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  • Borrani wire wheels, Stude option??

    Need to know if anyone has ever seen or heard of these wheels being offered as an option, either factory or dealer, in the early to mid 50's. Someone contacted me saying his dad said they were. He has a set of 5 with knock-offs, with adapters for Stude fitment. He says the outer rims are aluminum with chrome steel spokes. Any thoughts or coments?????

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  • #2
    A set of these very wheels came with a '74 Avanti I bought a few years back. One began to knock and a wheel guy told me it could be fixed but would be pricey. I sold them on Craigslist and bought something from Summit. I believe there's a place in Ohio that refurbishes them. They were a bear to clean.

    Western Washington, USA

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    • #3
      A set of these very wheels came with a '74 Avanti I bought a few years back. One began to knock and a wheel guy told me it could be fixed but would be pricey. I sold them on Craigslist and bought something from Summit. I believe there's a place in Ohio that refurbishes them. They were a bear to clean.

      Western Washington, USA

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      • #4
        I believe they might have been an option on Avanti IIs. Dayton is the company that rebuilds them. Not sure if the optional wires really were Borranis though, or if they were knockoffs or bolt-ons.

        I had some Jaguar wires on my '55 for a while (bought them because they were cheap, got 'em home and found that while the bolt pattern was off, so was the offset, so that they'd fit just about right with spacer/adapters) and they actually looked pretty good, but I sold them because they weren't really the look I was going for.

        nate

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        • #5
          I believe they might have been an option on Avanti IIs. Dayton is the company that rebuilds them. Not sure if the optional wires really were Borranis though, or if they were knockoffs or bolt-ons.

          I had some Jaguar wires on my '55 for a while (bought them because they were cheap, got 'em home and found that while the bolt pattern was off, so was the offset, so that they'd fit just about right with spacer/adapters) and they actually looked pretty good, but I sold them because they weren't really the look I was going for.

          nate

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          55 Commander Starlight
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          • #6
            Art sent me this photo to post...



            He wanted to know if you mean something like the above.





            <h5>Dick Steinkamp
            Bellingham, WA</h5>
            Dick Steinkamp
            Bellingham, WA

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            • #7
              Art sent me this photo to post...



              He wanted to know if you mean something like the above.





              <h5>Dick Steinkamp
              Bellingham, WA</h5>
              Dick Steinkamp
              Bellingham, WA

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              • #8
                I was pricing a new Avanti in the early 1970's and the Barroni's were an option, as were Recaro bucket seats. They would even upholster them to match your living room sofa if you wanted.

                It's a judges nightmare; any option you wanted and no record of the build sheet.

                Here's Barroni's website,
                http://www.ruoteborrani.com/default2.asp

                Brad Johnson
                Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight
                "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

                Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
                Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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                • #9
                  I was pricing a new Avanti in the early 1970's and the Barroni's were an option, as were Recaro bucket seats. They would even upholster them to match your living room sofa if you wanted.

                  It's a judges nightmare; any option you wanted and no record of the build sheet.

                  Here's Barroni's website,
                  http://www.ruoteborrani.com/default2.asp

                  Brad Johnson
                  Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                  '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight
                  "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

                  Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
                  Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                  sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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                  • #10
                    If they ever offered real wires in the 50's (and I don't think they did), it would have probably been the Kelsey Hayes wires that were used by some other companies, and were the inspiration for the wire wheel covers ("Speedster Wires")they did offer.

                    I do remember Borrani alloy wheels were the hot setup for dirt bikes back in the 60's & early 70's. Lighter and stronger than the steel wheels, but had a trough that collected mud and made 'em 10 times heavier.

                    BTW, that's an awesome picture of that Speedster!


                    Steve Hudson
                    The Dalles, Oregon
                    1937 Dictator Flatback sedan (for sale)
                    1949 "GMOBaker" 1-T Dually (workhorse)
                    1953 Commander Convertible (show & go)
                    1953 Champion Starliner (custom/rod project)
                    1954 Champion Coupe (daily driver)
                    1960 Hawk (future project?)

                    Steve Hudson
                    The Dalles, Oregon
                    1949 \"GMOBaker\" 1-T Dually (workhorse)
                    1953 Commander Convertible (show & go)
                    1953 "Studacudallac" (project)

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                    • #11
                      If they ever offered real wires in the 50's (and I don't think they did), it would have probably been the Kelsey Hayes wires that were used by some other companies, and were the inspiration for the wire wheel covers ("Speedster Wires")they did offer.

                      I do remember Borrani alloy wheels were the hot setup for dirt bikes back in the 60's & early 70's. Lighter and stronger than the steel wheels, but had a trough that collected mud and made 'em 10 times heavier.

                      BTW, that's an awesome picture of that Speedster!


                      Steve Hudson
                      The Dalles, Oregon
                      1937 Dictator Flatback sedan (for sale)
                      1949 "GMOBaker" 1-T Dually (workhorse)
                      1953 Commander Convertible (show & go)
                      1953 Champion Starliner (custom/rod project)
                      1954 Champion Coupe (daily driver)
                      1960 Hawk (future project?)

                      Steve Hudson
                      The Dalles, Oregon
                      1949 \"GMOBaker\" 1-T Dually (workhorse)
                      1953 Commander Convertible (show & go)
                      1953 "Studacudallac" (project)

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                      • #12
                        Studebaker used Dayton wire wheels on some of the show cars. I don't know if they were ever offered as a genuine option but there are plenty of factory photos showing them on cars.

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                        • #13
                          Studebaker used Dayton wire wheels on some of the show cars. I don't know if they were ever offered as a genuine option but there are plenty of factory photos showing them on cars.

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                          • #14
                            quote:Originally posted by S2DSteve

                            If they ever offered real wires in the 50's (and I don't think they did), it would have probably been the Kelsey Hayes wires that were used by some other companies, and were the inspiration for the wire wheel covers ("Speedster Wires")they did offer.




                            Like this Steve ?


                            1961 Hawk 4BC,4-SPEED,TT

                            Lewisville,NC
                            1961 Hawk ...4-Speed;4bc;Twin Traction


                            Ken Byrd
                            Lewisville,NC

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                            • #15
                              quote:Originally posted by S2DSteve

                              If they ever offered real wires in the 50's (and I don't think they did), it would have probably been the Kelsey Hayes wires that were used by some other companies, and were the inspiration for the wire wheel covers ("Speedster Wires")they did offer.




                              Like this Steve ?


                              1961 Hawk 4BC,4-SPEED,TT

                              Lewisville,NC
                              1961 Hawk ...4-Speed;4bc;Twin Traction


                              Ken Byrd
                              Lewisville,NC

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