Vauxhall Tyres

Classic Vauxhall Tyres

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

Vintage Vauxhall Tyres

Longstone Tyres can provide tyres for across the whole Vauxhall range, from the supermini Vauxhall Chevette to the fast "Drop-snoot" Vauxhall Firenza.

Vauxhall Tyres

The following list are our recommendations for Vauxhalls:

  • 155 HR 13 Michelin XAS FF for a Vauxhall Astra (Pre-1984).
  • 175 HR 14 Michelin XAS for a Vauxhall Carlton & Royale.
  • 165 HR 13 Michelin XAS FF for a Vauxhall Cavalier.
  • 185/70 R 13 Michelin XDX for a Vauxhall Cavalier 2000.
  • 155 HR 13 Michelin XAS FF for a Vauxhall Chevette.
  • 175/70 HR 13 Avon CR6ZZ for a Vauxhall Chevette GLS.
  • 20/53 - 13 (225/45 R 13) Michelin TB15 for a Vauxhall Chevette HS2300.
  • 165 SR 15 Michelin XZX for a Vauxhall Cresta (1955-1957).
  • 6.40/7.00 SR 13 Michelin ZX for a Vauxhall Cresta (1958-1960).
  • 165 HR 14 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67 for a Vauxhall Cresta (1961-1965).
  • 155 HR 13 Michelin XAS FF for a Vauxhall Firenza.
  • 5.00/5.25 x 16 Avon Tourist for a Vauxhall Velox (1949).
  • 165 SR 15 Michelin XZX for a Vauxhall Velox (1950-1957) though this car originally fitted a 590X15 crossply tyre.
  • 6.40/7.00 SR 13 Michelin ZX for a Vauxhall Velox (1958-1960). This was originally a crossply tyre but this Michelin will improve its handling on modern roads. We also offer a radial with a white band, in the size 175/80R13, which is close to the correct size.
  • 165 HR 14 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67 for a Vauxhall Velox (1961-1965) though this car originally fitted a 590X14 crossply tyre.
  • 165HR13 Michelin XAS FF for a Vauxhall Victor (Pre-1969) which is the best radial alternative to a 560x13 crossply tyre.
  • 6.40/7.00 SR 13 Michelin ZX for a Vauxhall Victor Estate & Vauxhall Ventora which is the best radial alternative to a 690X13 crossply tyre. We also offer a radial with a white band, in the size 175/80R13 which is close to the correct size.
  • 6.40/7.00 SR 13 Michelin ZX for a Vauxhall Victor 200, 1600 Super & SL which is the best radial alternative to a 620X13 crossply tyre. We also offer a radial with a white band, in the size 175/80R13 which is close to the correct size.
  • 155 R 12 Nankang for a Vauxhall Viva HA & HB.
  • 155 HR 13 Michelin XAS FF for a Vauxhall Viva HB GT, HC Saloons (Pre-1978) & HC Estate.
  • 5.00/5.25 x 16 Avon Tourist for a Vauxhall Wyvern (1949-1951).
  • 165 SR 15 Michelin XZX for a Vauxhall Wyvern (1950-1957) though this car originally fitted a 560x15 crossply tyre.

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Vauxhall History

Alexander Wilson, a Scottish nautical engineer, started the firm in 1857 in Vauxhall, London.  The firm developed pumps and marine motors and was formerly known as Alex Wilson and Company until changing its name to Vauxhall Iron Works in 1897. In 1903, the business produced its first automobile, a five-horsepower single-cylinder vehicle handled using a tiller and equipped with two forward gears but lacking a reverse gear.  Before the automobile was modified with wheel steering and reverse in 1904, around 70 were produced in the first year.

1930 Vauxhall 20-60 T-type
1930 Vauxhall 20-60 T-type

In order to grow, the firm relocated the majority of its manufacturing to Luton in 1905.  Vauxhall Iron Works was the company's name until 1907 when the contemporary name of Vauxhall Motors was established. The company's designs were first characterised by their sports forms, but after World War I, they became more austere.

Laurence Pomeroy was responsible for most of Vauxhall's initial success as Vauxhall Motors. At 22, he began working at Vauxhall as an assistant draughtsman in 1906. In the winter of 1907/8, the main designer, F. W. Hodges, went on an extended break, and in his absence, the managing director, Percy Kidner, ordered Pomeroy to develop an engine for automobiles to compete in the 1908 RAC and Scottish Reliability Trial, which was conducted in June of that year. Pomeroy replaced Hodges because the vehicles were so good.

Pomeroy's initial design, the Y-Type Y1, was a race-winning triumph. The Vauxhall was so far ahead of all other vehicles of any class around the Brooklands circuit that the driver could relax, completing the 200 miles at an average speed of 46 mph while the car was capable of 55 mph. The Y-Type won the trial's class E. The Y-Type was so popular that it was decided to bring it into manufacture as the A09. This gave birth to the Vauxhall A-Type. Between October 27, 1908, and the end of mass manufacture in 1914, four separate kinds of this were developed.

1957 Vauxhall Cresta E
1957 Vauxhall Cresta E

During World War I, Vauxhall produced a considerable number of D-Type Vauxhalls. This was a C-Type variant that competed in the Prince Henry trial events. The D-Type shared a chassis with the E-Type but had a de-rated engine. The British troops employed the D-Type as staff vehicles. The D-type, along with the sportier E-type, remained in production after the 1918 armistice. Pomeroy departed in 1919 to move to the U.S and was succeeded by C.E. King. Despite producing outstanding automobiles, the pricey pedigree cars that had served the firm well during the rich pre-war years were not profitable for the company, and Vauxhall sought a significant strategic partner.

Vauxhall was purchased by General Motors in November 1925 for $2.5 million. Vauxhall's target market shifted considerably as a result of this. In the late 1930s, the low-cost two-litre Vauxhall Cadet and the Bedford truck were introduced. The Cadet cost £280 and was the first British automobile with a synchromesh transmission. During WWII, production was paused so that Vauxhall could concentrate on the new Churchill tank. In August 1940, the Luton plant was attacked from the air, killing 39 workers. The Churchill tank was developed from concept to manufacturing in less than a year. During World War II, about 5,600 Churchill tanks were manufactured. The Luton facility also produced 250,000 lorries.

1980 Vauxhall Chevette GL saloon
1980 Vauxhall Chevette GL saloon

Adelaide Hall performed a concert to boost worker morale on the 23rd, 24th, and 25th of February 1944. Adelaide Hall was a jazz vocalist and entertainer from the United States who lived in the United Kingdom; she entertained the workmen over their lunch break; almost 10,000 people. After WWII, production restarted, and automobiles were much more mass-market than pre-war models. By 1953, output had surpassed 100,000 automobiles per year for the first time, and the firm had produced its millionth vehicle.

The Vauxhall Viva went into production in 1963. The tiny family car was designed to compete with the Ford Anglia and Morris Minor. The Opel Kadett was the German name for the Viva. The Ellesmere Port factory in Cheshire began in 1962 to produce components for the Luton manufacturing lines. They did not begin manufacturing automobiles until 1964.

In May 1964, the Vauxhall Viva was introduced in Australia. The Slant Four started production in 1966. The FD Victor was introduced at the Earls Court Motor Show and is regarded as one of Vauxhall's greatest all-British style attempts. In the 1960s, Vauxhall saw a boom, with practically all households being able to buy a vehicle. The Viva was a success, and it was followed by the Cavalier in 1975 and the Astra in 1979.

The Astra was introduced in early 1980 as a replacement for the Viva. It was a rebadged version of the Opel Kadett, and it was marketed alongside it for many years. The Cavalier Mk2 was introduced soon after the Astra. While the Astra had staying power, the Mk2 Cavalier drove Vauxhall sales to new heights. The Cavalier's sales nearly tripled from 1981 to 1982, while Vauxhall's total sales more than quadrupled by 1984. In 1984, a redesigned Astra was introduced with a more aerodynamic design; was similar to the Sierra. This Astra was the first Vauxhall to win European Car of the Year.

The Vauxhall Corsa is one of the best-known cars in the UK and is a common sight on British roads. Launched in 1993, the Corsa was The Vauxhall Corsa is a well-known automobile in the United Kingdom and is frequently seen on British roads. The Corsa was introduced in 1993 to replace the ageing Nova. It was also offered under the Chevrolet and Holden brands and was sold all over the world.


The Corsa B was the first car to bear the Corsa brand, and it was marketed all over the world in hatchback and saloon configurations. The Corsa C was unveiled in 1999 and went on sale in October 2000. The new chassis was dubbed Gamma by General Motors, and it was intended to be used for a variety of different vehicles. In 2002, 2003, and 2004, the Corsa C was the best-selling supermini and the second best-selling car outright in the UK.

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