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Jaguar XK Tyres

Longstone Tyres recommendation for the best road tyre for an XK120, XK140 or XK150 is the 185VR16 CA67 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™.

The Jaguar XK120, XK140 and XK150 came from the factory fitted with 600x16 Dunlop RS5 cross ply vintage tyres which are sadly currently no longer being made by Dunlop. Luckily for owners of these fabulous cars today, there are plenty of options of cross ply or radial alternatives it is no longer necessary to use van tyres or taxi tyres for your XK120, XK140 and XK150. The majority of people feel more comfortable using these cars fitted with radial tyres on todays modern faster dual carriageways and motorways out of which the PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ offers the best balance of grip performance and light steering while maintaining a nice tall tyre for the gearing and looks.

Jaguar XK120 tyres

The earlier XK120 had spats on the rear wheel arches. Because of the spats some radial tyres don't fit on an XK120. However because the CINTURATO ™ is a period tire, it will fit within the spats of an XK120

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Crossply Tyres

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600H16 Avon Turbospeed 710 180 £159.00
600H16 Dunlop RS5 709 175 POA

Radial Tyres

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600WR16 Michelin Pilot X 708 190 £285.00
185HR16 Vredestein Sprint Classic 695 185 £249.00
185VR16 Avon Turbosteel 690 185 £179.00
185VR16 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 705 178 £239.00
185SR16 Michelin X 707 180 £186.00

Racing Tyres

16" Rim Size

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600x16 R5 Dunlop Racing 708 198 121 4.5 - 6 £241.00
STOP PRESS: Prices reduced for XK Jaguar Borrani wheels!

If you would like to have the ultimate wire wheel upgrade then please click here for information on Borrani wire wheels for the XK Jaguar .

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XK Fitted with Borrani Wire Wheels

XK Jag Tyres

XK 120 Tyres The Jaguar XK120, XK140 and XK150 all came from the factory fitted with 600x16 cross ply vintage tyres. Luckily for owners of these fabulous cars today, there are more than enough options available in this size and it is no longer necessary to use van tyres or taxi tyres. We have superb

supplies of vintage cross ply tyres and classic radial tyres suitable for use on the XK120, XK140 and XK150.

XK Jaguar Crossply Tyres

Of the cross ply tyres available the original 600H16 Dunlop RS5 would be the best option giving you perfect period looks negating the need to fit wider tyres with a chunky tread pattern that will make the steering feel unnecessarily heavy. Of course if you want the ultimate cross ply tyre then the fully road legal 600x16 Dunlop Racing tyre would be best in its class.


Radial XK Jaguar Tyres

The only radial tyres that would have been available in the 1950's are the 185SR16 Michelin X and the 185VR16 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™, these tyres will give light steering due to their design.
Jaguar XK Tyres

The Jaguar XK120, XK140 and XK150 were regarded as one of the best sports cars of their time and fitted the same size tyres as other top marques such as Ferrari, Maserati and Aston Martin. Due to the demand by so many classic

cars for one tyre size Michelin have designed a new classic tyre to suit called the 600WR16 Pilote X (with a W(168mph) speed rating). This tyre has a period cross ply style tread pattern designed to move water quickly at high speed and grip tenaciously in all conditions! The Michelin Pilote X has slightly rounded sidewalls with period styled writing and cross ply style dimensions on the sidewalls all based on the best tyre technology currently available. We can currently offer free delivery on all orders of these tyres.

Longstone Tyres are now pleased to be able to offer XK owners the 185VR16 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ as a fantastic period alternative. The CINTURATO ™ was fitted to many cars in period as the ultimate performance tyre upgrade! Jaguar XK Tires
Jaguar XK 16" Tyre Options

For an unbiased view of the 16" tyres available the please click on this link to an article written in the Maserati Club magazine, please bear in mind that this article was written while the PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ was unavailable! .

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Jaguar XK Fitted with Michelin 600WR16 Pilote X Tyres


XK Jaguar History

During World War 2 the Jaguar design team led by Sir William Lyons set to work on a brand new double overhead cam engine. As it neared completion it became obvious that a worthy successor to the SS100, powered by the new 160bhp engine, would be possible. The decision to build a sportscar to house the engine was given the go ahead. Less than 2 months later, in October 1948, the Jaguar XK120 was unveiled at the Earls Court Motor Show. The car was an instant success with the public and press alike hardly able to comprehend the availability of 120mph sportscar that was civilised at all speeds and cost only £998! The Jaguar XK 120 evolved throughout its life with the advent, in 1954, of the XK 140 with 190bhp and (small) XK Jaguar Tyres
Jaguar XK Fitted with Michelin 600WR16 Pilote X Tyres
backseat and the final incarnation in 1957, the XK150, with disc brakes and a 210bhp engine option. Production of all Jaguar XK120, XK140 and XK150 variants, dropheads, roadsters and fixed heads ceased in 1961.


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