1967 Giulia Super: Best Options for Wheels/Tires Approximating Original Tire Size?
I have a 1967 Giulia Super that a previous owner fitted with a 2.0 engine, Koni shocks F/R, and slightly lower (0.5-0.75") springs. I mostly drive it on weekends and in casual Northern California vintage rally events like the Snowball, Motherlode 400, Faultline 500, and California Melee. All of these events include at least a few miles of gravel roads and ground clearance can be a big deal.
Current wheels are (original Alfa) Cromodora's marked 6"J x 14" H2 offset 22 shod with Sumitomo HTR200 185/70R14 tires translating to a diameter of 24.2" and width of 7.3". These seem to fit okay and I only notice rubbing at the extents of steering travel. Based on the offset comments in this forum, I suspect the wheels were machined to increase the offset to greater than 22mm.
I would like to install new wheels and tires that most closely approximate the original "skinny" tires used on the Giulia Super. Partly because I don't like the aesthetics of the Cromodora wheels, and partly because I don't drive the car particularly hard and I expect stock tire sizes will make for more pleasant handling characteristics.
There are a *lot* of posts about wheel and tire sizes on these forums, but it seems like most folks are focused on fitting fatter tires whereas I'm going the opposite direction.
Any recommendations for sizes and sources for wheels and tires that most closely approximate original sizes and aesthetics? I'm in the U.S. where wheel and tire selection might be dissimilar to Europe, the UK, and other parts of the world. And as above, I don't drive this car particularly hard, so I'm not intent on obtaining super sticky rubber.
In addition to the wheel/tire change, I will be investigating restoring the car to its original ride height via stock spring lengths or spacers.
Last edited by ducsingle; 07-24-2016 at 10:24 PM.