Firebirds and Trans Ams have A LOT of style from the factory. They were a little gaudy (in a good way) which pinned down the style to that era. It was gaudy with style. A lot of people like me liked that kind of flavor often because it represents a time and a style of days we want to remember.
With such a huge selection of new fancy cookie cutter rims I have some how become more old school. I absolutely HATE 16, 17" rims on older cars. I hate rims where the face is at the outside of the wheel. I realize the advantage for brakes. I hate low profile tires on older cars. I see them done and they look like a trend; baggy jeans around some ones waste with their underwear hanging out.
New cars designed around low profile cookie cutter tires, fine. It is how they were designed. I truly believe one day people will wake up and go "Wow, smaller rim, lots of rubber, cool idea!" I like rubber and proper rim size on an old car. If it's a drag racer bigger rim is fine along with a bigger tire.
Cookie cutter, gold jewelry "Mr T" fashion rims just don't do it for me. I like the older cast looking, or rims of the era. I had a flat on my 73 TA one day, ran home and grabbed my 76' Olds Cutlass rims. I was surprised how good they looked.
I have a 73 with Honey combs (which are not for everyone). The stock tires did seem kind of thin or small so I put slightly larger tires which fill up the wheel well better:
I also have a Pantera I am building. Many people like the larger 17"/19" wheels for these cars. Everyone seems to go that way so a lot jump on the band wagon. I absolutely hate it. It cheapens the car. Makes them look like Toyotas or hondas:
Its like taking a rubix cube form the 70's and painting it with modern paint. It's no longer a 70's rubix cube but a cheap trinket.
I had 17" wheels on mine which I did not care for before the restoration. found some of the old Group 4 racing wheels for the Pantera which take it back to 1971 racing Lemans!
While the car is not exactly a 1971 version so to speak I like the feel the rims of that era give it.