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In about 1969 Alfa changed the Spider onto 14" wheels and fitted either 165HR14 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 or 165HR14 MICHELIN XAS. Both these tyres are excellent and still produced today by two of the worlds best tyre manufacturers, what could be better. There has always been discussion about what is best, and that boils down to personal taste because they are both excellent, however we would suggest that the characteristics of the Michelin XAS is that it gives fantastic directional stability, so the best tyre for motorways and the PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ is known for it's progressive sporty handling, so great on the track or on some windy lanes.
Although Alfa may have offered a wider tyre as an option for the Spider, we don't believe 185/70R14 tyres were standard until at least 1984 and then it was with a wider 6" rim. There are a selection of modern tyres in this size available, but currently the only period tyre is the 185/70VR14 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36.
For the Alfa Romeo Spider as a special offer we have sets of 4 or 5 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ tyres. There wouldn't be a better tyre to suit an Alfa Romeo Spider. The PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ is a period tyre that was around between 1952 and the early 1980 and was produced very much with the view to improving the handling of cars like the Spider Alfa Romeo.
History of the Alfa Romeo Spider
The Spider 1600 used the same mechanics as the Giulia, it was launched at the 36th Geneva Motor Show in 1966. The highly original cuttle-fish tail and convex sides gave a striking image, the tail was toned down on later Spiders (from approximately 1970 onwards).
Alfa Romeo ran a competition to name the car; 'Duetto' won, however enthusiasts preferred the '1600 Spider.' The engine was later swapped for the 1750 GT Veloce, mounted on the Pininfarina Spider. This further increased the already astonishing performance figures.
The Alfa Romeo Spider was extremely successful, with great staying power. It stayed in production for 26yrs, a figure only a handful of cars have matched.
Alfa Romeo Spider Borrani Wheels
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