Say that title five times fast…I wasn’t aware that Grand Am tires were actually a thing until I did a doubletake when passing by this one. Turns out that they are in fact a real thing and in this case are Grand Am Radial GT’s, apparently manufactured by the Multi-Mile Tire Company. I wonder if the name is the reason the owner chose them. Were I to have the opportunity to name and market a tire I probably would avoid any association with the now defunct Pontiac model, but I have a different job. If you had an Olds Alero or a Ford Tempo for example, would you avoid Grand Am tires or hope that they’d give you a little more pep in your step?
Here’s that magnificent beast in all its glory, but that’s all I could bring myself to waste pixels on. Perhaps next time. The only tire I can think of that also is named the same as a vehicle is the Goodyear Wrangler, which were the stock tires on the Jeep Wrangler such as the one we have. It’s sort of a brilliant marketing move by someone, especially then making them outline white letters (which the current model Jeep doesn’t have). Are there other instances of tires named the same as vehicles where one could have the same name on both? Offhand the Lancia Scorpion comes to mind, Pirelli Scorpions would work there…I suppose a Nissan Pathfinder could run Pathfinder tires too, actually.