Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
November 2, 2016

Mustang enthusiasts no doubt are fanatical about the correct appearance of their classic Mustangs. From the proper trim and emblems, to the correct placement of everything under the hood, it certainly matters come show time. One area that has been a struggle for Mustang owners that do drive their cars is correct looking period tires that actually drive and handle like a modern radial. Coker Tire, long a staple in the hobby offering concours correct tires for any Mustang or Shelby out there, has offered a few radial based classic tires, but the one “biggie” missing from the catalog was Firestone’s famous Wide Oval. Debuting in 1967, the Firestone Wide Oval found its way onto numerous Mustangs, both OE fitment, and as aftermarket replacements (usually wrapped around a set of Cragar mags).

At the 2016 SEMA show Corky Coker himself launched the new Firestone Wide Oval Radial at a press conference at the Coker Tire Booth. Steve Magnante hosted the press conference and is seen here interviewing Corky about the product launch.

At the 2016 SEMA show Coker Tire announced the launch of the new bias ply look Firestone Wide Oval tire with radial construction. Officially dubbed the Firestone Wide Oval Radial, the tire does an excellent job of melding authentic appearance of a bias ply tire (sidewall, tire sipe, tread pattern) with the driving comfort, safety, handling, and tread wear of a modern radial construction tire. Coker Tire will continue to produce the original-style bias ply Firestone Wide Oval tires in addition to its new design for those that absolutely desire to maintain the bias ply construction for their restoration.

The new Coker Tire Firestone Wide Oval Radial tire is available in the popular raised white letter sidewall, often seen on late 1960s Mustangs, and just exudes that cool muscle car look.
Also available in a redline sidewall, perfect for more subdued builds or correct for earlier 1965-1966 Mustangs, the new Firestone Wide Oval Radial tire looks the part. Frankly, the only telltale sign the tire is a radial is the “R” in the tire sizing.

Firestone Wide Oval Radial tires will be available in six sizes to fit 14- and 15-inch wheels. The six sizes include ER70-14, FR70-14, GR70-14, FR70-15, GR70-15 and FR60-15, which were popular sizes for muscle cars from 1967 through 1974, but can also be retrofitted to earlier cars from the muscle car era. Five of the tire sizes, excluding the FR60-15, are available with either raised white letters in original script or 3/8-inch redline sidewall. The FR60-15 is available only with raised white letters with the authentic letter design to match the F60-15 tires that came from the factory on 1970 Camaro Z/28, Corvettes, Mustangs and more. Coker Tire is currently accepting pre-orders on the bias look Firestone Wide Oval Radial tires and plans to roll out the revolutionary design in January 2017. All sizes and styles will be DOT approved, and will be thoroughly tested before being released to the public market. Once available, we look forward to taking a closer look at the Firestone Wide Oval Radial tire ourselves in a future issue of Mustang Monthly magazine.

To find out more about how you can pre-order Coker Tire’s new Firestone Wide Oval Radial tires, speak to a tire expert by dialing 1-800-251-6336 or browse the website at Coker Tire. You can also stop by Coker Tire’s headquarters at 1317 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 37402. Showroom hours are 8am to 5pm EST, Monday through Friday and 8am to noon on Saturday. Free tours of the facility are provided Monday through Friday at 10am and 2pm.

The Coker Tire display at SEMA had a nice video explaining all the benefits, available sizes, and more, bringing in foot traffic to see the newly launched tire.
If you’re not familiar with Coker Tire’s operations, they manufacture all of their tires in-house; using original molds, or creating new molds themselves.
Between its Tennessee and California warehouses, Coker Tire can have your new tires to your door in just a few days. Shown here is just a small sample of what is in stock and ready to go from the Tennessee location.