1968 Shelby Cobra with Steel rims and Hubcaps

I mentioned how I got these NOS Shelby ten spoke aluminum wheels on my Shelby. The car came from the factory with steel rims & hubcaps. They were still with the car when I got it. I mentioned elsewhere that all the 1968 Shelby Mustangs came with steel rims and hubcaps. The Kelsey Hayes single piston discs wouldn’t fit inside the 15″ ten spoke aluminum rims. Back in 1983 when I ordered the ten spoke rims I had no idea. I assumed this car just didn’t have the aluminum rims. And one of my wheels, KH brakes rubbed. A grinder in the right place quickly fixed that issue.

It came with Goodyear Speedway 350 E70-15″. These tires were bias belted. This is before radial tires were available.

The ten spoke aluminum rims on it, and pictured above, are directly from Shelby American back about 1983. These rims are 15″ x 7″ wide.

By the way, all those new, high speed tires do not come in 15″ sizes. They are for 16=20″ rims. BF Goodrich is one of the FEW companies left that make any kind of performance tires for a 15″ rim. A couple of summers ago I put new Goodrich TA’s on it.

BF Goodrich White Letter Performance All Season

Front Tires 215/65R15 95S SL
Rear Tires 245/60R15 – 100S SL (same height but rear tires are about an inch wider.)

  • S speed rating allows for continuous use up to 112 mph

P215/60R15 / P245/60R15

  • UTOG 400 A B
  • Max Load 1,345 lbs.
  • Max Inflation pressure 35 psi
  • Tread Depth 11/32″
  • Tire weight 22 lbs / 30 lbs
  • Rim Width Range 6-7.5″ / 7-8.5″
  • Measured rim width 6.5″ / 7″
  • Sect Width 8.7″ / 9.8″
  • Tread width 7.2″ / 8.3″
  • Overall diameter 24.2″ / 26.6″
  • Revs per mile 861 / 782
  • Country of origin MX

Quick story. I had Goodyear ST’s on it. Put them on it late 80’s. Probably didn’t have 10,000 miles on them. They looked like new tires. I was talking to a tire dealership client about cars and stuff and asked him how long those radial tires were good for? He said normally about 6-8 years max. Really? I did a Google search and found numerous discussions in the different car forums about guys who did what I did. Put tires on my classic car much more than 10 years ago. The tires look like new. The owner was surprised driving down the highway and the tires come apart. The belts break, get loose or whatever inside the tire. Many stories about that happening. I was shocked and put new tires on my car. Tires are a very important item on a car. I’ve never run questionable tires on a car.