THE 10 SPOKE PAGE
Today 10 spoke wheels are very popular on 1968 Shelbys. There have been several variations of the wheel.
The Shelby Wheel Company (separate from Shelby Automotive) continued to make the wheel after 1970.
Not many cars received factory
10 spoke wheels. Only three 1968s have been documented leaving the factory with 10 spoke wheels.
I spoke with one original owner about 10 spoke wheels. Dan purchased a new GT500 KR in the summer of 1968.
He told me, 10 spokes were not available from the dealership.
I have installed 10 spokes on several cars. Often times there are clearance problems with disc brake
calipers on 1968s. The calipers can be modified to accept the wheels with some grinding.
We can look at a number of features to identify these wheels. The first is the spoke design.
Tapered spokes are more narrow on the rim and wider at the center of the wheel.
The next thing to look at is the position of the valve stem.
Finally, the type of lug nut used will determine how the mounting holes are drilled in the wheel.
The Best 10 spoke Wheel Chart
||Valve Stem Location
||Lug Nut hole design
||1960s version w/ Part No.|
||w/o raised area; w/o Part No.
||on rim||flat face
||between spokes||flat face
||on rim ||flat face
||on rim ||countersunk
||on rim ||countersunk
This wheel is listed on the chart above as "version 1".
The spokes have a slight taper to them and the valve stem is on the rim. The holes for the lug nuts are countersunk. This wheel matches some early 1968 press photographs. The wheel has a "S7MS-1007-D" part number cast into the back. Other wheels may also have this casting.
This wheel is also Version 1. The raised area around the lug holes, in the back of wheel is another indication. You have to look at all the features.
There is also a second version of the original wheel. It has no raised area on the backside, it also has no part number casting. The other features are the same.
This wheel is listed on the chart above as "version 4.
The spokes have a slight taper to them and the valve stem is on the rim. The holes for the lug nuts have a flat surface.
This wheel is listed on the chart above as "version 5".
The spokes have a slight taper to them and the valve stem is between the spokes. The holes for the lug nuts are flat. The lug nut uses a washer behind it.
This wheel is listed on the chart above as "version 6".
The spokes are straight and the valve stem is on the rim. The holes for the lug nuts flat.
I believe this wheel is from the 1980s.
I will post other pictures as they become available.
WARNING: Do not mix lug nuts. If your wheel has a flat surface for the lug nut hole,
only use a lug with a corresponding flat bottom.
If you have a wheel design not listed in the chart, please let me know. A picture would be helpful.
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