Austin Healey 100


Austin Healey 100 Tyres


  • Austin Healey 100 - 4 & Austin Healey 100 – 6 came fitted with 5.90-15 Crossply tyres.
  • The standard radial alternative to 5.90-15 is 165R15.
  • The Low profile radial alternative is 185/70R15.
  • The best radial tyre for an Austin Healey is 180HR15 Michelin XAS.
  • The 180HR15 XAS is slightly taller and closer to the correct diameter, it gives better clearance and gearing.
  • Follow this link for more detail about specific fitment.

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    Austin Healey 100 Recommended Tyres


  1. 180HR15 Michelin XAS
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    180 HR 15 Michelin XAS

    Starting at $354.48 $295.40

  2. Set of 4 180HR15 Michelin XAS
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    Set of 4 180 R15 Michelin XAS

    Starting at $1,276.80 $1,064.00

  3. Jeu de 5 180HR15 Michelin XAS OFFRE
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    Set of 5 180 R 15 Michelin XAS

    Starting at $1,612.80 $1,344.00

  4. 165HR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO
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    165 HR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67

    Starting at $283.92 $236.60

  5. Jeu de 4 165HR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67
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    Set of 4 165 R15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67

    Starting at $982.80 $819.00

  6. Set of 5 165HR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67
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    Set of 5 165 R 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67

    Starting at $1,207.92 $1,006.60

  7. 165HR15 Michelin XAS
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    165 HR 15 Michelin XAS

    Starting at $300.72 $250.60

  8. 165HR15 Michelin XAS
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    165 VR 15 Michelin XAS

    Starting at $317.52 $264.60

  9. 185/70WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO
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    185/70 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36

    Starting at $391.44 $326.20

  10. Jeu de 4 185/70WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36
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    Set of 4 185/70 R15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36

    Starting at $1,386.00 $1,155.00

  11. Jeu de 5 185/70WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36
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    Set of 5 185/70 R 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36

    Starting at $1,678.32 $1,398.60

  12. 185/70VR15 Avon CR6ZZ
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    185/70R15 Avon CR6ZZ

    Starting at $389.76 $324.80

  13. Other Options for Austin Healey 100


  14. 165SR15 Michelin XZX
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    165 SR 15 Michelin XZX

    Starting at $178.08 $148.40

  15. 165 SR 15 Michelin XZX Whitewall
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    165 SR 15 Michelin XZX Whitewall
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  16. Jeu de 4 165SR15 Michelin XZX
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    Set of 4 165 R15 Michelin XZX

    Starting at $636.72 $530.60

  17. Jeu de 5 165SR15 Michelin XZX
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    Set of 5 165 R 15 Michelin XZX

    Starting at $789.60 $658.00

  18. 165VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO
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    165 VR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36

    Starting at $300.72 $250.60

  19. Jeu de 4 165VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67
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    Set of 4 165 R15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36

    Starting at $1,159.20 $966.00

  20. Jeu de 5 165VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36
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    Set of 5 165 R 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36

    Starting at $1,428.00 $1,190.00

  21. 185/70VR15 Michelin XWX
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    185/70 VR 15 Michelin XWX

    Starting at $448.56 $373.80

  22. 185/70HR15 Vredestein Classic
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    185/70 VR 15 Vredestein Classic

    Starting at $300.72 $250.60

  23. 590H15 Dunlop RS5
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    590 H 15 Dunlop RS5
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  24. 590H15 Avon Turbospeed
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    590 H 15 Avon Turbospeed

    Starting at $250.32 $208.60

  25. 165TR15 Firestone F560
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    165 SR 15 Firestone F560

    Starting at $178.08 $148.40

  26. Austin Healey 100 Inner Tubes


  27. Michelin 15E Offset Valve Inner Tube
    Michelin 15E Offset Valve Inner Tube

    Starting at $28.56 $23.80

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Austin Healey 100/4 Tyres



Austin Healey 100/6 Tyres


  • Again the Austin Healey 100/6 fitted 5.90 - 15 Crossply.
  • We recommend that 180 HR 15 Michelin XAS are the best road tyres for a 100/6 Austin Healey.
  • The 180HR15 XAS rides beautifully and keeps the gearing and speedo of your 100/6 correct, while also filling t he wheel arches.
  • There are alternative 165 - 15 and 185/70 - 15 tyres. However the 185/70R15 does not look right and makes your steering heavy it is good on the track.
  • Michelin 15E Offset Valve Tube the ideal inner tube for your 100/6 Healey. Wire wheels should fit inner tubes.

Michelin XAS Austin Healey Tyres deal

We are convinced that fitting the Michelin 180HR15 XAS asymmetric tyres will make your Austin Healey 100/4 or 100/6 handle and look better than any other road tyres. The Austin Healey 100/4, 100/6 and 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 however sadly Dunlop no longer make historic road tyres, so originality is no longer an option. The period tyre that would have been the mostlikely fitment that is still around today would have been the 165HR15 Pirelli Cinturato CA67. This would still be an excellent option and handle as well as anything on a 100/4 or 100/6.

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 recommend 165HR15 Michelin XAS or the 165HR15 Pirelli Cinturato CA67. 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. Another option would be 185/70WR15 Pirelli Cinturato CN36 as a tyre more suited to road use. However sticking to a more correct size will handle better than any low profile tyre.

One of the major problems that the Austin Healey throws up when it comes to fitting a suitable tyre is that the 100/4 & 100/6 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 such as 185/70R15 or 195/65R15 that is too wide and low for the car, causing the car to have heavy numb steering and also bottom out. Through Longstone Tyres experience of dealing with classic cars, such as the wonderful Austin Healey, we have ascertained another radial option, the 180HR15 Michelin XAS (designed by Michelin to fit the Citroen DS during Michelins ownership of Citroen). It is perfect for a Healey 100/4 or 100/6, 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 180HR15 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:

PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36 185/70VR15

Avon CR6ZZ 185/70VR15

Michelin XWX 185/70VR15

Dunlop RS5 590H15 (nolonger produced)

Michelin XAS 180HR15

Vredestein Sprint+ 165SR15

Michelin XAS 165HR15

 

Austin Healey 100/4

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.

Austin Healey 100/6

The next generation car was produced in October 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.

Austin Healey 3000

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

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 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 is still widely regarded as one of the greatest British motorcars ever produced.



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 use to 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.

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 1950'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.

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 1950'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.


Austin Healey Borrani Wheels

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