A short Winter tyre history lesson
Avon tyres here in the UK had a good range of winter tyres just as they have today. I can remember that one of the most modern cars was, of course, the Mini and the Mini Coopers. These cars were good in snowy conditions, but the tyre Manufacturers started to bring out winter tyres for these little cars, something to do with the fact that these cars were doing very well in rallying.
Avon tyres brought out a tyre that was going to become familiar with mini owners, known as the “Arctic winter range” these came out originally in the 145x10 tyre size, but as the wheels were becoming wider, there was a version on a 165/70x10 tyre size. Avon also makes a modern day winter tyre range known as the “Avon Ice Touring ST” range of tyres, which come out in many sizes.
Part of the original article by Eric Roberts http://www.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk/tyre-manufacturers-best-winter-tyres/