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AndyA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-28-07 10:54 AM
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3. I remember GM was promoting wider whitewall tires in 1983-1984,
because my Dad bought a brand new 1983 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight Regency Brougham with them.

His next car, a 1985 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight Regency Brougham had thinner whitewall stripes on it, and the one that followed that one, a 1988 version of the same car, had blackwall tires on it. So, somewhere between 1985-1987 whitewall tires became obsolete on that model, which was considered one of the top American luxury cars at the time.

Personally, I think if a car originally came with whitewall tires, they seem to look best with them. Perhaps it has something to do with the amount of chrome trim on the car, to balance everything out. I don't care for newer cars with wide whitewall tires (i.e., a 1967 model with 1950's style wide whitewalls), because they look out of date and don't seem to "fit."

I have a 1969 Thunderbird that originally had whitewall tires with a thin red band on the outside of the whitewall. They are reproducing them now, so next time I need tires, that's what I'm going to get. (I still have the original spare tire in the trunk, and it's never been on the ground.)
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