Renault 5 Gordini/Alpine ‘Computer Disc’:
These highly polished, highly distinctive ‘1970s computer disc’ alloys were strapped to the lively hot hatch Gordini (Alpine on the Continent) version of the best-selling Renault 5 in the late 1970s. Renault also fitted an enlarged version of the same alloys to its 1970s Alpine A310 V6s, plus the very last of the legendary A110 Berlinette SX models.
Alfa Romeo 105-Series GTA ‘Telephone Dial’:
First seen on Alfa Romeo’s rapid racing GTA Bertone coupes in the late 1960s to reduce weight, evolutions of these stylish ‘telephone dial’ alloys have gone on to grace many other Alfa models, the most extreme being fitted to the 147 and 156 GTA performance derivatives, plus the beautiful 8C, 4C and some recent Giulia models.
Volkswagen Golf GTI MK I ‘Campaign Alloys’:
By 1983 VW’s once-dominant Golf GTIwas coming under increasingly tough competition from a raft of other ‘GTI wannabe’ mid-size hot hatches. With the bigger and flabbier MK 2 Golf still waiting in the wings to be launched, Volkswagen wisely released the special run-out ‘Campaign’ Golf GTI to keep the sales of the model buoyant. Easily identifiable by their distinctive ‘P’ cut out alloys (P for Pirelli, the GTI’s OE tyre), the Campaign Golfs sold like hot cakes, and are now highly sought today.
Citroen SM ‘Magnesium’:
Citroen’s long, low and wide basking shark GT always cut a dash in any colour, even with its standard but unfittingly bland metal hubcaps. When fitted with the stylish optional, and eye-wateringly expensive magnesium wheels, though, Citroen’s 1970s flagship was totally transformed, making this unbelievable machine even more exotic and ‘out there.’