8: Plastic Wheel Covers
Plastic wheel covers aka hub caps were the norm during the ’80s. With compact cars the norm, automakers needed a way to dress the wheels up. The problem with plastic hubcaps is that they would become damaged quite easily. The cost to replace them was high if you were going for an OEM option. Automakers eventually switched to alloy rims which is what we have today.
Having an actual wheel has a lot of advantages over the old plastic wheel covers. The quality is a lot better and you can take a corner without worrying about the hub caps flying off. Automakers have come a long way when it comes to wheel design, even though the ’80s were a time of innovation and creativity.