Back in March I ordered four (4) reproduction Rallye II wheels through Restoration Performance Center. I ordered through them for two reasons:
1) They advertise wheels manufactured by Specialty Wheel, and I've read many favorable opinions about them and their quality.
2) Their frieght/shipping charges were slightly lower than ordering direct from the manufacturer.
It took more than three months for the wheels to arrive (today). I was patient because the seller was telling me the manufacturer was out of stock and had to build more. I was ok with that.
However, what arrived at my door today, three months since I paid for them, were four wheels from Wheel Vintiques.
Bear is not happy.
UPDATE: I spoke with both Specialty Wheel and RPC today. Apparently Coker Tire has bought both Specialty Wheel -and- Wheel Vintiques. Both companies now share a common distribution facility, but still have separate manufacturing.
Using the stamped manufacturing codes on the inside of the inner rim, Specialty confirmed with me that I do have their wheels. Apparently they were just sent in the 'other' boxes.
Ok then. Bear is once more his usual bubbly self
.... but unfortunately, it didn't last. See my next post in this thread.