Coker Tire is where the rubber meets the road, particularly for classic cars. Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Coker is the go-to place for collector vehicle owners who want vintage-style tires to match their cars’ original rubber.
Coker Tire retains the appearance of vintage tires by employing original molds or new molds made from original drawings, while using modern materials. Coker sells its own brand of bias ply and radial tires (Coker Classic), but it also offers Firestone, Michelin, BF Goodrich, and Uniroyal, among others.
It all began more than six decades ago, when Harold Coker opened a tire and service center in 1958. He eventually gave his son, Corky Coker, the opportunity to manage the antique division, which at the time made up just a small percentage of the overall business. Through Corky Coker’s vision and hard work, the antique division became the company’s primary focus.
Corky Coker retired in 2014. Wade Kawasaki took over as company president, and he purchased Coker Tire, in partnership with Irving Place Capital, in November 2018.
Coker, the world’s largest manufacturer of specialty tires and wheels for collector vehicles, offers a variety of tires—including white-walls and redlines—for everything from antique cars and hot rods to motorcycles and military vehicles.