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There Were Once Teddy Bear Alloy Wheels

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author photo by Doug DeMuro October 2016

Fact of the day: There were once teddy bear alloy wheels. Allow me to repeat this, slowly. A company. Once made. Alloy wheels. With teddy bears on them. And people bought them! Not people you and I would know, of course, but people who attempt to pay with a check at the grocery store.

I was reminded of these teddy bear wheels a few days ago, when my friend Sam sent me a picture of a vehicle he saw with them. But this was not my first teddy bear wheel encounter. Oh, no. That came way back in the 1990s, when wheel companies used to advertise in the back of car magazines with photographs of all the wheels they had for sale. You'd see normal wheel, normal wheel, normal wheel, normal wheel ... wheel with a teddy bear on it.

So what's the story with these things? Well, apparently they were made by a company named Ronal, which makes an enormous amount of wheels for an enormous amount of applications, none of which include teddy bears. But then they also make the teddy bear wheels, so from now on I will think of Ronal as "the company that makes teddy bear wheels."

What sorts of vehicles do the teddy bear wheels fit? Well, if you're thinking of getting them for your car, the answer is: Not yours. But I admit there are pictures on the internet of a wide variety of cars with teddy bear wheels, including a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, a Mazda Miata, a Volkswagen Corrado and a Volkswagen GTI. I suspect these people are doing it ironically, which is probably the opposite of what Ronal was thinking when they designed the wheel. They were probably thinking the wheels would be purchased by people who go to PT Cruiser meetups.

Anyway, the teddy bear wheel situation seems to be all over now, and you probably won't be able to find a set for sale anywhere online. I know this because I went on eBay and typed in "teddy bear wheels," and the only thing that showed up were a bunch of vintage stuffed teddy bears on wheels. Some of them make noise.

So the teddy bear wheels are gone, and we must now admire them from afar. This is probably a good thing. Let's leave the 1990s in the past, teddy bears and all.

Teddy Bear Wheels

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