Austin Healey 3000

We recommend the Michelin XAS as the best tyres for your Austin Healey 3000. It is the most suitable tyre for your car as it has the right height and handle extremely well.

For more information please visit our Austin Healey page.

Review from one of our customers:

Dear Sirs

I had struggled to find suitable tyres for my AH3000 locally (aesthetically as well as functionally). I saw your Youtube clip about this issue and ordered the recommended tyres.

They were dispatched, delivered and are now fitted.

I am absolutely delighted - not only do they look 'right' for the car, they have transformed the steering and ride.

Very many thanks.

Simon Leese

Recommended Austin Healey 3000 Tyres

Optional Austin Healey 3000 Tyres

The Austin Healey 3000 were all fitted with 590H15 Dunlop RS5. If you intend to still fit Crossply this is still by far the best tyre.

At Longstone Tyres, we believe the tyre options for Austin Healey have long been a problem area. Original fitment for the early cars was a 590H15 Dunlop RS5, with the most common radial alternative being a 165x15.​If you want 165R15 tyres Longstone tyres would strongly recomend 165HR15 Michelin XAS. Another common radial tyre size for the Austin Healey is a 185/70x15, with this particular tyre size being more suited towards the road rallying and racing scene. If you want to fit this oversize tyre, the 185/70VR15 Avon CR6ZZ is the one to go for. We hope to have solved this problem for Healey owners!

One of the major problems that the Austin Healey throws up when it comes to fitting a suitable tyre is that the cars are naturally very low and there isn't a great deal of ground clearance under the chassis. To this end the major problem with tyre fitment to Austin Healeys arises with the fitment of modern wide, low profile rubber that is all to often too wide and low for the car, causing the car to have heavy numb steering and also bottom out. Through Longstone Tyres vast experience of dealing with classic cars, such as the wonderful Austin Healey, we have ascertained another radial option, the 180x15 Michelin XAS (designed by Michelin to fit the Citroën DS during Michelins ownership of Citroën). It is perfect for a Healey, the height of the 180HR15 XAS gives good gearing, the speedo is close to correct and the exhaust pipe is away from those speed bumps. The 180x15 Michelin XAS helps to

combat these issues. This particular tyre gives a better ride height being nearly the same overall diameter as the original 590x15 Dunlop, also the narrow footprint of the tyre will give the car a lighter more responsive feel through the steering. The differences can be obviously seen in the pictures below!


Austin Healey Tyre Options

From left to right we have:

PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36 185/70VR15
Avon CR6ZZ 185/70VR15
Michelin XWX 185/70VR15
Dunlop RS5 590H15
Michelin XAS 180HR15
Vredestein Sprint+ 165SR15
Michelin XAS 165HR15

From the pictures above & below you can see that the 180x15 Michelin XAS is exactly the right size.

 

 


Austin Healey 3000 Tyres

As far as tyre choice goes the Austin Healey 3000 is no different to any other model and our recommendations are exactly the same!


History of the Austin Healey

In 1945 a successful engineer and race driver from Warwick named Donald Mitchell Healey designed and built a 2-seater sports car with a 2.6, 4-cylinder engine called the Healey 100. The car debuted at the 1952 Earls Court Motor show to a great deal of interest not only from the media, but from the general public, with great demand to produce the car. The car went into production later that year with financial backing from the Lord of Austin. The Austin Healey 100 was born.

The next generation car was produced in October 0f 1956, the Austin Healey 100/6. The new car had undergone more development than its older brother and was fitted with a 6 cylinder engine, hence the name 100/6. This all came about due to the Austin Healey 100 being so successful on the motor sport scene. As is still true today, back then success on the track reciprocated with success in the showroom.

More success and more development led to the third car to leave the Austin Healey stable. The Austin Healey 3000. Still widely regarded as one of the greatest British motorcars ever produced.

Austin Healey Wheels

If you require new Borrani wire wheels for your Austin Healey then please click here for information on Borrani wire wheels.

History of the Austin Healey Endurance Record car

The recreation of a special test car has been a dream come true for owner Martyn Corfield. He has wanted to own one of the original works special cars for years.

"I have always longed for one of these cars and to be able to restore it to full competition status. After many years searching I came across a letter from the Austin works to Donald Healey stating that the original streamliner 200mph car and its sister 24 Hour endurance car were scrapped in the late fifties after the Bonneville salt had made them unsafe to use. That scuppered my plans for a long time and although I did manage to acquire one of the original endurance car Dunlop callipers and one of the original 2.69 crown wheel and pinions together with an original undertray and black faced speedo (which was adopted to minimise glare in the desert sun) this proved to be as far as I could go in terms of original items".

"Then one day I heard a rumour of 'the last known factory lightweight chassis' which I purchased after verifying its likely originality with two known Healey specialists. This chassis is lightened in the ways that the works used and was being used in the seventies to underpin another project. This seemed the best place to start a recreation. I knew that if I was to attempt an endurance record I would have to re engineer the car to a safe and competent standard and as such any old parts just would not do the job even if they existed".

"It was my objective to set about reconstructing a car capable of not only replicating the 1954 achievements, but also a car that embraced the spirit and style of the original vehicle (no modern tricks). So I sought professional help from the best Healey competition experts that I could find and put the project in the hands of Jeremy Welch" Says Martyn Corfield.

Martyn made contact with us at Longstone Classic Tyres as he required a classic tyre that would be able to cope with constant high speeds and loads, luckily Martyn was going down the same route as Healey originally did and utilised 16" wheels instead of the Austin Healys 15" factory fit wheels.

This would give the car a higher theoretical top speed due to the tyres having a larger overall diameter. We decided that the best tyre to use would be the Michelin 600WR16 Pilote X. A "w" speed rated (168mph) radially constructed tyre with the looks and shape of a '50's cross ply racing Englebert tyre. Michelin, to their credit, were more than happy to test a tyre to destruction to find its true limits which were

far beyond that which the Endurance Healey was aiming for! The technical department at Clermont Ferrand were also able to simulate the loads that the car would generate at the Millbrook testing ground so were able to offer accurate tyre pressure recommendations.