Over on the Forum there has been some discussion regarding what were the original Talladega tires. Were they Firestone or Goodyear? Thanks to our own Talladega Guru, Rick Ochs, “The Judge, Marty Burke and a little research by me, we now have some clear evidence. The following is edited content from Rick supplemented by my research.
Rick pulled out an old Ford magazine advertisement and it helps put some light on the question. The document shows a Torino Cobra. As most of you know, the Cobra was the base platform for the Talladega. In the brochure Specifications text, it mentions that the Cobra has “F70X14 WIDE- OVAL Belted Tires, raised letters”. It also states “Wide Oval belted tires as illustrated”! If you look at the picture of the hard top it clearly shows “Good Year ” tires. “Wide-Oval” was a Firestone tire.
One note of warning is necessary hear. When you view old ads or even dealers sales brochures they were not always very accurate. We know these were often used with drawings of the cars or photos of pre-production cars. Often times what you saw in such documents included small details that were never included or available on the final production cars. The infamous dealer Talladega brochure showing a Talladega with a hood scoop is a prime example.
The following graphics are from a 1969 Ford Performance Buyers Guide that came inside a January 1969 Motor Trend magazine.
Here is the back page of the Dealer Talladega Brochure.
Wide-tread was used by other company’s but only Wide-Oval was used by Firestone. If you look at the Talladega Build Sheet, the proof is the “F”. It stands for Firestone!
One last bit of proof is this quote from the Wikipedia page on Good Year Polyglas Tires:
“The Goodyear Polyglas tire was a bias-belted tire first made in 1967 by Goodyear. The tire had a wider tread than most other tires on the market at the time and used belts made of fiberglass. They initially were an original equipment tire on late 1960s muscle cars such as the Pontiac GTO, Dodge Charger R/T, Ford Mustang Mach I, Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 and many others along with comparable tires from various competitors such as the Firestone Wide-Ovals, Uniroyal´s Tiger Paw and BF Goodrich´s Radial T/A.”