You are correct 1961 model year was last for wide whitewalls.
1962 was first for narrow (approx 1 inch) whitewalls. Around 1966
or 1967 they narrowed further to about 5/8 inch and in 67/69 there
were odd triple whitewalls unique to specific cars and premium
tires. 1971-72 had double whitewalls on fiberglass belted tires.
Some later cars had 1.3 inch etc.
I have seen incorrect wide whitewalls on later cars and to
someone who lived thru that era they just look wrong. Personally I
would go with narrow whitewalls on a 64 and keep look original at
a more reasonable cost. Similarly I don't like narrow whitewalls
on 1961 and earlier, but that is a different problem.
The other thing is availability / cost / quality / freshness of
what you get.
Bias tire reproductions are available from Coker and others, but I would go current mass production radials.
If you go wide white or any other width, you are most likely going to find cost is over $200 each for a low volume batch processed tire most likely made with older equipment, possibly not to current manufacturing standards and possibly not fresh production.
As I have previously stated, I like the Hankook Optimo H724
(Currently $73 on Amazon with free prime shipping or $312 Discount
Tire on eBay - I have bought from both sources and tires are fresh
date codes made in Korea or Indonesia). These are regular
production radial tires available in Narrow White (about 3/4 to
7/8 inch wide if I recall correctly).
There are also other narrow white options - I think Toyo still
makes a narrow whitewall in Extensa AS in P235/75R15 and Cooper
Trendsetters (and the Mastercraft and other Cooper clones) still
show on manufacturer sites in whitewall in certain sizes though
reports of these being discontinued have surfaced.
Maxxis, Gremax, and Milestar have come on the scene more recently
with narrow whitewalls in certain sizes. The Maxxis is a well
known brand with a good reputation in ATV tires. Not sure about
where Gremax and Milestar are made (China?) - the Milestars I have
seen unmounted look pretty flimsy.
Or there are still several blackwalls including BF Goodrich,
Michelin, etc. And of course Whitewalls of any size were an extra
cost option back then - default was blackwall and you never have
to worry about correct whitewall width. Or you can get Diamondback
to put whitewalls of any width on these (probably voids
manufacturer's warranty and not inexpensive).
Edward Mills Antique Tractors 1930-1960 Antique Cars 1960-1985
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