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Tires on '80 MB 450SL?

We have a very nice condition 1980 MB 450SL w/ 66k original miles on it. No rust problems evident (not even in the forward engine wells). Minor wear in the interior. Everything works. Strong engine, transmission, etc., including factory size tires (newer, but on 14" chrome spoke knock off type wheels). Would like to put on 15 inch wheels and wider tires.

Question #1: What is the widest (safe) recommended tire width for this car?
Question #2: What are some aftermarket wheel manufacturers for after market wheels for this car? So far, I have found the available market quite limited.
Question #3: The rear end on this car tends to squat just a bit compared to the front end. Recommended ideas on correcting this problem? Would a different wheel size on the rear compared to the front be a recommended way to correct this issue? Is it an issue at all?
Question #4: Has anyone swapped out the original seats for Reccaro easy-in/easy-out type of (leather) seats? Any problems encountered w/ this change out?

Thank you for your help. This is our first MB and we love driving and owing it very much. Sunny days in Alaska just aren't the same anymore. They are much better!
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