"Oh yea...they're quite small, 15s right?"
"what's this "quite" shit? I hear it on TV, radio, and now from you. "quite this, quite that, oh and isn't this quite lovely"...is speaking Her Majesty's English some sort of phase or are you just trying to sound sophisticated? putting sentences on doilies makes you sound like a jerk-off."
"Perhaps you need some alone time..."
these days, simplicity seems impossible. it shouldn't be. individuality doesn't need embellishment; a few visual cues are enough. the eyes beg for a chance to rest and absorb details without distraction. do that and something magical happens—clarity.
the Van Gogh'd 944 did just that. subtle details told a story; I dog-eared the 15" phone dials.
their rarity was clear. these weren't phonies that came standard on 1987-1989 944s. the sunk in centers exposed enough lip to give them away; these were early — the 23,3mm offset kind.
in 1984, the 911 Carrera replaced old pops SC. the 3,0 became 3,2 and while the SCs rolled on 15" ATS wheels as standard, the Carrera would upgrade its new look with phone dials.
the 17 year old Fuchs remained an option. M395 got you the 16s while M401 took away an inch with 15s...M348 painted them Grand Prix Weiß. the 930 and 911 with option M491 (Turbo look) got the 16" Fuchs standard.
the phonies on a 911 was something to get used to. it wasn't the wheel, Porschistas had seen them with the birth of the 928. the cat's lick was looking at the thing wearing phonies...but you had a choice to make them go away for some extra baksheesh.
the 911 Carrera had staggered phonies. the fronts were 6J X 15 (911 361 023 46) with a 36mm offset, the rears used 7J X 15 (911 362 104 00) showing some lip with 23,3mm offsets. the 944 (1984 Swiss/1986 US) would use the 911's rear set on the front and back; same part number, same offset. there are exceptions with the possibility of 1984-1986 US cars wearing these as an "option" from the factory, Porsche could be very accommodating.
944 — early offset/suspension geometry pre-ABS
- 1984-1986 — 7J X 15 cast silver metallic alloy wheel (phone dial) ET23,3 part number 911 362 104 00. standard Switzerland 1984/standard US 1986 (except Turbo from 1986) — quantity of 4
- 1987-1989 — 7J X 15 cast silver metallic alloy wheel (phone dial) ET52,3 part number 944 362 104 00. standard worldwide (except Turbo/S2) — quantity of 4
- 1984-1989 — 6J X 15 cast silver metallic alloy wheel (phone dial) ET23,3 part number 911 361 023 46 - front
- 1984-1989 — 7J X 15 cast silver metallic alloy wheel (phone dial) ET23,3 part number 911 362 104 00 - rear