Update (6/15/15): A few people had responded to my blog/forum posts/Craigslist ad and I was lucky enough to find a buyer for the wheels and tires today. The buyer is putting them on his own C5 Corvette after getting them touched up and into showroom condition. I hope he shares a few pics with me, so that I can update this blog down the road!
I recently upgraded the wheels and bought new tires for my 2002 Corvette Z06 and I’ve had the old wheels and tires sitting in my garage for a couple weeks, so I thought I’d try and sell them. I’m writing this blog, posting them in a couple area Corvette forums, and listing them on Craigslist this weekend. I decided that I’d buy new tires this spring and while I was shopping for tires I got the urge to get my car looking closer to stock by putting a set of the original wheels on my car.
The wheels are HRE 547s with the standard step lip, it’s an old model from HRE Wheels which apparently are no longer listed on their website. When I bought the car, they could be found under the “Past Collections” section, but as of the writing of this blog I’m not able to find them there anymore. If you’d like to see the HRE 547s from another source, there are usually a few sets listed on eBay for sale.
I don’t know much about the wheels. They were on the car when I bought it from Carmax three years ago and they had the typical amount of wear & tear on them. I’m sure in the three years I’ve owned the Z06, I’ve probably added a bit of wear myself. The wheels are all the stock size for the C5 Z06: 17x9.5” up front and 18x10.5” in the back.
The tires are also the stock sizes for the C5 Z06: 265/40/17 for the front and 295/35/18 in the rear. They’re Continental Extreme Contact DW Tuned. I wound up replacing the tires mostly because I wanted to have some fun on some brand-new tires but also secondarily because the rear tires were getting close to needing replacement. I decided to include the tires just in case someone was upgrading the wheels on their Corvette and didn’t have new tires to put on them.
Considering the condition of the wheels and the prices I’ve found on similar wheels across the Internet, I think $1000 for all four wheels and tires is a fair price.
I’d like to avoid the hassle of shipping & handling, so at the moment I’m only considering offers from buyers in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area here in Texas.
If you have any questions, please feel free to use the comments below and I’ll answer them as quickly as I can. If you prefer anonymity, please feel free to send me an e-mail.
I think the price is pretty competitive but I’m also willing to consider offers. However, I’m not really willing to consider low-ball offers. Any offer below 90% of the price above is going to be rejected and probably ignored. If it turns out my price is unrealistic, I’ll lower the price. Please hold on to your offer until it’s within 90% of the price.
This weekend I took the wheels out of the garage and detailed them (I’m not a very good detailer) so that I could take some pictures. The pictures haven’t been altered at all for this blog. If you’d like, here’s a ZIP file containing all the pictures (39 pictures, 76MB) that you can download and look at on your own. Where there’s wear and tear on the wheels, I tried to take close-up pictures so you can see the condition the wheels are in. The resolution of the pictures is 3648 X 2048, so don’t forget to zoom in!