Encyclopedia Hoonatica: Factory White Wheels

Not too long ago in the history of the automobile, wheels were almost universally black steel, or perhaps painted to match the body color of the car, if you bought something really fancy. But white wheels? That would look weird. And indeed, when tried, they did look sort of weird. That didn’t stop white aftermarket wheels from becoming a bona fide trend; nowadays they’re seemingly everywhere on everything from sports cars to stanced hatchbacks that can’t traverse a speed bump.
However, original equipment white wheels from the showroom are not quite as common. Your assignment for today is to fill our virtual tome of arcane knowledge with a list of all the production cars that rolled off the assembly line equipped with white wheels. (Bonus points if the body color is something other than white.)
Difficulty: 3.6-1000 nanofarthings per sidereal year.
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  1. Drzhivago138 Avatar

    Easy answer: Jeep CJ.

    1. dead_elvis Avatar

      Also in FSJ flavor:

      View post on imgur.com

  2. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar
    1. JayP Avatar

      Ah- the 80’s.

      1. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

        There is a guy I see every night driving the opposite direction of me in a 1993 triple (or is it quadruple) white fox body. It is immaculate. As ridiculous as they look parked, you can’t miss them on the road. The all white is so glaringly obvious to your eyes it’s hilarious.

      2. Drzhivago138 Avatar

        I saw that very car (well, not that very one; this one was in considerably more distressed condition) on Saturday as I was moseying through downtown Minneapolis.

  3. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar
  4. Vavon Avatar

    Talbot Samba Rallye, Peugeot 205 Rallye & 106 Rallye!

  5. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

    Just need to put the entire Pontiac Line-up in the early 90s up here.
    Pontiac Sunbird.

  6. Vavon Avatar

    Citroën AX Sport

  7. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar
    1. Prince Halibrand Avatar
      Prince Halibrand

      Technically not a production part. See my post.

      1. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

        That one is wearing the fiberides, but the CSX-T had white details on the alloy rims.

  8. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar
    1. JayP Avatar

      Directional wheels should be directional!!

      1. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

        This is why Ford and GM do symetrical 5 to 6-spoke rims. They can’t trust their mechanics to rotate the wheels aesthetically.

        1. JayP Avatar

          The MkII Probe GT had direction wheels. I pointed that out to a driver at an autox. He had no idea the wheels were directional. I joked that he was getting an advantage. He was cool about my joke- some others take autox too serious.

          1. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar
        2. P161911 Avatar

          T-Bird S/Cs had directional rims from the factory, but they weren’t asymmetrical, they just wen the wrong way on one side.

        3. Scoutdude Avatar

          One of the wheels available on the Lincoln Mark VIII were directional with separate L and R versions and it always drove me crazy to see them messed up.

        4. Sjalabais Avatar

          That is something that has bothered me for a while with tires. You can’t rotate directional tires like other tires. Yet I find these tires mounted against their mandatory direction on cars of people who use shops to change tires all the time, like my mother-in-law’s Toyota. Also: Absolutely no respect for torque-mounting wheels. It’s the shop who gets to change the dead bolts and nuts anyway…

    1. Tanshanomi Avatar

      Hey, that sure beats the mustard-and-ketchup version!

      1. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

        I hated that combination. That entire generation had some really cartoony looking editions.

      1. dead_elvis Avatar

        That Nissan/Datsun pictorial archive is pretty great, isn’t it?

    1. Bryce Womeldurf Avatar

      This and the NSX Type R are my personal favorites. Probably partially why my Miata now has white dipped wheels.

  9. Vavon Avatar

    Citroën 2CV

  10. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar
  11. Alff Avatar

    Mk 1 Cooper S, although the color might be more fairly described as off-white.

    1. JayP Avatar

      Mini or MINI.

    2. Vavon Avatar

      You could have shown this Mini… It has multiple advantages!

  12. Prince Halibrand Avatar
    Prince Halibrand

    Do white Shelby Fiberides count? They a factory part (sourced from Motowheel), but only 20 of the white ones were made, and none of those made it to the showroom. They were only used on a couple of prototypes and factory show cars. They were spec’d for the 1990 CSX, but Mopar killed it at the 11th hour.

  13. oldcarjunkie Avatar

    My Niva had factory white wheels. Some of the cars did as well.

  14. mzszsm Avatar

    Syrenka came often with white painted wheels.

  15. elan Avatar

    Does this count? Ford Granada 2.8 Injection.

  16. Vavon Avatar

    The Fiat Panda Italia ’90… Footballs FTW!

  17. Vavon Avatar

    Mercedes-Benz W123

  18. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

    Countach had the option.

    1. dead_elvis Avatar

      Cocaine-white, I assume.

      1. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

        Something like a phenomenon.

    1. Vairship Avatar

      It might be faster if the elephant walked…

  19. jim Avatar

    Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione (best wheel design ever)

  20. jim Avatar

    190? Fiat 60 HP (which also has the distinction of being the tallest production car ever made : 2,550 mm or 100.4 in)

    1. Moto Madness Avatar
      Moto Madness

      Sure they didn’t just drive through a chalk deposit?

    1. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

      That’s what I thought of at first too!

    2. Vavon Avatar

      The Thunderbird Fila for him and the Y10 Fila for her!

  21. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar
  22. econobiker Avatar

    My father purchased a cousin to the pictured Subaru wagon new in 1981. I seem to remember that the white wagon wheels were for the 4wd versions and the 2wd versions got the standard silver steel wheels. I also think that the wagon wheels were more of a beige color than actual snow white.
    (Our GL was not only 4wd, it had the factory accessory headlight bush bar/winch mount and skid plate on it from new at the dealership. The bush bar was a slight off white color- not snow white but more beige-ish. After mounting the bush bar, the dealership actually had to get a special linkage part for the hidden center Cyclops light under the Subaru emblem since the winch mount interfered with the stock linkage. What was even more freakshow about our vehicle was that this we lived on the NJ shore in northern Ocean county- far from typical 4×4 required areas except for a few allowed areas for beach access. But we traveled to Montana and western states during the summers (my father was a high school teacher). He

    1. Tanshanomi Avatar

      Soobie hidden cyclops light = so. much. win.

      1. econobiker Avatar

        Our GL’s bush bar actually eliminated the chrome front bumper and only had surrounds for the headlights due to the center winch mount. Of course my father never mounted a winch.
        I actually found a similar GL with that bush bar version painted black.(Ours had factory roof rack also.)

  23. Krautwursten Avatar

    A car is a wheeled, self-propelled motor vehicle used for transportation. Therefore very nearly every Ford tractor ever.

  24. LEROOOY Avatar

    The always-lovely 10th-Anniversary RX-7…

  25. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

    99.9% these were like this from the factory…..

    1. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

      They were. It is the SHO Plus package (212A) and on white exterior cars, they got white wheels. All other exterior colors got the sparkle silver wheels.

  26. Vavon Avatar

    In Europe white cars with white wheels were a big hit in the 80s…
    Here is a test between an Opel corsa, a Pug 205 and a Seat Ibiza!

  27. JayP Avatar

    1980’s AUDIS!!!
    1986’s lineup included white Audis to commemorate the Centennial of the Automobile.

    1. Tanshanomi Avatar

      That Quattro coupe with the five-spokes is awesomosity.

      1. JayP Avatar

        Pure 80’s.

  28. Top-dead-centre Avatar

    Back in 1995, the Neon Sport Coupe and Sedan with white paint could be had with white painted Sport Wheels. Other colors all had the same pattern in silver

  29. sunbeammadd Avatar

    Almost all Hillmans, Sunbeams and Singers from the mid 1950s to the late 1960s had white steels under their hubcaps. I’m struggling to think of any that didn’t.

  30. Maymar Avatar

    I like these. I don’t even care who knows.

  31. Fuhrman16 Avatar
  32. Peter Huffman Avatar

    Dodge Monaco. Cop shocks, cop engine, etc.

  33. discontinuuity Avatar

    Most of those Subaru wheels are various shades of rust by now.

  34. Scott W. Avatar
    Scott W.

    1994 Dodge Grand Caravan ES, although I think the white wheels were only available with the white exterior color.

  35. Troggy Avatar

    Honda’s legendary RC30 had white wheels (are we including motorbikes?), and a number of VFR800 interceptors also (I believe) had white wheels too.
    With single-sided swingarm for extra sexy.

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