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Username Post: 1973 urethane-faced wheels        (Topic#340303)
fyreline 
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10-31-16 05:32 PM - Post#2659346    

Back when I ordered my new 1973 Laguna, one of the options I wanted was the new urethane-faced "turbine-style" wheels. They reminded me somewhat of the C2 Corvette knock-off wheels. My salesman called me later in the week to tell me that the wheels were listed as "unavailable" . . . so I had the car delivered with the stock steel wheels, and promptly went out and bought a set of ET styled steel wheels. It dawned on me in later years that I had never seen an actual set of those urethane-faced wheels on a real car, other than in sales literature illustrations. Were they ever released to the public, or did production issues do them in?



Edited by fyreline on 10-31-16 05:32 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
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wagonman100 
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11-01-16 08:38 PM - Post#2659545    
    In response to fyreline

Yes they were made and put on cars. They were mostly on Monte Carlos. I have a Monte in the neighborhood that has them. I owned a set back in the day as well.


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aawtech 
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11-08-16 09:59 PM - Post#2660654    
    In response to fyreline

  • fyreline Said:
Back when I ordered my new 1973 Laguna, one of the options I wanted was the new urethane-faced "turbine-style" wheels. They reminded me somewhat of the C2 Corvette knock-off wheels. My salesman called me later in the week to tell me that the wheels were listed as "unavailable" . . . so I had the car delivered with the stock steel wheels, and promptly went out and bought a set of ET styled steel wheels. It dawned on me in later years that I had never seen an actual set of those urethane-faced wheels on a real car, other than in sales literature illustrations. Were they ever released to the public, or did production issues do them in?



Definitely available. I have a set in my shop! LOL. They are different than the Monte Carlo ones. For one thing, they are 14" whereas the Monte ones were 15".

Donny




 
Limey SE 
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11-20-16 06:43 PM - Post#2662474    
    In response to aawtech

  • aawtech Said:
  • fyreline Said:
Back when I ordered my new 1973 Laguna, one of the options I wanted was the new urethane-faced "turbine-style" wheels. They reminded me somewhat of the C2 Corvette knock-off wheels. My salesman called me later in the week to tell me that the wheels were listed as "unavailable" . . . so I had the car delivered with the stock steel wheels, and promptly went out and bought a set of ET styled steel wheels. It dawned on me in later years that I had never seen an actual set of those urethane-faced wheels on a real car, other than in sales literature illustrations. Were they ever released to the public, or did production issues do them in?



Definitely available. I have a set in my shop! LOL. They are different than the Monte Carlo ones. For one thing, they are 14" whereas the Monte ones were 15".

Donny




El Caminos and GMC Sprints got them also, this is a 73 Mint Sprint belongs to my Neighbor original 27xxx Mile survivor with a 454




 
4speedman 
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11-27-16 07:37 AM - Post#2663385    
    In response to Limey SE

I bought a 73 Laguna in 76 and it had those wheels,i replaced them with cragers and still have the factory wheels stored in a building wish i still had the car.



 
knightfan2691 
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12-04-16 01:44 PM - Post#2664562    
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  • 4speedman Said:
I bought a 73 Laguna in 76 and it had those wheels,i replaced them with cragers and still have the factory wheels stored in a building wish i still had the car.



Wish you still had it, too ... those are awesome cars. I have some wheels from my former cars, still, too.


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fyreline 
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01-11-17 05:12 PM - Post#2670623    
    In response to knightfan2691

Thanks to everyone for responding so far . . . I know that Monte Carlos were released with urethane-faced wheels - but as was mentioned above, those were different wheels than the ones for Chevelles. A couple of different aftermarket manufacturers made wheels that were very similar in appearance to the factory 1973 Chevelle urethane wheels, and I have had several people respond telling me they had the factory wheels when what they actually had were aftermarket copies. I still maintain that to this day I have never seen a photograph or heard a personal anecdote where someone took delivery of a 1973 Chevelle or Laguna with those factory urethane-faced wheels mounted. Lots of second-hand stories, but no first-hand information yet, If you actually took delivery of a brand-new 1973 Chevelle or Laguna with these optional wheels, please step up.



Edited by fyreline on 01-11-17 05:12 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
62sedan 
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01-12-17 05:55 PM - Post#2670817    
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Definitely available. I have a set in my shop! LOL. They are different than the Monte Carlo ones. For one thing, they are 14" whereas the Monte ones were 15".

Donny



Donny....... Can you post any pictures of the factory wheels with the urethane coating? And, how are they any different as compared to the "closest" looking aftermarket versions? Thank you.


Chuck






 
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