I like vintage Watanabe. The more crusty casting marks the better. 


Trent PowerDork
5/28/21 12:55 p.m.
californiamilleghia said:

I  like the minilite style with the rounded spokes , 

but you do not see many in the 5 x 130mm  Porsche pattern  , but I keep looking !

If you don't mind the Panasport spoke shape VTO does a lot in 5X130


captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
5/28/21 1:22 p.m.

MadScientistMatt UltimaDork
5/28/21 1:47 p.m.

I've thought if I put a different set of wheels on the Dart it would be either Minilite or Halibrand style ones... but these 8 spoke ancestor to both looks pretty good.

sir_mike New Reader
5/30/21 8:22 a.m.

I have a set of Minilite Sport wheels date coded 1974 on one and Superlite's on another car.

Spitsix GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
6/1/21 6:19 p.m.

I like the Miata Daisy wheel with the center cap knock off I designed and 3D printed that uses the stock cap. 

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) UltimaDork
6/1/21 7:37 p.m.

In reply to Spitsix :

That's clever and looks good.

Spitsix GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
6/1/21 11:20 p.m.

In reply to DeadSkunk (Warren) : Thanks


rkammerer New Reader
6/2/21 7:45 a.m.


Cooper Rose Petals have grown on me, though I still prefer the steelies.


David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/2/21 8:33 a.m.
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) said:

Holy crow that looks good. 

pres589 (djronnebaum)
pres589 (djronnebaum) UltimaDork
6/2/21 9:50 a.m.

In reply to wspohn :

Thanks for the TVR porn this morning, I thought today wasn't going to contain much beauty, but I'm happy to be proven wrong.

Randy_Forbes New Reader
6/3/21 7:29 a.m.

My favorite eight (8) spoke alloy wheel was made by Hands, during the 60s-70s.  Used to see them on MGs & Triumphs of that era.

Only while doing a search this morning for a picture of one__equally rare, apparently__did I discover that VTO is doing a look-a-like version




Edit: I guess they were popular on Sunbeams too!


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