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We cease to provide a fitting service from 5th November.




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Classic Fiat 500 Tyres

Milan, 19 August 2020 – Pirelli is launching a new tyre for the iconic Fiat 500: the car that symbolised mass motoring in Italy more than any other. This new tyre forms part of the Pirelli Collezione: a family of classic tyres dedicated to cars from 1950 to 1990, which combine a classic look with modern technology, while maintaining the overall originality of the tyre as it was first made.

Classic Fiat 500 Blog

13/11/2020
Stanley Steam Car

1914 Stanley Steam Car

It’s not every day you see a 106 year old Stanley Steam car on the road.

Recently purchased by its current owner and in need of a fresh set of 815 x 105 Ensign Chevron Cord Beaded Edge tyres.

The Ensign Chevron Cord is the direct replacement, using the exact same mould used to produce the no longer produced Dunlop Chevron.

29/10/2020

The Michelin XWX

So today, along with the many phone calls and online orders we had a visit from this completely original, 1979, 6.9 litre, W116 V8 Mercedes 450SEL for a fresh set of Michelin 215/70 x 14 XWX.

The XWX is the perfect high speed, period correct, original equipment radial tyre from one of the world’s leading tyre manufactures.

With a W speed rating allowing it to handle speeds up to 170 mph.

30/09/2020

The Michelin XWX

So today, along with the many phone calls and online orders we had a visit from this completely original, 1979, 6.9 litre, W116 V8 Mercedes 450SEL for a fresh set of Michelin 215/70 x 14 XWX.

The XWX is the perfect high speed, period correct, original equipment radial tyre from one of the world’s leading tyre manufactures.

With a W speed rating allowing it to handle speeds up to 170 mph.

25/09/2020
Free Michelin Polishing Cloth Deal

Free Michelin Polishing Cloth

Buy any set of 4 or 5 Michelin tyres and not only are you buying superb tyres at a great price you will also receive a FREE Michelin embroidered Micro Fibre polishing cloth, while stocks last.

11/09/2020
courtesy of Francois-Arsene Jolivett

Circuit des Remparts d’Angoulême News 2020

After an epic event last year we have been informed that the Association of the Circuit des Remparts, in agreement with the Prefecture of the Charente and the Lord Mayor of Angoulême, has decided to postpone the 49th running of its event, scheduled for this coming 18-19-20 September, to 17-18-19 September 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Despite the organisers commitment and determination, the sudden exacerbation of the Covid 19 epidemic has led to a raft of health and regulatory decisions in the past few days which, taking into account the organisation of our event, made this outcome inevitable.

Preparations are already underway of the 2021 event, which we are told will be an even bigger success than the first three we have organised since 2017, especially as the 2020 Circuit des Remparts promised to be an even greater triumph.

The "Circuit des Remparts Organisers" would like to offer you the choice of a refund, or to carry over your Payment/Entry to 2021. Contact Information.

Contact Repayment: report2021@circuitdesremparts.com

Contact Press Office François Granet, vice president-Medias +33 625 911 277 f.granet@circuitdesremparts.com /// media@circuitdesremparts.com

Association du Circuit des Remparts d’Angoulême* 19, place Bouillaud – 16000 Angoulême – France www.circuitdesremparts.com *association sans but lucratif sous l’égide de la loi de 190.

03/09/2020
MGB 165 HR 14 Pirelli Cinturato CA67

165 x 14 Pirelli Cinturato CA67 MGB Tyres

Correct period 165 x 14 Pirelli Cinturato CA67 fitted to this lovely 1970’s British racing green, chrome bumper MGB GT. Although the tyres are tubeless, quality Michelin 14D inner tubes and rim tapes were fitted at the request of the customer to guarantee no air would be lost when fitted to his wire wheels. Air can sometimes leak through the spoke heads even though most new wire wheels are classed as tubeless wheel.

Another satisfied customer.

The MGB did handle at its best on 165 size tyres. Low profile tyres such as a 185/70R14 were available to MG from 1968. However, the manufacturers of the best little sports cars such as Triumph, Austin Healey, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and of course MG did their testing with 185/70 tyres, but because their sportscar handled better with a 165 tyres, that is what they continued to fit. The bigger engine MGC fitted 165R15 Pirelli Cinturato CA67, and when MG fitted the V8 engine to the MGB V8 they increased the tyre size to a 175HR14. However I don’t think these larger tyred V8 cars were complimented for their improved handling.

The first MGB’s fitted a crossply 560-14 of which you have very little to choose from today, thankfully the radial equivalent would be 155TR14 Michelin X which is still available.

Later the original tyre for MG B’s was 165HR14 Pirelli Cinturato which is still in production today.

An alternative performance tyre is the 165HR14 Michelin XAS.

An MGB will handle best with 165 tyres. However Low profile options 185/70VR14 Cinturato CN36 or 185/70 VR 14 Michelin XAS.

27/08/2020
145 R 13 Pirelli CINTURATO CA67 Michelin XAS Tyres

145 R 13 Tyres


Some Good News,
For many years the popular tyre size 145R13 has not been supported by any of the important classic tyre manufacturers.

The good news is that two of the world’s best tyre manufacturers, Pirelli and Michelin have now stepped up and made a quality tyre in the size 145R13, perfect for Austin Healey Frog Eye Sprite or Lotus Elan owner

In 1952 Pirelli developed the Cinturato, as a radial tyre designed to complement the handling of sports cars of the 1950s. The Cinturato tyre became a go to sportscar tyre throughout the 1960s and well into the 1970s. The Cinturato was used as original equipment by, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Maserati, Rover, Aston Martin, MG and Lotus.

Pirelli have been celebrating their heritage by making many of these important classic car tyres again, involved in this was the reintroduction of the 145R13 Cinturato CA67. At the time this was not only the only H rated 145R13 tyre, but also the only 145R13 with a classic tread pattern built onto a classic car carcass that compliments the chassis of classic cars such as the Frog Eyed Sprite, Triumph Spirtfire, Lotus Elan and MG Midget.

The handling characteristics of the 145HR13 Pirelli Cinturato CA67 gives the driver progressive behaviour in the bends making it a predictable tyre and great fun in a light weight rear wheel drive sports car, this very much adds to the pleasure of driving a 1960 sports car.


In 1965 with the development of the dual carriageway and motorway, the need to develop tyres that improved the directional stability of cars at high maintained cruising speeds became more prevalent. Michelin at the time were very involved with Citroen and their new DS which was a little on the wandery side. This issue was solved when Michelin introduced the XAS, the first asymmetric radial tyre.

Michelin have now manufactured a 145R13 XAS again with a H speed rating, making it the perfect period tyre for little sports cars from the 60’s and 70’s. Giving the driver a more relaxing drive at cruising speeds on dual carriage and of course the assurance you get with Michelins fantastic build quality

14/08/2020
Pirelli Stella Bianca Wire Wheel Vintage Stella Bianca

600 V 16 Tyres

For the first time in a while we now have a proper period V rated cross ply tyre in the size 6.00 V 16. Aston Martin DB2, DB2/4, DB MK3 & DB4 fitted 6.00V16 tyres as did XK120, XK140 & XK150, not to mention Maserati 300S and some of the 1950s Ferrari. The tyre we now have is the 6.00V16 Pirelli Stella Bianca. This tyre was original equipment for Ferrari and Maserati but the British sports cars tended to fit 600V16 Dunlop RS5 which is no longer made or the 6.00H16 Avon TurboSpeed which now only achieves a H speed rating.

Up until recently we have been recommending radial alternatives the best of which being the 185VR16 Pirelli Cinturato CA67. The only other period option being the 185SR16 Michelin X, which is great value, but it does only have an S rating, so haveig such a high performance genuine period crossply with a V speed rating is great news.

Here is a review from a happy customer.

Dear Tom,

You may be interested in the following:

I fitted the Pirelli Stella Biancas on the front wheels of the LeaF this morning, and made a 20 mile test run on smooth paved roads: Great success! I shall be ordering another pair for the rear wheels shortly.

Further: Since the Pirellis are marked 185/80 vs 165 /95 on the Avon Turbospeeds that I'm now replacing, I was afraid the Pirellis might foul the longitudinal drag link on full lock. But the two brands are of almost exactly same overall width: Avons 173 mm when inflated to 26 psi, and the Pirellis 169 mm at 30 psi. I witnessed the balancing of the Pirellis, and I cannot remember ever having seen tyres that are of such consistent radius: No radial ply whatsoever on either tyre.

All the best

Bard

26/06/2020

Jaguar XJ6 Tyres

Over the last month we've created quite a few youtube videos on our channel Longstone Tyres - Vintage & Classic Car Tyres.
Here are some of our latest videos you may like:

05/06/2020

Classic Rallying

Having done the 100 miles of Amsterdam which was organised in conjunction with our friends at PreWarCar.com by Bart Klein who runs the classic Rallying organisation via-flaminia.com. I have been in contact with Bart recently as he runs Via-Flaminia because he himself is a keen classic rally man. Longstone Classic Tyres are capable of shipping tyres all over the world with surprising efficiency. In all fairness it is not us that is clever, it is the carrier companies we use. However our experience with them and need to get things right has meant that they work very well for us and the knock on effect is our customers get a good service. So now Longstone Tyres are the Official Tyre Supplier for Trails of Africa in April 2021 and Trials of Africa in October 2021.

02/03/2020

New Classic Car Pages

Over the last few weeks we've created quite a few new pages here are some you may like:


07/10/2019

Longstone Videos


Vintage Tyres


Longstone Tyres

For some time now Longstone Classic Tyres have been renown as a world leading supplier of vintage tyres. Longstone hold enormous stocks of classic and Vintage tyres from the world’s leading tyre manufacturers. Longstone keep close relationships with historic tyre manufacturers who are still interested in celebrating their heritage.

Michelin Collection

Michelin Bond Advert

The Michelin Collection range of tyres has been pretty constant throughout history. Except for a few small gaps, Michelin’s commitment to producing important vintage tyres such as the time-honored Michelin X has been exceptional. The Michelin X was the first radial tyre, fitted on the Citroen traction Avant, 2CV and early Citroen DS. Then of course the venerable XAS, where Michelin introduced the first asymmetric radial tyre, dramatically improving the high speed cruising ability of cars of the late 1960s. After this the Michelin XWX, a famous historic tread pattern fitted to Ferraris of the ‘70s and forever synonymous with the fabulous old Dino 246GT. In the late 1970s the excellent TRX, a ground-breaking tyre, allowed low profile tyres to still give an acceptable level of vibration absorption. The Michelin Collection range is now moving into modern classic, as well as vintage tyres with additions such as the MXV3-A for young timer hatch-back cars like the Golf GTi, Pilot Sport for Ferrari Testrossa, Dodge Viper and Aston Martin Vantage and SX MXX3 for modern classic Porsche. Michelin also make the exceptional range of TB15 and TB5 road legal tyres for classic tarmac rallies. Of course with these tyres, you know they are a Michelin so you have that guarantee of quality.

Lucas Vintage Tyres

Lucas Vintage tyres from the US offer an exceptional value range of proper vintage tyres. These are tyres that we at Longstone Tyres are happy to drive our vintage Model A Ford from one side of the country to the other. The quality is considerably better than you would expect for the price. Offering extremely good value for cars such as the 20/25 and 25/30 Rolls Royce in the guise of a 650-19. The 440/450-21 and 475/500-19 tyres are not just vintage tyres suited to Ford they are also great value for a wide range of vintage cars from both sides of the pond. The range also includes the vintage Wards Riverside 30-3½. This tyre has the unproven claim of being the most common tyre in the world in 1927, because it was the easiest Ford Model T tyre to get your hands on in America due to the Montgomery Wards catalogue and department stores that supplied the US with pretty much everything, including Tin Lizzie tyres.

Dunlop

Dunlop Aqua Jet Tyres

Dunlop Sadly make no genuine vintage tyres or classic tyres for road cars. There are a few period Dunlop tread patterns on tyres made by other companies under licence. However Dunlop themselves do not manufacture them. They have also released a range of tyres called Dunlop Sport Classic. Sadly they are not proper classic tyres. They are modern tyres made in a few classic car tyre sizes. Generally we would suggest fitting a proper classic tyre, such as a Pirelli Cinturato, Michelin Collection tyre (such as XWX, XAS or XZX) or even the Dunlop SP Sport or Dunlop Aquajet, (that Dunlop are currently having made under licence) would be preferable to the Dunlop Sport Classic range.

Dunlop Racing Tyres

Where Dunlop do excel is their extensive range of historic Dunlop Racing Tyres. For years now Dunlop Racing Tyres have been a mainstay of the historic racing scene. Not just because they were very popular tyres in period, but the FIA recognise them as their control tyre. This is because Dunlop Racing Tyres have continuously maintained an extensive, all-inclusive range of tyres in their 204 compound. The 204 compound historic Dunlop Racing tyres can handle racing, while at the same time offering reasonable longevity. So if you want to go racing in your vintage Type 51 Bugatti you will start off with plenty of tread depth, you may even find you get a full season’s racing out of a set. However what is important, is that the Dunlop Racing Vintage Tyres will return better lap times than any of the budget alternatives. It is not just Vintage tyres that the Dunlop racing range includes. The R5, CR65 and CR48 tyres of the 1950s & ‘60s are also used by the FIA as an excellent way of levelling the playing field for classic cars on a race grid that can be 10 years apart in development so the consistent 204 compound of the Dunlop vintage racing tyres helps make for a good race. Also worth noting the Dunlop Racing R1, Dunlop Racing 5-Stud and Dunlop racing R5 (on 16” wheels and taller) are road legal.


Classic Tyres


Avon

Avon make a small range of historic road tyres, such as the Avon Turbo Speed crossply tyre, for early David Brown Aston Martin and Rolls Royce Silver Cloud. Fortunately, Avon Also make a few crossply Turbo Speed for cars that would have originally fitted a Dunlop RS5 such as the 5.90H15 tyre for the Austin Healey. However many of these cars today want a radial tyre to make them more compatible with modern high speed cruising road conditions so they fit a tyre such as a radial Pirelli Cinturato, or Michelin XAS or XWX. Avon Also make a small range of budget classic radial tyres for those who want to stick with the brand Avon. Avon also nicely fill a niche with their small range of Avon Tourist HM tyres. They make a 4.50-17 for the Ford Pop and Morris 8 of the 1940s, and a few 16” tyres 5.25-16, 5.50-16 and 6.00-16, which we often recommend as good cross ply tyres for more proletariat cars of he ‘40s and ‘50s.

185/70 R15 Avon CR6ZZ

Avon CR6ZZ

Avon CR6ZZ is an excellent road legal range of modern race tyres that are produced in various sizes and used by high power classic cars on the track. What makes the CR6ZZ range stand out is that they have a very robust carcass with rounded shoulder that compliments the chassis set up of a classic car on the race track. They also offer an extensive range of tall tyres for wide 15” wheels.

White Wall Tyres

We offer an extensive range of White Wall Tyres from the likes of General, Firestone, Goodrich, Hankook, etc. The range of tyre sizes and white wall sizes is extensive. There are white wall radial and crossply tyre construction, which offers something for everyone. However, it is worth pointing out if you do have a European sports car, there are few more vulgar things you can do to your car than fit a white wall. It is understandable with a big American car, but if the handling of your car is something you value, then stick with a proper period tyre from a performance tyre manufacturer such as Michelin or Pirelli. If you are determined to fit a white wall tyre, but do want to maintain the handling that a period sports car offers we can also arrange to have a white wall built into the carcass of a tyre of your choice.

Pirelli Collezione

Pirelli Cinturato

The Pirelli Collezione range of tyres, is a more recent range of classic and Vintage tyres, which is expanding nicely. Pirelli offer the correct and original 125R12 Cinturato tyre for the vintage Fiat 500, 6.00V16 Stella Bianca for cars like Maserati A6 and Ferrari 250 Europa, the crazy wide 345/35R15 P7 for the back of a Lamborghini Countach, and the tall 205R15 CN72 which was the largest tyre that could handle the power of the supercars of the Mid 1960s and was fitted to cars such as the Ferrari 500 Superfast, Maserati Ghibi, Lamborghini 400 GT and Iso Grifo. The Pirelli range also now offers a pretty comprehensive range of classic Porsche tyres from the 165R15 CN36 for early 911 & 356, to the 16” P7 tyres for the 964 and 928 of the 1990s. Two sizes of P700-Z have been added to the collezione range for the UR Audi Quattro, as well as a small range of the P5 tyres that Jaguar asked Pirelli to make for their luxury cars such as XJ6, XJ12, XJS and XJ40 of the late ‘70s and 1980s. The Pirelli Collezione range also includes the P7 Corsa Classic; road legal tyres for classic tarmac rallying.

At Longstone Tyres we are car enthusiasts first and foremost. We are keen to help our customers find the best tyre for their classic car.