Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: United Kingdom
County: South Yorkshire
Well I'm no expert on this sort of thing regarding if they are genuine, however looking underneath on the inside of the wheel I saw they had the Prodrive and England markings melded/etched into it, along with I think a number and a symbol. Now again my knowledge is not the best on this sort of thing but after seeing pics of the inside of a genuine gunmetal gray wheel the markings were the same. The weight as I just found out does seem to fit in thereabouts with what they should weigh. Plus just generally looking I do get the sense they are genuine, the quality looks very good. Again though there are people more clued up than I am on this, I am just going by doing my best researching beforehand and getting a general idea.
They aren't cheap, no point hiding from that haha and understandably to probably a vast majority it is too expensive to justify. Different strokes for different folks I guess. For me while it is a lot, given that I don't drive my Spider every day being a second all for fun car that has low miles, along with the looks I feel it will benefit it just in general really.
You may be better off doing what has already been mentioned in this thread which is to get a set of more common gunmetal grey ones and have them repainted. You may have to look around a bit still but I can say I saw a brand new set that got sold for around £700 on eBay a couple months or so ago. So even with repainting the total probably would be quite a bit less still. Silver sets do appear but hardly ever, I saw an auction which included tyres this April which I think went for just shy of £1000, so still cheaper, but very much once every blue moon so you need to be there, ready and always checking. Going back a fair few years ago there were a lot more silver ones for sale here and most likely eBay, sadly I was in no general and financial position to be wanting to buy an Alfa Romeo at all back then so I was late to the party to the point where at this present time they are becoming rarer.
Oh yeah, that's another great thing about the 5 holes, along with me preferring the look, as you said cleaning them is a lot easier, my MiTo has the 17's of them and it takes not a lot of effort compared to some wheels.
Last edited by Jean_Luc Picard; 22-12-15 at 13:03.