Restoring an old 1960s or newer high velocity muscle car can run you into quite some pitfalls, especially when it comes to looking for tires. For starters, buying new and original muscle car tires from the 60s is very difficult and hard to find. And even if you do find them, they can run you an astronomical amount of money. This is why we created this review, to aid you in newer tires that can work for your 60s muscle car.
Keep in mind that the 60s decade created tires for 14 or 15 inch tires. Do not buy 17 or 18 inch tires without making proper adjustments to the car! They might fit, but they will severely ruin the performance and safety of the car. These are the best and most reliable tires you can get for a decent price:
*Make sure your specifications fit that of your car in order to properly fit the tire without any complications. If you are unsure, contact your local mechanic before purchasing these tires.
1. BF Goodrich Radial T/A E4 Tire (275/60R15 , 255/60R15, 215/70R14)
We begin with the BF Goodrich Radial T/A E4′S. Goodrich has made quality tires specifically for muscle cars for many years now, so muscle car owners can bestow their trust within them when purchasing new tires. They come in different sizes for just about every 60s or newer muscle car in existence. These are their basic tires in and are great for just practical daily use if you plan to cruise often. With a rim diameter of 15 inches, these 34 pound wheels work especially well for Corvettes, Dodges, and Chevy’s but are a great fit for just about every other muscle car too. The letters on these tires are actually green in order to protect the color from fading over time.
2. Coker Whitewall Radial P225/75R15
This more vintage looking Coker tire is an ideal replacement for 60s muscle cars that want to keep the classic look. It is newly made but has the classic look that people seek today. The price is not too high and they are great wheels for 15 inch rims. My friend has put these on his 1968 Dodge Charger R/T and was pleased with their look and performance. Get them while they are still available!
3. Mickey Thompson Sportsman S/T Radial Tire P255/60/R15
Known for their high performance tires, Mickey Thompson made these for older muscle car owners that seek not just quality but also aesthetic appeal. These are very nice looking tires, and they are a great fit for many 60s muscle cars. The price is great as well, as they will last for a long while. These 27 pound tires have great reviews and owners of them are more than satisfied with them. If you don’t want to pay for the Coker’s, these are definitely second in line for a cheaper price.
4. BF Goodrich T/A E High Performance Tire 225/70R14 98S
For number 4 we go back to the BF Goodrich for a reason; they know how to make tires, especially for older cars. These are slightly different than the Radials, and are smaller for those that have 14 inch rims. They are cheap and efficient and probably the best choice for muscle car owners who like to be active.
5. COOPER COBRA G/T 4PLY RW – P225/70R14 98T
Last on our list of the best new tires for 1960′s muscle cars goes to the none else but the Cooper Cobra G/T. This tire is popular for older muscle car owners because it retains that vintage look, which is what Cooper was going for when making this tire. The specifications are the standard 225/70/R14 and the tire has durable white-lettering for those that seek it. This is one of the best muscle car tires, especially for the price(106$), so if you don’t like the other four, this one is too cheap and too good to pass up.
Take an inside look at a classic bias-ply whitewall as it goes through the manufacturing process in video below.