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The perfect tyre for a Wolseley 1500
PIRELLI and Michelin have made a new tyre for the 1500 cars. When the Wolseley 1500 first came out it was fitted with 500X14 tyres, which nobody makes any more. There are a couple of 500/520X14 crossply tyres, neither of which I would encourage you to fit and sadly the Dunlop 520X14 is no longer made.
The good news is that Pirelli have just made a new tyre, a 145 R 14 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67, which is a perfect tyre for a Wolseley 1500.
The PIRELLI 145R14 Cinturato CA67 has a period correct tread pattern, it is also tall, thin, with a carcass that is developed in period to make cars like a 1500 Wolseley handle better than it would do using a period crossply or a modern tyre of the same size.
Later the Wolseley moved to a 560X14 Crossply, this is also no longer made by anyone that we know of. The radial alternative to this tyre would be either 145R14 or 155r14, of which Michelin have just made a 155 TR 14 Michelin X.
For these Wolseley 1500 cars you can choose now between two perfect period tyres that will be much nicer to drive on than anything else. The Pirelli for handling and the Michelin X for slightly longer legs on motorways.
What is particularly interesting about these tyres is they are both proper, period tyres. The Michelin X came out in 1949 and the Pirelli Cinturato came out in 1952 and was known as the best tyre of the 1950's and 1960's.
I wouldn’t be surprised if many of these cars have been using 165R14 tyres. This is because it is a more easily accessible tyre which is fitted to the MGB. I would suggest that a 165R14 is too big and heavy for a car that was originally designed to run on 500X14 crossply tyres.
Formula Vintage series kicks off at Silverstone race circuit
21st & 22nd April 2018
The new year is here and the snowdrops are gracing us with their delicate, modest beauty as we anticipate the excitement of the spring season. Spring heralds the start of the racing season for the VSCC when the Formula Vintage series kicks off at Silverstone race circuit. This event is always intoxicating as competitors and spectators alike come out of hibernation to take part in the thrills of the track. We'll see familiar faces and cars as well as new-comers, but above all the most amazing eclectic collection of original, modified and special vintage and classic sports cars.
Longstone Tyres will be there with their extensive range of vintage tyres for all your classic and vintage cars ranging from Austin Sevens to Ferraris and everything in between. Whether you race, trial, sprint, rally or just pootle in your car, come to see us for advice about what is available to you. A selection of the most popular tyres will be on show for you to peruse at your leisure or if you know what you want you can contact us to pre-order, ensuring your tyres will be there on the day for fitting or collection.
If you've never been to Silverstone VSCC meeting before then now's your chance to be part of this great event. See the VSCC website for details.
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta
For owners of the Classic Alfa Romeo Giulietta and the early Giulia, the good news is we have just received a new delivery of the PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 155HR15. It is a brilliant tyre that came out in the early ‘50s as the first radial tyre that was developed to suit sports cars of the period, and offer enhanced grip while at the same time remaining progressive. And of course they look fantastic. Is there a tread pattern more evocative for a classic sports car than PIRELLI’s CA67 CINTURATO ™
There are other tyres that are produced in this size, but the only other one you would really consider would be the Michelin XAS 155HR15. Nothing else has a suitable carcass structure to make these cars handle the way they should. Arguably the Michelin XAS is a little late, However it does benefit from being a 1965 tyre that was developed to compliment cars of this period and make them more suited to motorways. So it is an excellent option.
All things considered the CINTURATO ™ is a brilliant tyre and correct for a Giulietta, so it is what I would fit.
Incidentally it is also correct for my Lotus Elite. So here it is, fitted to a set of Borrani’s. Phwarr!!!!!
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