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RH Classic Design Wheels for Sale

FOR SALE – RH Classic Design Wheels – Speedline Style Porsche Style P-3.6  PRICE REDUCED $2000 OBO

These wheels came on the 1986.5 Porsche 928 that I purchased 3 years ago. As far as I can tell, the car’s original owner had them fitted to the car during his ownership. As shown in some of the photos below, they bear manufacturers date stamps circa 1986.

I have ID’d them as RH Classic Design wheels based on the photos, markings on the back side of the wheels, and comparisons to current vendor literature here.  This link also shows current pricing for new wheels, approximately $1000 each.

The first picture below was probably taken when the car was new. The next three pictures are the wheels on the car right after my purchase.

All 4 wheels are 18″ diameter. The front wheels are 8.5″ wide and have an offset of 46 mm. The rear wheels are 10″ wide and have an offset of 40 mm. I know of course that they will fit my 86.5 928. They may or may not fit other Porsches such as 911s.

The wheels are mounted with Hankook Ventus V12 Evo tires. The tires are virtually new. Date stamps on the tires range from 2012 to 2015, as shown in the following photos. Here is a link to pricing for these tires currently at TireRack. The tires have been Road Force balanced, which is a specialized process that addresses both weight imbalances as well as out of roundness. A set of these tires shipped, mounted, balanced, and taxes would probably run you about $800. I think the most economical shipping method at this point would be via truck freight. I plan to lay them flat on a standard 4’x4′ pallet and protect them with a plywood cover and lots of shrink wrap. I can drop them off at a freight depot in my area, Raleigh, NC. Truck shipment is surprising affordable if you use one of the services that scans the universe of freight companies and checks for the best deal. For instance, I recently got a quote to ship to Ohio for $125. I use Small Business Transportation. Ask for Autumn at 888.368.6022 X226.

Why am I selling the wheels? To be honest, although I think the 928 looks fantastic with these wheels, I was doing some long commutes in the car after I purchased it and found the ride to be a little too harsh on my back. I would chalk that up to the low profile tires, which have shorter sidewalls and are thus stiffer. I am 65 and, to me, although low profile tires and wheels look great, I have never totally gotten used to the associated ride quality. Of course, now you can’t buy any high performance tires without low profile tires. My wife’s Cayman has 19″ wheels and I avoid it for long trips for the same reason. Anyway, I found some stock wheels for the 928, had them fitted, and found that I really liked the ride and was willing to give up the look. So rather than have these wheels and their tires languish in my garage, I decided to sell them to someone who will appreciate them.

The wheels are 30 years old and looking at it from that perspective, they are in amazingly good condition. By far the worst wheel is the right front, which has some curb rash on the rim, as clearly shown in the photos. The clearcoat on the center sections of some of the wheels have a few blems, also shown in the photos. I gave them a good cleaning with Dawn soap right before the photo shoot. As you can see, the outsides cleaning up nicely. The inside barrels are stained and what you see is what you get. I was afraid if I attacked them with anything stronger, I might do more harm than good. By the way, these are 3 piece wheels and it is possible to replace any of the 3 components if the need comes up due to damage or cosmetic reasons.

And that’s about it. I would like for them to go to a good home.

 

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