Finding the right tire for your vintage car, truck, or motorcycle has never been easier, as more and more big manufacturers expand their product ranges mindful of the classic scene’s demands. Some fresh additions are pretty particular, like Bridgestone’s Jaguar XJ220 tires, Vredestein’s 15-inch rubber for the Audi Ur-Quattro, or Yokohama’s Advan HF Type D for more recent Japanese sports cars. Recently, Yokohama also went on to announce more 14- and 15-inch vintage pattern radials for poster children of the ’60s and ’70s, while Pirelli stepped into Dunlop’s game by offering cross-ply performance tires, mostly for Italian exotica.
When it comes to American classics, Tennessee-based Coker Tire already refers to itself as the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of collector vehicle and motorcycle tires; but just to further cement that position, Coker will now offer vintage Avon Tyres along with Dunlops and its own bias-ply and radial Coker Classics, which include whitewalls and Redlines.
Perhaps better known for its racing slicks and motorcycle rubber, British Avon Tyres was the choice of Aston Martin, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, and Rover in the olden days and, more recently, represented TVR’s supplier at the time of the new Griffith’s launch.
Avon’s high-performance speed-rated bias-ply and radial tire line, which is now available in America, includes five designs. We’ll detail each below.
The Turbospeed is a range of bias-ply and radial tires, designed for sports cars and luxury sedans from the 1940s through the 1970s. It will be available in nine sizes to fit 13-, 15-, and 16-inch wheels, with speed ratings of S, H, and V depending on tire size.
For even faster machinery, there’s the Turbosteel line, which is a steel-belted radial tire for 15- and 16-inch wheels. Available in 70- and 80-series aspect ratios in sizes such as 185/R16 and 235/70R15, these tires come with H and V speed ratings.
Avon’s list continues with the Tourist, a bias-ply tire with a heritage pattern in sizing options of 550-16 and 600-16. If you need a bias-ply tire for a sports car, the Super Safety is Avon’s answer, currently available in 640-15 sizing with an H speed rating for up to 130 miles per hour.
Last but not least, you can grab Avon’s Traction Mileage vintage off-road tire, designed for classic Land Rovers, as well as Chevy, Ford, Dodge, and International trucks. Sold in sizes 600-16 and 700-16, Coker Tire believes there should be an Avon Traction Mileage selection for all of your stock (and regularly mud-covered) favorites.
However, if you can’t find the tire you need in Avon’s lineup, know that Coker also sells Dunlops. Their Sport Classic product line features 15 sizes, with fitments for 13-, 14- and 15-inch wheels. With aspect ratios ranging from 60 series to 80 series and widths ranging from 155mm to 215mm, these vintage pattern tires fit most British classics. Alternatively, there’s Dunlop’s SP Sport Aquajet, which comes in six sizes with fitments for 10-, 13- and 15-inch wheels. While this line only goes up to 205mm in width, that’s still a meaty piece of rubber, and a tire that should handle wet weather just fine.