17x7 4.75 bs
Thanks for all the opinions so far, I've got some more questions:
I've looked at a couple of cars with 17X8 4.5 BS, and I see that it does push the tire very far out toward the fender lip. I would prefer the wheel pulled in a little more (for clearance reasons), and according to my math, a 17X7 with a 4.75 BS would provide a full 1.25 additional clearance. Why don't more people run something like that? Is it mostly an appearance issue, where people want to run a closer gap to the fender?
Also, most of the non-custom BS wheels I am finding seem to be 17X7 4" and 17X8 4.5 (basically 0 offset for vintage cars, and maybe another version with 30+mm offset for newer cars). Does anyone know of and affordable five spoke style (decent quality) 17 X 7 4.25+ BS? As far as the 17X8 4.75, the MB old school is the only affordable option I am aware of, I may wind up going that route, although I think that would still be a little closer to the fender than I am comfortable with.
Also, to zray's point - I do agree that these cars tend to look better with the 15s and taller sidewall, but the tire selection is so poor these days (and probably will be worse in 5 years when I need another set), I feel like I would basically married to those Avon's if I went 15, and praying they didn't go extinct down the road.