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Mystery (to me) solved!

So Freddy threw a curveball my way today, asking whether I knew what these wheels were:

(be warned, biggest name drop post EVER. hey, just shows that i know 4 people! lol) My knowledge of nostalgic and classic wheels is very limited. Mr Farm of Minds himself suggested that they resemble American Racing Libres. I think we all spent a few hours on Google and figured that Libres never came in such sexy widths nor offsets.. Plus, the wheels in question had 4 small “nipples” between each spoke, which eliminated the 4 spoke Watanabes as well, as Lance suggested..  ( photo courtesy of sixsylinder )

Mr. Farm of Minds, being the master of the google, came back with this badass coffee table:

So I asked a friend of mine, who’s extremely knowledgeable in all things JNC about the mystery wheels. Once again, he hit the nail on the head. Here’s his response:

“Big dollar items. They were Nissan Factory Racing wheels for the 240ZR. Magnesium. Very small lot made. A very desired item even in Japan… Not sure why, but these rims are referred as “Gotti” wheels. Not sure if it has any connection with the wheel company Gotti.”

Here’s some more info, from ClassicZcars.com:

“The four spoke wheels in your pic were indeed originally made by Kobe Seiko. KS made the original magnesium wheels for the 432R, the original ‘Works’ rally mags – which were never sold to the general public – the original Sports Option magnesium eight spokes for the 432R ( which were later offered for the HS30 ) and also these super-wide four spokes. They came in more than one size. 

In Japan, these wide four-spokes have been called “Gotti” mags for a long time – although as far as I am aware they were not a direct crib of a Gotti design, and they were manufactured by Kobe Seiko exclusively for Nissan’s Works race use. They even have the little Nissan ‘hamburger’ mark cast into them. “Gotti” might be a nickname linked to a design that they resemble, as Gotti is a famous wheel brand in Europe. They were not actually sold to the general public, but like most things in race use they mostly seem to be owned by private individuals these days.”

NameDropWhore OUT!

7 responses

  1. Freddy

    Thats awesome..thanks for the help!
    Haha

    March 1, 2011 at 9:14 am

  2. I love this crap.

    Awesome research. I have saved this post into my archives of unicorn parts.

    WANT!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 1, 2011 at 11:25 am

  3. COOLBEANS! I wonder how much a set of those go for…

    March 1, 2011 at 7:32 pm

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