Vintage Tyres: Veteran, Vintage & Classic Tyres for Car and Motorcycle

2 Specialist Tyre centres in Beaulieu & Bicester

Welcome to Vintage Tyres, for your convenience we have 2 main tyre centres in the UK: Visit us at Beaulieu Motor Museum and Bicester Heritage

SVA Trade Members welcome!

SVA trade members are welcome to register their business to enjoy a Vintage Tyres trade account, for more details go to Trade Link Registration

Just like you, we’re all car and bike enthusiasts here at Vintage Tyres. That’s a thread running through the history of the company which was founded in 1962 by enthusiasts determined to keep older cars and bikes on the road.

Meet the Vintage Tyres team

Ben Field Managing Director of Vintage Tyres To see the full team click on the image..
The team are enthusiasts as well as experts in Classic Car tyres

Back when we started, it was all about Dunlop. Today we still proudly stock a great range of Dunlop products alongside more than a dozen other premium brands including Avon, Michelin, Firestone, Vredestein and BF Goodrich. We have also developed our own brands, Ensign and Waymaster to ensure the availability of high-quality beaded-edge and crossply tyres in a variety of sizes and patterns.

In stock we have a huge range of tyres to suit cars and bikes from the 1890s to the 1990s, plus all the associated inner tubes and rimbands.

Vintage Tyres has been bringing long-extinct tyre patterns back into production for decades. These include the Dunlop Aquajet and Weathermaster, the Avon Traction Mileage and a range of Ensign Chevrons. The process of reintroduction, and in some cases, re-invention never stops. There’s always something new, albeit veteran, vintage, classic or modern classic, at Vintage Tyres.

How to read your tyres and select the correct replacements

Frequently asked questions about Classic Car tyres can be answered on the website. See below just 1 example..

I need to replace a tyre on my car but I can’t find a local garage that can help, the tyres are 820×120 beaded edge.

We can understand tyre dealers and garages expressing concern as they are quite different from modern tyres. However, with a little advice and care it is possible to fit them yourself. Firstly with the tyre removed check the rim for condition if necessary we can provide a copy of the rim profile. Check for crushed clinches, sharp and corroded edges etc.

  • Slightly inflate the tube and with some French chalk fit the tube inside the tyre
  • Offer the tyre to the rim and put the valve in the valve hole
  • With a beaded edge tyre lever, lever on the inside bead first, taking care to avoid pinching the tube, beaded edge tyres are like giant elastic bands so expect some resistance
  • When you’re satisfied that the first side is on correctly, work around the rim with the lever, you will find it easier with two levers at this point, one to hold the beginning in place and one to work around
  • With the tyre fitted rotate the tyre while bouncing on the ground to ensure the heels fit into the clinches correctly, when you’re satisfied that the tyre is fitted correctly inflate the tyre to 5psi, stop and check correct heel fitment and inflate to correct pressure

For more details on your own tyres or to get in touch with Vintage Tyres Beaulieu or Bicester

VINTAGE TYRES – BEAULIEU National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN Email: Call: 01590 612261

Monday8:30 – 17:00
Tuesday8:30 – 17:00
Wednesday8:30 – 17:00
Thursday8:30 – 17:00
Friday8:30 – 17:00

VINTAGE TYRES – BICESTER Building 94, Bicester Heritage, OX26 5HA Email: Call: 01869 243528

Monday10:00 – 15:00
Wednesday10:00 – 15:00
Friday10:00 – 15:00



SVA trade accounts available