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

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

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

In reply to pirate :

You're short about three spokes.

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

Also-

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

In reply to Fitzauto :

Roger that.

californiamilleghia
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
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
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

https://www.vtowheels.com/1964-1989_c_1662.html

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

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

In reply to DeadSkunk (Warren) : Thanks

 

rkammerer
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
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

https://www.vtowheels.com/LAT-70-15-x-65-Custom-Drilled-20mm-Gray-with-Machined-Lip-_p_197.html

 

 

Edit: I guess they were popular on Sunbeams too!

 

VshBor
VshBor New Reader
12/24/21 4:48 p.m.
Randy_Forbes said:

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

https://www.vtowheels.com/LAT-70-15-x-65-Custom-Drilled-20mm-Gray-with-Machined-Lip-_p_197.html

 

 

Edit: I guess they were popular on Sunbeams too!

 

heart Fascinating!

Mine is definitely Watanabe:

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crankwalk (Forum Supporter)
crankwalk (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
12/24/21 4:50 p.m.
VshBor said:
heart Fascinating!

Mine is definitely Watanabe:

But those are Panasports. Do you run the Watanabes on your canoe?

Apexcarver
Apexcarver UltimaDork
12/24/21 7:12 p.m.

I know I've posted it around, but everyone does minilites or panasports on spridgets, it's even hard to find anything else in 4x4 bolt pattern. I wanted to be a bit different and just feel like these work better. Chevy Cosworth Vega.

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
12/24/21 7:37 p.m.

Genuine Panasports

dculberson
dculberson MegaDork
12/24/21 7:55 p.m.

How about some love for my Enkeis:

Sidewayze
Sidewayze Reader
12/24/21 8:02 p.m.
Cooter said:

Also-

Ok, now I really want a dodge van...

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/24/21 10:24 p.m.

In reply to Sidewayze :

It's a good look. 

VshBor
VshBor New Reader
12/25/21 6:52 a.m.
dculberson said:

How about some love for my Enkeis:

loved the blacky color.

Feedyurhed
Feedyurhed UltraDork
12/25/21 6:59 a.m.

Love the look of these.

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) UltimaDork
1/22/22 3:21 p.m.
Apexcarver said:

I know I've posted it around, but everyone does minilites or panasports on spridgets, it's even hard to find anything else in 4x4 bolt pattern. I wanted to be a bit different and just feel like these work better. Chevy Cosworth Vega.

That looks great !  I saw a set of those wheels recently for $150, I just need to find a running, driving Bugeye for pocket change now.

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy MegaDork
1/30/22 3:15 p.m.
DeadSkunk (Warren) said:

That looks great !  I saw a set of those wheels recently for $150, I just need to find a running, driving Bugeye for pocket change now.

Running? Driving? I guess it's debatable. Near Detroit. 
 

Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter)
Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
1/30/22 5:58 p.m.

why is everything nice so expensive?

Why do most modern wheels look like over done crap? So few classy designs.

lotusseven7 (Forum Supporter)
lotusseven7 (Forum Supporter) Dork
1/31/22 7:14 a.m.

Had these Panasports on the ROTUS but they were the wrong offset for the new fenders, so they unfortunately were sold.sad
 


 

I just picked up a set of these for the MGB. Can't wait to get them mounted on the car!

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