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Old 11-26-2007, 06:41 PM   #1
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Hi - I'm thinking about purchasing 4 new tires for my Dad for his 1962 corvette. He's mentioned to me that he needs new tires.

So my question is - what was the whitewall size on a stock 1962 corvette? I'd like to get a tire as close to that as possible.

The tires currently on his car are 225/75R15 BF Goodrich Lifesavers and they have a whitewall that is appromiately 1.3". I checked with BF Goodrich and they no longer make these tires. I inquired about a replacement tire and they referred me to Coker Tire company.

I checked online at Coker Tire and they offer a 1" whitewall for the 205/75R15 (stock size) and a 1.6" whitewall for the 225/75R15. I think the 1.6" whitewall is too much.

I spoke with my local tire shop and they can get Cooper Trendsetters and they have ~3/4" whitewall. They can get it in either size (225 or 205).

Are there any other brands out there that you recommend to get that 'close-to-stock' look? Your help would be appreciated.

Thanks!!
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Old 11-26-2007, 07:01 PM   #2
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The whitewalls were from 7/8" to 1 1/16", five tire brands were available for 62, US Royal, BF Goodrich, Firestone, Goodyear & General. These tires are still available.
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I went with 215-75R15 3/4" wide white radials made by DiamondBack tires of SC and they not only fit and look great but greatly improved the handling and ride characteristics. (no more wandering/darting) Used to have the original 6.50X15 nylons wide white.
This upgrade was one of the best I made on our car.


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Old 11-26-2007, 10:27 PM   #4
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I went with 215-75R15 3/4" wide white radials made by DiamondBack tires of SC and they not only fit and look great but greatly improved the handling and ride characteristics. (no more wandering/darting) Used to have the original 6.50X15 nylons wide white.
This upgrade was one of the best I made on our car.


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I went with 215-75R15 3/4" wide white radials made by DiamondBack tires of SC and they not only fit and look great but greatly improved the handling and ride characteristics. (no more wandering/darting) Used to have the original 6.50X15 nylons wide white.
This upgrade was one of the best I made on our car.


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Both Vettes have factory tires on Dayton wheels. The sizes are 670-15`s. Never measured the whitewall. But they are definately not 7/8`s more like 1 1/3 and thats on both Vettes.

Personally I dont like WW`s. I now use 215X65RX15`s blackwalls
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Hi - I'm thinking about purchasing 4 new tires for my Dad for his 1962 corvette. He's mentioned to me that he needs new tires.

So my question is - what was the whitewall size on a stock 1962 corvette? I'd like to get a tire as close to that as possible.

The tires currently on his car are 225/75R15 BF Goodrich Lifesavers and they have a whitewall that is appromiately 1.3". I checked with BF Goodrich and they no longer make these tires. I inquired about a replacement tire and they referred me to Coker Tire company.

I checked online at Coker Tire and they offer a 1" whitewall for the 205/75R15 (stock size) and a 1.6" whitewall for the 225/75R15. I think the 1.6" whitewall is too much.

I spoke with my local tire shop and they can get Cooper Trendsetters and they have ~3/4" whitewall. They can get it in either size (225 or 205).

Are there any other brands out there that you recommend to get that 'close-to-stock' look? Your help would be appreciated.

Thanks!!
I am in the same boat but found that Hankook makes a 225 75R15 with a narrow whitewall. My tires now are 70R 15's and needed to verify that the 75R15's would work well on a 62.
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This probably doesn't help you but, a 65' has 205/75/15 with 5/8" whitewall.
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The OE size was 670-15, and the white sidewall tire had about a 1 inch white.....
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I went with American Classics from Lucas Tire. I wanted a "slightly" wider whitewall than the 3/4 to 1-inch tires usually seen on 1962's. The ones I have are 1.3", which gave me just the look I was going for. I realize they're not for everybody, and that the "narrow" whitewalls were a prominent feature for the '62 vs. the '61. I offer the photo just so you can see what the 1.3" will look like. It works for me, and yes, the radial tires really improve the ride and handling.

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Nice looking tires; Hard to beat fawn beige
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Personally I dont like WW`s.


I like to turn white walls or letters IN so only I get to see 'em when working under the car. Plus all brands and sizes of blackwalls "match"!

And enjoyed building a model of your family's gasser in the '60s, wasn't it a Fiat Topolino body?

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Nice looking tires; Hard to beat fawn beige
Aw, yeah. My favorite color through the 1964 models. See the pics inside that year's catalog, to die for!
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Old 03-19-2016, 11:48 PM   #14
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This may set a record for resurrecting old threads. 11/26/2007.

My "American Classics" radials ride fine.


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I have the Hankook 225/75-15's with white wall.
They are not correct for my 61.... but nice looking tires, and they handle/wear very well.

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