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White Walls Yes/No?

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debrujr J D
Arkansas, USA   USA
I haven't seen many Bs with white walls (maybe rightfully so confused smiley ). Do they look atrocious or just not a common styling preference? I had seen Will.I.Am.'s "corvette" a while back which has a custom set of wheels that mimic white walls and thought it may look decent on my B. I threw the below images together just to give me an idea of what it would look like and I honestly don't hate it. I apologize if I used one of your pics to try it out on grinning smiley . My car is still a long way out so I needed a good model...

The original car was green, I changed to B&W to mimic the black color.

I was bored....

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riley1489 Gold Member Bruce Hopgood
Great White North, QC, Canada   CAN
1953 Jaguar XK120
1959 Riley 1.5 "King George"
1973 MG MGB
Nothing as dramatic as you show, my 1973 Canadian car came from the factory shod in Dunlop with white walls,


I have always been mad!

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mowogman Bryan Frazier
Top image kind of has a clean retro-modern-performance look. I like it.
In the second photo the white walls dont fit the overall aggressive look of that car.

It comes down to the rest of your car, the wheels just need to fit the total package.

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JMoore John Moore
Clifton Park, NY, USA   USA
If the car has modern styling like yours, then I don't like it so much. Your wheels are too modern. Now if the car has an early 60's look, I think they look great.

The white walls in my avatar are going on my bugeye, which has a very 50's look.

John Moore

'70 MGB, '68 MGBGT, '99 Land Rover Discovery II, '61 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite

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JMoore John Moore
Clifton Park, NY, USA   USA
This MGB has a more 60's look and the white walls look great.

John Moore

'70 MGB, '68 MGBGT, '99 Land Rover Discovery II, '61 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite

debrujr J D
Arkansas, USA   USA
Definitely see what you all are getting at. I guess when I had seen the wheels on his car (below) they blended the modern and classic look which made me wonder how well it could be done with a B. Maybe my interest shouldn't be in the white wall tires themselves but finding a similar wheel. I intend to "modernize" the look of mine but would still like to keep a lot of the classic cues. Who knows.. Unfortunately I have plenty of time to think about it.

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ohlord Gold Member Rob C
North of Seattle, N.W., USA   USA
1957 Land Rover Series I "EYEYIYI"
1971 MG MGB
1971 MG MGB "Bedouin 2"
A 1962 Iris Blue. Sure. Anything else,nope.
personal preference.winking smiley

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mowog1 Gold Member Rick Ingram
Saint Joseph, Illinois, USA   USA
1969 MG MGC "Vicky"
1972 MG MGB "Mallard"
1974 MG MGB GT V8 Conversion "The V8"
1978 MG MGB "Maggie"    & more
The w/w looks great on the Corvette....not so much on the MGB.

My opinion.

It's your car!

I agree with John Moore...w/w's look great on the early MGBs, especially with disc wheels.

My 1978 MGb also came from the factory with thin w/w Dunlops on RoStyles, similar to those pictured by Bruce Hopgood.

Curious...what do you have as a drivetrain?

I notice the drilled/slotted rotors front and rear.....unless they are a Photoshoppe for effect?

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debrujr J D
Arkansas, USA   USA
Neither of those cars are mine. I just picked out a few pics from a Google search that had the car in the stance that I wanted and then overlaid the wheels from the pics of the corvette. That isn't me that disappears in the photo either. spinning smiley sticking its tongue out A few minutes of photo editing and voila an MGB with the vette wheels as well as rotors etc...

PaulH Paul Erslev
Annapolis, MD, USA   USA
1969 MG MGB "Betsy"
X2 Rick. When I ordered my B, I had an option for WW tires. Not for me. Your car.

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tedjr Silver Member Ted R. Schneider Jr.
Akron, Ohio, USA   USA
1974 MG MGB "Ruby"
1974 MG MGB GT "The Orphan"
Your call JD,
Heritage Certificate states mine came off the assembly line with whitewall tyres. I personally, like the look, especially with the Damask Red exterior and non-standard black Rostyles

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fthemanj Freddy Jones
Raleigh, NC, USA   USA
1961 MG MGA
1974 MG MGB
If you're making a statement of style (like the Corvette), then go for it. It's a cool look.

If you're trying to get back to original, then WWs look good on early 60's models, but not so great on later ones.

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Benny Silver Member Ben E
San Diego, CA, USA   USA
My '66 had whitewalls originally....

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Jim K James A. Krasnansky
Liberty, KY, USA   USA
1970 MG MGB GT "Chloe"
1971 MG MGB GT "Roscoe"
1972 MG MGB "Camilla"
I put studded tires on mine once. At first, I was embarassed about it, but they were worth it. Blackwalls, however.

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pinkyponk Gold Member Adrian Page
Berwick, Nova Scotia, Canada   CAN
This one looks great.

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