Afternoon Accessories: OZ Racing 17×8 Magnesium wheels

I still remember well the first time I got to hold a magnesium wheel – I was at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, and a bit of a joking and free-loving owner of a Pantera literally threw one – complete with steam-roller tire – towards me with the tagline “Here, catch!”. Grimacing in the impending pain I was about to experience as this dishwasher-box sized wheel lobbed at me came closer, I reached out and caught it, fearful that I would be on the hook for the wheel’s cost when I dropped it even though this joker wouldn’t be by my hospital bed for the multi-week recovery from my collapsed lungs and broken ribs. To my shock, I caught the wheel, and my tensed muscles experienced nearly no shock. It was comical how light the wheel was; something I wouldn’t experience again until I picked up a Formula One Ferrari wheel years later. Today, there is a set of ultra-rare OZ Racing wheels on Ebay for a very reasonable price:

Year: 1993
Model: Tarmac Rally
Diameter: 17″
Width: 8″
Bolt Pattern: 4×108
Offset: Not Listed
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: $1,155 Buy It Now

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Hello,

I’m selling an original OZ Racing Magnesium Wheels, extremely strong and light. For more information about the wheels – please contact me.

They are:
4 wheels 17″x8J, 4x108mm bolts.

You’re probably not in the magnesium wheel market, but generally sets of real racing wheels trade for $4,000-$10,000 depending on rarity, weight and producer. OZ is best known for its magnesium rally wheels, which these are. Probably originally specified for a Audi or Ford product, they’re in the correct bolt circle to mount onto mid-80s to mid-90s small chassis Audis. Personally, I think these would look stellar cleaned up and mounted on a tricked out Coupe Quattro or 4000 Quattro. As with all magnesium wheels and especially Rally wheels, I’d want to get these X-rayed prior to heavy use. At a little over $1,100, these are just about as good of a deal as is possible with real magnesium wheels!

-Carter

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3 Comments

  1. If I recall correctly, it would be important to xray or otherwise check the structural integrity of older magnesium wheels before using them– the ad fails to disclose if this has been done. Failing to do so can be catastrophic.

  2. David, you’re absolutely correct – I mentioned that point in my write up. Especially as these are rally wheels, they probably took some hits along the way – though magnesium has a tendency to break when hit really, really hard, if that’s a positive on these wheels – as they don’t show major impacts.

  3. I used to have a set of OZ F1 Cup wheels in anthracite w/the yellow lettering…
    and they were nothing like these…!…LOL
    these are beautiful & a very solid price….even if ridden hard..unless you clipped a curb really really hard these should be fine….very very strong wheels…

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