Going back more years than I care to remember when I was young and daft, a wise old(er) friend once said that "A car's wheels are it's jewellery".
They make or break the look of a car - and I'm afraid some of the wheels being discussed here will make the cars look like an old man with a fist of sovs.
What are "sovs"?
I quite like the appearance of the Dolomite Sprint wheels on my Triumph Toledo, but appropriate tyres of the widths & aspect ratios I would wish to use, are either unavailable or likely to be progressively less readily available and relatively more expensive, than future-proofing the car by substituting compatible 15 inch wheels, with either 55-Series, 60-Series or 65-Series tyres; given that I would probably need to replace my existing 30+ year old Firestone S211, 185/70 R13 tyres before I put the car back on the road.
These days, the most common sizes of wheels used on modern cars and relatively modern cars, appear to be of 15 & 16 inches diameter. Similarly, 16 inch wheels with 65-Series commercial-van tyres, seem to be an almost de facto standard for the majority of non car-derived vans, manufactured during the past 10 years or so.
You should be okay Nigel.
The problem I mentioned was on Sprints. From your car's "hybrid" description I had presumed
you have a Sprint axle, because it makes sense to employ such on a tow car.....you did say your
Toledo towed a caravan, did you not?
After reading your last post, I am now thinking it has a Toledo axle!?
My 1974 Triumph Toledo 1300 presently has its original Toledo rear axle (4·11 : 1 final-drive ratio) but at sometime in the future I might substitute a Triumph 1500TC rear axle (3·89 : 1 final-drive ratio) which I acquired about two months ago. It's questionable whether my 1296 cm³ displacement, 58 bhp engine could cope with a Dolomite Sprint rear axle!?!
During my refurbishment programme, I intend to complete installation of a second-hand Dolomite towing bracket that I bought and partially fitted during the late-1980s, unless I can find a Toledo specific towing bracket.
My intention is have the facility to tow a modest-sized baggage or goods trailer, but it's debatable whether I would ever tow a caravan (gross weight < 750 kg) using the Toledo, given that I also have a 1973 VW "1600" Type 2 Westfalia Continental campervan, with 1911 cm³ displacement, circa 90 bhp, VW Type 4 style air-cooled engine .
Nigel A. Skeet
Independent tutor of mathematics, physics, technology & engineering, for secondary, tertiary, further & higher education.
Upgraded 1974 Triumph Toledo 1300 (Toledo / Dolomite HL / Sprint hybrid)
Onetime member + magazine editor & technical editor of Volkswagen Type 2 Owners' Club