US Royal Tiger Paw Tires Are Available beyond the 1964 GTO

Jackson Wheeler
1 Min Read

Modern automotive tires are huge compared to the skinny, stiff rubber that went on vehicles back in the 1960s, and this 1964 advertisement for the “Super-Safety 800” bias-plies sold to Pontiac by US Royal (which became Uniroyal and eventually got absorbed into the Michelin Empire)

for use on the GTO makes that point very well.

Known as the “Tiger Paw” when installed on John DeLorean’s money-printing masterwork, this tire was roughly the same size as a modern 215/75-R14 tire and gripped like a cat on a freshly waxed hardwood floor. Still, they worked well enough for drag racing in their time, and you couldn’t argue with the coolness of the name.

Share This Article
Jackson Wheeler is a skilled editor at, specializing in automotive content. With a background in Journalism and Automotive Engineering, he combines his passion for cars with his writing expertise to deliver captivating articles. Jackson's deep knowledge of automotive technology and his racing experience make him a valuable asset to the team, providing readers with informative and engaging content.
Leave a comment