LAS VEGAS (Nov. 2, 2016) — Fifty years after Firestone's first Wide Oval tire hit the market, Coker Tire Co. is bringing it back with a replica tire that combines the Wide Oval's authentic look with a modern radial design.
The company unveiled its new product shortly after the opening of the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, which coincidentally is marking its 50th anniversary as well.
The Firestone Wide Oval radial tires are available in six sizes designed to fit the 14- to 15-inch rims of popular muscle cars from 1967 through 1974. The tires, however, can also be retrofitted to earlier cars from the muscle car era.
Sizes available include ER70-14, FR70-14, GR70-14, FR70-15, GR70-15 and FR60-15.
“We have really worked hard with this new Firestone retro radial,” said Corky Coker, CEO and owner of Coker Tire. “…Now, when I restore a muscle car, I can have it look exactly like it was supposed to look, including the tread design, including the engraving, etc on the side, but you know, it drives like it's supposed to drive with radial construct and the handling of a radial.”