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Aston Martin DB2 Tyres

The tyre of choice for an Aston Martin DB2 is the 185V16 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™.

An e-mail from another satisfied customer.

Dear Dougal & Simon,

Well, Dougal you aren't the prettiest sight on Youtube but I did enjoy your clip on the best tyres for a DB 2/4.

I think I have just bought either the sixth or seventh set of Michelin Pilote from you for my DB Astons, and I could not agree with you more. They are 'head and shoulders' above all other tyres, and I regret using Avons for twelve years on my DB4GT before I bought a set from you for it about two years ago. They provide much lighter steering, better grip, no squealing, and of course there isn't a better looking tyre for the car. Will send you some shots of them fitted to my 2/4 Mark II shortly.

Kind regards,

Anthony


Aston Martin 16" Tyre Options

From left to right we have the Michelin Pilote X, the Vredestein, Michelin X, Avon Turbosteel, Avon Turbospeed, and also the PIRELLI CINTURATO ™.

As you can see from the picture the PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ and Michelin Pilote X are the most suitable options for DB Aston Martins with 16" wire wheels. Other tyres are too fat or too low.


Crossply Tyres

16" Rim Size

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600H16 Avon Turbospeed 710 180 £166.00
600H16 Dunlop RS5 709 175 POA

The Aston Martin DB2 origianally fitted a 600x16 Click here to see the Radial and Cross-ply options available for your Aston Martin DB2 .


DB2 Tyres

DB Aston Martins, are arguably the best sports cars of the day, and until 1962/3 they fitted the same size tyres as all the other top marques such as Ferrari, Maserati, Jaguar etc. Because this size is needed for the "best" cars, Michelin set themselves the task of manufacturing the best possible tyre.

With these 50s performance cars in mind they produced the Michelin Pilote X 600WR16 which is a tall period looking tyre designed to keep steering light with a tread pattern that can move water very effeciently. The Pilote X has rounded side walls with writing on the side designed to look like tyres of the period yet built with the best modern tyre manufacturing technology to keep the road noise down to a minimum with brilliant handling characteristics.

The Dutch company Vredestein make radial tyres in the size 185HR16. Vredestein tyres are proving very popular with the XK Jags because it, historically, has a very low price.

Importantly with classic cars a tyre should be designed to give you, as the driver, the feed-back you need to make the experience of driving your car pleasurable, instead of the numb experience you could get if your car ends up fitted with a modern tyre carcass designed for power steering and modern suspension.

Michelin also still manufacture the original radial tyre - the Michelin X. This tyre is closest to the original crossply in shape and will keep your steering as light as is possible when fitting a radial. The Michelin X is its own worst enemy in that they last for ever and people may well have driven on a tyre that is 50 years old! The Michelin X is available at a very competitive price and for a more steady driver (speed rating 112mph) is a very nice option, keeping the handling the way it should be while at the same time being gentle to your wallet.

Avon make the TurboSteel - another good sporty option. If you want to slightly lower your car and have a big foot-print and the price is important to you, then Turbosteel is for you. Considering Aston's long standing relationship with Avon the TurboSteel was tempting until Michelin produced the Pilote X and the re-emergence of the PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ gave us better options.

Cross-ply tyres are still just right for some, where originality is important. Fitting cross-plys will keep your steering good and light and they also give a very comfortable smooth ride. Directional stability is the issue for cross-ply tyres and at cruising speeds they tend to wander. This is unavoidable by the nature of cross-ply construction, no matter what wild claims some manufacturers may make. If its cross-ply you want there is no doubt it needs to be the Avon TurboSpeed 600H16 as it is the tyre your cars left the factory on.

You wouldn't give Marilyn Monroe, Marge Simpsons hair style. So the exciting news for cars such as these is the re-emergence of the PIRELLI CINTURATO ™PIRELLI CINTURATO ™. This is the only genuinely period tyre available in this size with a suitable speed rating (V 150mph) this was a hugely famous tyre in Europe and it was the upgrade tyre as it had the advantage of being a radial tyre but it was also progressive so it was the perfect tyre for road and track, just like an Aston.

These PIRELLI CINTURATO™'s have just become available again exclusively through Longstone Tyres (00 44 1302 711 123). There is a special offer on the CINTURATO™'s, Longstone Tyres will ship them free of charge, and if you mention you are a club member you will get a club discount!

For an unbiased view of the 16" tyres available, please click here for an article which appeared in the Maserati Club magazine.


History of the Aston Martin DB2

The DB2 was the first of the Aston Martin cars to carry Sir David Browns initials. Four cylinder engines powered the early cars, but production series cars were given 6 cylinder 2.6 litre units capable of producing around 105 bhp with 60 coming up in around 11 seconds. In total 400 were produced with about 97 Aston Martin DB2 as drop head coupes.

In all 411 Aston Martin DB2s were produced from 1950 through to 1953, and the cars success was due to the fact that the second, third, and fourth DB2 models produced were taken to compete at Le Mans. Two of the cars finished in first and second in their class that year and all three of the cars continued to race right through to 1951. The results for these three cars ensured the success of David Brown's company.


Aston Martin DB2 Borrani Wheels

Borrani wheels are still available for your Aston Martin DB2, as agents for the iconic Ruote Borrani Milano company we are able to supply all wheels from their extensive range.

If your Aston Martin DB2 Borrani wheels require rebuilding then please contact us at sales@borrani.co.uk.

Borrani Wheels for a Aston Martin DB2

Aston Martin DB2 wheels made by Ruote Borrani Milano are, without doubt, the best wire wheels available. Borrani wheels utilise aluminium rims, steel spokes and steel wheel centres.

Aston Martin wheels made by Borrani are available in the following styles:
  • Painted silver finish, as per the racing wheels of the period
  • Polished and chrome finish, highly polished rim, chrome spokes & wheel centre
  • Painted finish with polished outer edge
Aston Martin DB2 borrani

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