I am planning to buy a Mk1 Roadster and would like to know the forums views on wire versus alloy wheel. I know the alloys are a bit lighter....I dont know how much,....and therefore the unsprung weight is better with alloys.Could anyone tell from driving the car what wheels were fitted? Anyone know the cost to swop hubs etc for the other wheels?
Wires are gorgeous. However... I owned a '71 Plus 8 for a very long time (miss it LOTS), and I always loved the alloys -- they were one of the distinguishing features of the Plus 8. Since the Roadster basically took over from the Plus 8 when the Rover V8 went away, IMO the Plus 8 alloy wheel is entirely appropriate -- and distinctive -- on a Roadster. It is a lot lighter than the wires, so the benefit to ride and handling is significant.