Goodyear Tire Ashtrays
Goodyear tire ashtrays are items of smoking paraphernalia distributed by the American tire and rubber manufacturer Goodyear.
History & Description
Goodyear tire ashtrays are characterised by a glass insert wrapped in a scaled-down version of an automobile tire. Essentially, the tires can be considered as a miniature of the real thing. Branded on their sides are the Goodyear logo, sizes and other classifications found on real tires. They were considered and produced to be exact replicas in every way.
Goodyear tires ashtrays were first manufactured in the 1950s and continued to be produced and distributed until sometime in the 1980s. Is it believed that high production costs were the main reason why Goodyear chose to halt production of these novelty items.
Guide for collectors
Goodyear tire ashtrays are a relatively inexpensive collectible in the cigarette and smoking collectors market. Prices for individual examples rarely exceed $20 and it isn’t uncommon for an individual Goodyear tire ashtray to be sold for around $5. However, Goodyear tire ashtrays are typically sold at auction in a large group of around ten or twenty. These prices tend to range from $140 to $400.
The average price is determined on an items’ condition, age and the specific tire being promoted. In addition, the glass inserts can also influence the overall price as they vary in colour and quality and some have pasted-on advertising.
Notable auction sales
On September 16th 2005 at RM Auctions in Auburn, Indianapolis, a group of Goodyear tire ashtrays realised a price of $225.
On September 16th 2005 at RM Auctions in Auburn, Indianapolis, a large group of Goodyear tire ashtrays and a few clocks realised a price of $375.
On September 16th 2005 at RM Auctions in Auburn, Indianapolis, a group of original Goodyear tire ashtrays and a few clocks realised a price of $300.
On March 6th 2012, a vintage rubber Goodyear tire ashtray was sold on eBay for $37.