So you finally have all the parts you need to restore your classic automobile. From the panels to the engine, as well as the interior, you're set and ready to bring the car back to its former glory. There's just one problem: you don't exactly have the period-correct tires now, do you?
While most enthusiasts or restorers can look past this, there are purists out there that prefer to have all of the period-correct pieces in order. Yokohama might be able to help you with that.
Recently, the Japanese tire maker announced that they will be stocking a range of hobby tires which are specially designed for the unique demands of classic car owners. The range will consist of heritage tires that feature modern technology and performance, yet retain the classical style and design from the 1960s and beyond.
The first heritage tire from Yokohama is the G.T. Special Y350. First launched in 1967, it was the first tire from Yokohama to incorporate radial tire technology. Yokohama described the tires as capable of delivering a 'soft comfortable ride without losing the feel of a historical car'.
It also comes with the same classic tread pattern and side(wall) design of its predecessor. Ideally, the Y350 is suited for historic Japanese and European cars from the 60's and 70's era. Sizes available for the classic tire are: 165/80/R15 87H, 175/80/R14 88S, and 165/80/R14 85S.
Apart from the Y350, Yokohama also brought back the Advan AP008P, as well as the Advan HF Type-D 008. The former was first factory-fitted on the 911 Carrera Turbo (Type 930) and is available in 245/45/ZR16 and 205/55/ZR16 sizes. Meanwhile, the latter is more suited to meet the requirements of modern classics from the 1980s and 1990s.
Last but not least is the Yokohama A539. It is available in 12- to 15-inch sizes and can be fitted to a wide range of classic cars.
In the future, Yokohama is looking to expand its heritage tire range to include more hobby cars, and for classic race cars as well. Here's to hoping that Yokohama will offer these classic tires to the Philippine market in the future.