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Classic Ford Tyres


On the following pages, Longstone Classic Tyres give classic tyre fitment recommendations for historic Ford cars.



There have been some great developments with regards to classic Ford tyres. In 1968, desperate to improve the safety of their cars Ford started to offer Pirelli Cinturato radial tyres. Pirelli have now made the classic Ford tyre 175/70 VR 13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36. Original equipment on many for the classic Ford Escort Mexico and RS of the 1970s. As well as the MK1 & MK2 Escort RS tyre, Pirelli have also made a 185/70 VR 13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36. Perfect for the Ford Cortina, Ford Capri & the early Ford Sierra.


Tyres for Post Classic, Youngtimer Ford Cars


There have been some great developments in post-classic car tyres for the Youngtimer cars of the 1980s, 1990s and the early 2000s with the introduction of tyres such as:


Vintage Ford Model T Tyres


30x3½ and 30x3 Model T Ford tyres are available at amazing prices.


Vintage Ford Tyres


Longstone Tyres are big enthusiasts of vintage Fords. Running two vintage Model A Fords as regular transport and also a Ford Cortina, just for fun.


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Ford History

The Henry Ford Enterprise, founded on November 3, 1901, was Henry Ford's first effort at an automobile manufacturing company. On August 22, 1902, this was renamed the Cadillac Motor Company after Ford left with the rights to his name. In 1903, the Ford Motor Company was founded in a converted factory with $28,000 (equivalent to $807,000 in 2020) in capital from twelve investors, the most notable of whom were John and Horace Dodge (who would later found their own car company).

Henry Ford on his Quadra Cycle
Henry Ford on his Quadra Cycle

The inaugural president was not Ford, but local banker John S. Gray, who was appointed to allay investors' worries that Ford would abandon the new firm in the same manner he had abandoned the predecessor. Initially, the firm manufactured only a few automobiles each day at its factories on Mack Avenue and then on Piquette Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. Each automobile was worked on by groups of two or three workers, who assembled it from parts produced largely by Ford's supplier firms. Within a decade, Ford would lead the globe in the extension and refining of the assembly line idea, and the corporation quickly brought much of the part manufacture in-house (vertical integration).

Henry Ford was 39 years old when he created the Ford Motor Company, which grew to become one of the world's largest and most successful corporations. It has been under continuous family ownership for almost 100 years and is one of the world's largest family-controlled businesses. Karl Benz, a German inventor, invented the first gasoline-powered vehicle in 1885. (Benz Patent-Motorwagen). To make vehicles accessible for the middle class, more efficient production methods were required, which Ford contributed to by, for example, developing the first moving assembly line in 1913 at the Ford factory in Highland Park.

Ford produced Models A, B, C, F, K, N, R, and S between 1903 and 1908. Most of these were sold in hundreds or a few thousand pieces every year. Ford debuted the mass-produced Model T in 1908, which sold millions of units over a nearly 20-year period. In 1927, Ford updated the T with the Model A, the first automobile featuring windshield safety glass. In 1932, Ford introduced the first low-cost automobile with a V8 engine. In 1939, Ford introduced the Mercury as a higher-priced companion vehicle to the Ford. In 1922, Henry Ford bought the Lincoln Motor Company in order to compete in the premium part of the vehicle industry with brands like Cadillac and Packard.

Ford Model A
Ford Model A

In 1929, Ford was hired by the Soviet Union's government to establish the Gorky Automobile Plant in Russia, which initially produced Ford Model A and AAs, thereby playing an essential part in the country's industrialisation. Ford Germany, Ford's German division, manufactured military vehicles and other equipment for Nazi Germany's war effort. Forced labour was used in several of Ford's enterprises in Germany at the time.

In 1951, Ford established a scientific facility in Dearborn, Michigan to perform unrestricted fundamental research, which led to Ford's unexpected engagement in superconductivity research. Ford Research Labs made a significant discovery in 1964 when they invented a superconducting quantum interference device or SQUID. Beginning in 1956, Ford introduced the Lifeguard safety package, which featured innovations such as a standard deep-dish steering wheel, available front and, for the first time in a car, rear seatbelts, and an optional cushioned dash. In 1957, Ford added child-proof door locks into its cars, as well as the first retractable hardtop on a mass-produced six-seater sedan.

Ford launched the Continental division as a separate premium automobile branch in late 1955. This division was in charge of producing and selling the well-known Continental Mark II. Simultaneously, the Edsel division was formed to design and market the automobile beginning with the 1958 model year. The Ford Mustang debuted on April 17, 1964, at the New York World's Fair (where Ford had a pavilion made by The Walt Disney Company.) Ford developed the seat belt reminder light in 1965.

Ford released numerous extremely successful automobiles across the world in the 1980s. Ford began utilising the advertising tagline "Have you driven a Ford, lately?" in the 1980s to attract new customers to their brand and make their vehicles look more current. Ford also purchased Jaguar Cars and Aston Martin in 1990 and 1994, respectively. Ford continued to sell a huge number of automobiles in the mid-to-late-1990s, during a thriving American economy with a soaring stock market and cheap gasoline prices.

With the turn of the century, legacy healthcare expenses, increasing gasoline prices, and a weakening economy resulted in dwindling market shares, sales, and profit margins. The majority of corporate earnings were generated by financing consumer car loans through Ford Motor Credit Company.


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