<VV> Falcon rims now interesting 10, 000 mile test of 1960/1 compacts

Frank DuVal corvairduval at cox.net
Sat May 9 11:51:03 EDT 2015

The term used was different than "Wide Oval" , but these 6.50 x 13 tires 
were designed for the Corvair, then offered to the rest of the compact 
lineup new for 1960 model year.

While unsuccessfully researching data for above, I found two interesting 
articles worth reading for history car folks:

1960 Corvair



1960 Valiant



191 Olds F-85 Wagon


These are from Popular Science tests.
Happy reading!

Frank DuVal

Sorry for the long internet addresses.

On 5/9/2015 7:50 AM, Jim Becker via VirtualVairs wrote:
> "Wide oval" was a Firestone trade name for their bias belted 70 
> profile letter sized tires that came out for the '67 model year or 
> there about. Corvairs were never so equipped from the factory.
> -----Original Message----- From: Smitty via VirtualVairs
> Sent: Friday, May 08, 2015 11:20 PM
> To: virtualvairs at corvair.org
> Subject:  Falcon rims
> Smitty Says;  Randy , historically speaking GM originated the “wide 
> oval” tires specifically for the Corvair.  It was the first production 
> car to wear them.  They wouldn’t have gone to the trouble if they 
> hadn’t thought them necessary.  So why shoot yourself in the foot.  
> There are still plenty of old rear drive Nissans and Toyotas in the 
> salvage yard with wheel widths up to 7.5 inches and a perfect match of 
> bolt pattern and mounting hub to fit an early.

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