How To Customise Your First Set Of Wheels

Passing your driving test is an incredible feeling. Which is quickly followed by the excitement of looking for your very first car. Having overcome one of the biggest tests of your life, the hunt for a new car can be a difficult one. Which is why some new drivers opt for a cool old classic car as their first set of wheels. Not everyone likes the idea of tricking out their first car, especially if it is a vintage classic. The good news is that you don’t have to go overboard with your modifications. You can fit custom upgrades and still look good, whilst retaining the classic style which makes old cars so cool.

How To Customise Your First Set Of Wheels
Even classic supercars had a bit of bling to enhance their looks

Just to be clear you don’t need 300lb subwoofers and shiny gold rims for the wheels. Customising your very first car doesn’t mean that you have to challenge Snoop Dogg, or go down the Pimp My Ride route. That won’t be to everyone’s tastes. What is important however is making your new classic car personal to you. This can be anything from private number plates to decals of daisies across the door of the car. When you do it right, your car can have a custom look that is unique and stands out from the crowd.

Get A Grip

Upgrading wheels is usually the first port of call when getting your very first car. A new set of Minilites or wire spoke rims can really set your classic off. They are the pieces of jewelry that can really enhance an old cars looks.

How To Customise Your First Set Of Wheels
We’d all love a set of wheels off a Lamborghini Miura… it’s nice to dream!

Of course buying new rims means getting a set of new tyres. Which can actually be a good thing as a brand new set of rubber will help your classic grip the road. And as a new driver, anything that can help your confidence behind the wheel is always welcome.

Wheel Change

After changing the four wheels attached to your classic, another upgrade option is its steering wheel. Now this might be controversial as steering wheels on old cars always look cool and can have a lot of character. And if the steering wheel is original, you might not want to change it. They are usually a lot larger than modern day steering wheels and have a retro look that only a classic can have.

How To Customise Your First Set Of Wheels
There’s nothing quite like an old steering wheel in a classic car

Sometimes old steering wheels can be too big, which can make changing gear difficult, especially if your classic is tight on space. If you’ve just passed your driving test, the last thing you need is a car that is difficult to drive. So swapping out the original wheel for smaller diameter Motalita type design can be a good move. Plus it retains the period retro look.


Having comfortable seats in a car is very important and makes it more useable on a day to day basis. Changing a classics original seats is again another controversial option.

How To Customise Your First Set Of Wheels
Old car seats have the look but they might not always be the most comfortable

But if you want to sit in something with a bit more comfort and have better lumbar support, then swapping the seats if always a good move. And if the budget stretches to it, a set of period style bucket seats would be the way to go.

New Sound

Installing a new sound system is another top upgrade item when you get your first car. Classics don’t always have the best stereos since they hail from a different era. Plus you might actually prefer listening to the sound of the engine.

How To Customise Your First Set Of Wheels
These days you can install a new stereo and keep the original to preserve the character

But there are lots of options out there for classic cars and you can install a new system that doesn’t ruin the look of your car. You could get a system that can link your smartphone, so you can play your music in your car and get directions too. Which is the ideal combination for that classic car roadtrip!

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