Whitewall Tires FAQs

Do they still make white wall tires anymore?

Sizes of white wall tires run from 13 inches to 22 inches and even larger. The sizes of the whitewalls that you want are also important. We can supply thin whitewalls as small as 5/8” to humongous white walls, even over 4 inches. 

The two main types of tires made are steel belted radials and bias-ply type. 

The best known brands we sell are American Classic, Vogue, BF Goodrich, Premium Sport, Firestone and Goodyear to name a few.  Most brands we offer have free shipping. 

What is the point of having whitewall tires?

Whitewall tires may not be for everybody. You should never buy them unless you enjoy the look of whitewalls or you are restoring a car that originally came with whitewall tires and you wish to duplicate that original style. Whitewalls add a touch of class to a classic car or even a modern automobile. 

Whitewall sizes were typically 2 to 3 inches wide until 1962 when automobile manufacturers began switching over to thin white walls, perhaps 1 to 2 inches in width. Not every car made had whitewall tires when they were built. We see more classic cars today with white wall tires on at car shows than you would see in their day. White wall tires were an extra-cost, luxury option. Whitewall tires provide a distinctive accent to the car in our opinion. Generally, the wheels and tires are the first thing a viewer notices. Whitewall tires create an immediate feeling of nostalgia and happier days. 

You can expect to have to use extra effort to keep your white walls staying white and to not curb or run them into any obstacles. There is no difference in performance between a whitewall and a black wall tire. They both will ride the same.

Can you still buy white wall tires?

Yes you can purchase new white wall tires. They are available as steel belted radial type or the vintage, bias-ply types. White walls come in different styles and sizes. White wall tires are generally made in America. The white wall size or width of the whitewall strip can be as thin as 5/8” up to 4 inches or even larger. Whitewall tires tend to be expensive compared to ordinary blackwall tires.

What is the difference between whitewall tires or white wall tires?

Only the manner in which you care to spell the term. They both have the same meaning. People refer to the same tire using both phrases.

How do I keep my whitewall tires clean? 

For simple clean-up, use soap and water.  For over-the-counter type products, you may use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser or Simple Green Extreme. Avoid products that contain strong cleaning agents such as bleach or lye. Products such as Comet Cleanser, Ajax, Brillo or Bar Cleaner have bleach in them and these chemicals may cause yellowing and cracking of the whitewalls. Do not use Armor All on whitewalls. Sadly, some products that are designed specifically for cleaning whitewalls have bleach in them, so be careful.

What is the difference between the various brands of whitewall tires for sale?

There are obvious price differences between the brands. Notwithstanding price, in the same tire size for example, the whitewall sizes may be different. Some are wider and some are smaller. The tread patterns may also look quite different as well. Some tread patterns may look like they are more from the '70's as an example while others may look even older. There are also differences in estimated tread life and in the warranties that are offered. Even though the tires may have the same size description, you may note that diameters and widths can differ between brands. We would be happy to point out all these differences and help you select the most appropriate tire for your application.

Can I run passenger car tires on trucks and trailers?  

It is not a good idea. There are significant differences between passenger car tires and “Special Trailer” (ST) tires. A passenger car tire is not designed to carry heavy loads for extended periods of time while an ST tire is built for such purposes as well as low rolling resistance, long-life and stability while towing. It should be noted that an LT or light truck type tire will work as an alternative to an ST tire. An ST tire is engineered to carry ten percent more load than a similar sized passenger car tire. As a result, the tire may have different steel belts, plies, beads, thickness and diameter as compared to a passenger car tire. The treads are also created to minimize the tires squirming around. The tires also contain different materials that allow the tires to stand-up better to the elements while in storage. One big concern when running a passenger car on a trailer is that the side walls are not as strong as an ST tire and can aggravate trailer swaying. The flexible side walls of a passenger tire could cause the trailer to sway badly enough that the driver could lose control. We wouldn’t want to risk injury to life or limb or to your special vintage trailer by using the wrong type of tire.

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