North Hants Tyres was founded in 1948 when my father realised that there was a market for tyres and second hand spare items that were hard to obtain in the post-war Britain. The small front room business slowly expanded until it encompassed the entire rear garden, a modern tyre remoulding plant being built there in 1952. North Hants Tyres became the largest remoulding factory in the south of England, even exporting abroad

old north hants tyres building in fleet road fleet
Twenty-two successful years later with the advent of motorways and more powerful cars, meant that by now the relatively low speed rated remoulds were much less in demand. North Hants Tyre has always carried a full range of modern new tyres for all vehicles - everything from a wheelbarrow to a earth mover tyre - these were the bread and butter for the business and carried on when the remoulding plant was eventually dismantled and sold.


north hants tyres old truck

My father's passion for vintage vehicles gave us the idea for a new and challenging line of tyres. Forty years ago, old cars were cheap to buy and new spares were readily available, but the old stock tyres to fit these vehicles were often too perished to be used. So we looked to the USA, the Americans were already ten years ahead of us in the restoration of the vintage vehicles and we established a link with Coker Tire Company in Chattanooga Tennessee. Together, over the past years we have developed many of the old size tyres, including the 450x18 and 450x19 Commander (now Excelsior) and 475/500x18 B.F.Goodrich.

As from January 1991 my father retired and we decided to specialise purely for the American, Classic and Vintage car enthusiast, and extensively widened our range of American accessories and service parts to cover the specialist niche market

dimaond back wide whitewall tyres

In 1998 we were appointed European distributor for Diamond Back radial classics, wide white wall radial had just been developed that could withstand the extreme flexibility of a radial without splitting or turning brown in colour. Other products included in the range were a Redline, Goldline and a Blueline tyre. We were now able to offer a complete radial product list from 155/80R13 to 235/60R16 from stock, and with the option of special build tyres in 17" - 24" for customers with modern vehicles wishing to gain the retro look.

north hants tyres avondale road fleet

In January 2000 to mark the new millennium we had another dramatic change We moved our whole business to our newly enlarged shop and stores, now everything was all under one roof with one convenient telephone number.



That same year we added our own private brand of Antique tyres "Excelsior". Initially 16 sizes ranging from 500/520x14 suitable for Morris Minor 1000, up to 500/525x21 for Lagonda's and Bentley.  Later the same year we introduced the "Excelsior" Beaded Edge (clincher Rim) range and it's the No 1 tyre for early Vehicles. North Hants Tyres and our partners continue to develop more sizes to the range, currently " Excelsior " is the largest private brand tyre in the world for the Antique Classic market.

2005. A year when the " Excelsior Comp H and Comp V" name broke into the Vintage Racing tyre scene 4 sizes in the Triple Stud H rated (130MPH) and "E" mark approved and 29 sizes in the Comp V range rated up to 149 MPH.

b.f.goodrich radial t/a

As well as looking after our Antique tyre customers we were also appointed UK distributors for American Racing and Colorado Custom wheels, and the biggest achievement for us of 2005 was to be appointed sole UK factory distributors for the B.F.Goodrich Radial T/A. B.F.Goodrich is synonymous with muscle car tyres of the 60's and 70's with their iconic raised white letters. B.F.Goodrich moved production to one factory so that they could continue to offer the complete range of the B.F.Goodrich Radial T/A




As we had steadily out grown of our Avondale Road warehouse  we were forced to look for a new freehold property. This was not possible in our home town, so we moved locally to a new 25'000 sq ft   warehouse in Aldershot. We now have space to increase our stocks, meaning that we can offer a greater stock range on a next day delivery.


In 2008 we were appointed as UK exclusive distributor for the Rocket Racing Wheel range, a name synonymous with 60's Muscle Car era. The range initially had 2 style of rims but grew quickly and now offers 5 Hot Rod / Muscle car designs as well as the Modern Muscle style for the late model American fitment

North Hants Tyres is still a family run company with 4 family members and 3 members of staff, most of whom have been with the company for many years. All for the staff at North Hants Tyres appreciate your interest in our company, whether it be an order or just technical advice.

John Pettifor.
Managing Director
North Hants Tyres.

Henry John House. 2 Ivy Road, Aldershot, Hampshire GU12 4TX Telephone:01252 318666