I remember back in high school that if you had a car and wanted to make it look faster you’d simply slap on some white lettered tires and wallah – instant horsepower! White lettered tires back then were the equivalent of what big wings on imports are today. Sure they look good (well sometimes), but at the end of the day they end up doing less then nothing in terms of performance. I have to admit though that they do look good on certain vehicles. Muscle cars for example, with stock rally or steel wheels look great with the white lettered writing facing outward. Take this beauty of a Plymouth Road Runner for example… we’ve got stock 15-inch rally wheels and a great looking set of BF Goodrich Radial T/A’s. The entire combination just screams VINTAGE while enhancing the entire look of the car.
However put those same tires on a car that’s say, 40 years newer and for some reason they just don’t seem to work as well. Obviously it’s all personal preference, but in my opinion if you’re going for that stock look on stock wheels, then it has to be letters out. Anything else must be reserved for black walls only. That’s my opinion, but what do you guys think?