Coker Tire is who I keep going back to. I was looking at Diamond Back Classics as they take modern production tires and vulcanize white rubber then cut it down for the white wall size. I just couldnt justify the cost of those tires as they look no different than the Coker Classic tire at $227/ea or the BFGoodrich Silvertown Radial at $279/ea. Where as Diamond Back has the Auburn Premium with 2 5/8" white wall for $234/ea, the Diamond Back I at $209/ea, or the Diamond Back II at $234/ea. Where as Coker has their American Classic Bias Radial tire for $277/ea. Only other option for a period look bias tire would be an actual bias ply tire Firestone Champion Deluxe in the recommended 670-15 size for $211/ea. I will have to go digging but I could have swore one of my booklets from 1956 stated mine should have the larger 7.10-15 tires since it has the optional 292 Y8 and the automatic transmission.
But needless to say the options I have are the following designs.
This is the closest Diamond back offering in a bias looking radial which is their Auburn Premium but it has tread styles for 60s through 80s cars which might be why they just dont have a full original 50s feel.
Then Coker with their Classic, American Classic and the BFG Silvertown all pretty much look like this which looks like a basic radial tire with just the white wall slapped on.
That leaves me with two choices from Coker, either their reproduction biasply Firestone Deluxe Champion tire which would be correct for my car as thats what Ford used in '56.
Or their fairly new Bias Radial American Classic that is a radial tire from the ground up designed to mimic the look of a biasply. It doesnt look exact as the legit biasply above but it is the closest radial I have seen out there and this is the one I keep leaning towards but it is pricy so I keep leaning back to the legit biasply as a cheaper alternative.
Ideally I would love to take my car to a concourse car show and show her off at least once and hopefully win a trophy then after that I want to drive the car so thats why I keep leaning towards radials since they will be the safest especially on the highway at 70 - 75 mph.
1956 Ford Fairlane Town Sedan - 292 Y8 - Ford-O-Matic - 155,000 mi