New bias-look tires released for cars from late ‘20s, early ‘30s

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The latest from Coker Tires is this bias-look radial tire for vintage vehicles. | Coker Tire Company photos
The latest from Coker Tires is this bias-look radial tire for vintage vehicles. | Coker Tire Company photos

Owners of vehicles from the late 1920s and early 1930s have a new option when it comes to buying bias-look radials. Coker Tire Company says it will expand its American Classic Bias Look Radial to offer radials that will fit vehicles produced around 1930, specifically the Ford Model A.

“The popularity of the original American Classic Bias Look Radial stemmed from its bias ply appearance and upgraded radial ride quality,” the company said in a news release. “The same traits exist in this new design, which offers a direct replacement for original style bias ply tires.”

The tires will have a vintage tread pattern and smooth sidewalls. They will be sold in two sizes — 475/500R19 and 440/450R21.

The tires will also be offered without the whitewall.
The tires will also be offered without the whitewall.

The first is specifically designed for the Model A, but it will fit other makes such as Dodge, DeSoto, Essex and others. The second will fit most Ford vehicles produced between 1926 and 1929 and Chevrolet passenger cars made between 1926 and 1928.

They are both tube-type tires, as they are typically mounted on wheels that are not airtight. The tires are DOT and ECE approved and are covered by Coker’s Life of Tread warranty and eligible for the company’s tire protection plan.

More sidewall options should be available in 2019.

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Carter Nacke is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He began his career at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, the largest news radio station in Arizona, where he specialized in breaking news and politics. A burgeoning interest in classic cars took him to the Journal in 2018. He's still on the hunt for his dad's old 1969 Camaro.

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