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Austin Maxi 1500/1750 Tyres

  • The Austin Maxi 1500/1750 runs beautifully on a set of 175/70 VR 13 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36 tyres.
  • Our period tyre pressure and innertube guides suggest that the Maxi 1500/1750 was released with tubeless wheels. Providing your tyres are also tubeless, innertubes are not mandatory.
  • If you want innertubes, these tyres would best fit an Michelin 13D.

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    Austin Maxi 1500-1750 Recommended Tyres

  1. 175/70VR13 Pirelli Cinturato CN36

    Starting at £130.80 £109.00

  2. 155HR13 Michelin XAS FF
    155 HR 13 Michelin XAS FF

    Starting at £240.00 £200.00

  3. Michelin 13D Offset Valve Inner Tube
    Michelin 13D Offset Valve Inner Tube

    Starting at £15.60 £13.00

  4. Other Options for Austin Maxi 1500-1750 Tyres

  5. 155 HR 13 Dunlop SP Sport Aquajet
    155 HR 13 Dunlop SP Sport Aquajet

    Starting at £174.00 £145.00

  6. 175/70R13 Dunlop SP Sport AquaJet
    175/70R13 Dunlop SP Sport AquaJet

    Starting at £175.20 £146.00

  7. 175/70HR13 Avon CR6ZZ
    175/70 HR 13 Avon CR6ZZ

    Starting at £277.20 £231.00

  8. Set of 4 175/70VR13 Pirelli Cinturato CN36
    Set of 4 175/70 R13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36

    Starting at £504.00 £420.00

  9. Set of 5 175/70VR13 Pirelli Cinturato CN36
    Set of 5 175/70 R 13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36

    Starting at £624.00 £520.00

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History of the Austin Maxi 1500-1750

British Leyland developed the Austin Maxi, a medium-sized 5-door hatchback, in the 1970s. It was the country's first five-speed five-door hatchback. The car was originally going to be called the Austin 1500, but after the merger of BMC and Leyland, the new chairman Lord Stokes decided to change the name to the Maxi in homage to the Mini from a decade before.

Underneath the Maxi's large bodyshell was a brand-new front-wheel-drive chassis linked to a sophisticated five-speed manual transmission. The latter had well-documented issues with its control linkage, particularly in early models, which used a cable-operated linkage, that was prone to cable strain and other issues. The "cogs in the sump" design, in which the gearbox and engine shared a single oil supply, caused problems in all models. Leakage from the clutch oil seal was also an issue.

The engine was initially a 1485 cc, then 1748 cc (from 1971) BMC E-Series petrol engine, which was later used in other British Leyland models such as the Austin Allegro. By historical standards, the 1750 and twin-carburettor 1750 HL variants performed admirably.

Despite the new platform, the Maxi's appearance suffered as a result of the decision to reduce tooling costs by reusing door panels from the BMC ADO17 "Landcrab," which had a negative effect on the design. A four-door saloon prototype, badged as a Morris, was another design aspiration for the automobile, but it was sadly never produced. The Maxi had a spacious cabin that was comfortable for passengers, competitive pricing, and low operating costs, but it was held back by a bland interior and poor construction quality, but it was not as notorious for flaws as the Austin Allegro and Morris Marina were in the 1970s.

Independent Tyre Test - The Results

In the world of modern tyres it is commonplace to come across a tyre test. However, in the world of classic tyres, the investment never seems to be there to do a proper modern tyre test. However, a German magazine in July 2016 conducted this modern tyre test using classic tyres. This classic tyre test has been translated from German to English. What is remarkable in this tyre test is quite how well the PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36 classic tyre performed in the table at the end. The scores in this table are not scored in relation to the other tyres in the test, so when a score of 1 is recorded, then that is a perfect score for a classic tyre or a modern tyre. It is wonderful to see that these classic PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36 tyres can give such exemplary results.

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