Jaguar E Type Tyres

Recommended Jaguar E-Type Tyres

Optional Jaguar E-Type Tyres

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Jaguar E Type Tyres

Jaguar E Type

Initially the Series 1 E-type fitted crossply tyres however Jaguar offered two radial alternatives at the factory: 185-15 Dunlop SP 41, which is no longer made, or the 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 which is now being manufactured again.

We have calculated an all in special deal for E-Type Jaguar owners requiring a Set of 5 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 tyre. This deal includes reduced price on the tyres, free carriage to most of the world and subsidised shipping charges to the rest of the world. 
We would suggest that the other best tyre for s series 1, series 1.5 or series 2 E-type would be Michelin's 185VR15 XVS because it is a tyre designed to make cars of this period more suited to the dual carriageways and motorways that were starting to emerge in the '60's.
PIRELLI also manufacture a 205/70WR15 CN12 CINTURATO ™ for series 3 E type's for people who like a wider tyre to fill the wheel arches in the earlier cars (you must however adjust your rear bump stops on the earlier XKE if you want to fit these wider tyres). The other top option for a V12 E-type would be the 205/70VR15 Michelin XWX because of it's robust carcass offering excellent direction stability at high speeds and progressive handling needed for these powerful cars.


V12 E-Type Jaguar Tyres.

It is important to note that when Jaguar fitted the V12 engine to their 3rd series XKE they also added power steering. This was to overcome the differences in handling that fitting 205/70VR15 tyres caused. In 1968 they also fitted these wider tyres to the XJ6, but Jaguar didn't fit them to series 2 - X K E that was in production at the time, as the 6 cylinder XK E handles better on a 185VR15.

E-type tyre fitment in more details

The first E-Type Jaguar was fitted with a 640H15 Dunlop RS5 cross ply tyre. Soon the series one e-type offered the 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ as a radial ply alternative. This PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ would be the sporting choice of tyre today for series 1 an 2 e-type Jaguars as it is one of the best tyres in the size and it was original equipment. In period the CINTURATO ™ was a very expensive tyre, so Dunlop developed their SP41 that was also offered as a radial alternative; unfortunity now no longer manufactured.

In 1968 Jaguar moved on to the series 2 E type; at which point Jaguar moved on to fitting radial tyres as standard, predominantly fitting the 185VR15 Dunlop SP Sport or Aquajet as it was also called. Dunlop had a long standing relationship with Jaguar and of course with them being local to each other the price of the Dunlop made it very attractive compared to the Pirelli and Michelin that were available at the time. All things considered Longstone Classic Tyres feel the best tyres to fit to pre 1971 non power steering E types (series 1, series 1½, and the series 2) are the 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ or the 185VR15 Michelin XVS which is an asymmetric tyre developed in the 60's to make cars of this period more suited to motorways.

1971 saw the introduction of the series three Jaguar XKE 5.3 litre V12 fitted as standard, with Dunlop ER70x15 (205/70HR15) radial tyres on 6"x15" steel wheels (wire wheels were optional). The series three Jaguar E-Type also had the benefit of power steering as standard equipment. This overcame the problem of otherwise heavy steering gained by the fitment of wider tyres. The tyre size ER/70VR15 is now called 205/70VR15. There are a reasonably wide range of tyres in the size 205/70VR15, of which we would suggest that the 205/70VR15 Michelin XWX and PIRELLI 205/70VR15 CN12 CINTURATO ™ HS are the best tyres available. They are genuine period tyres that were fitted by Ferrari, Maserati and other European exotic cars. The XWX was also the tyre that the British Police chose to fit to their XJ6 cars, however for the general public they were considered often too expensive. The price of the XWX and CINTURATO ™ are now more comparable with other tyres in that size, and worth every penny.

Jaguar E Type Tyres


205/70VR15 Michelin XWX, great tyres for E-Type Jaguars

If you have a series 1 or 2 XKE the period Michelin XWX or PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ would be a great tyre if you want to fill your wheel arches more, without dramatically making the steering of your XKE heavier. A more modern 205/70VR15 tire will have a greater foot print in relation to the width of the tire which paired up with the non power steering of an earlier XKE can tend to make it more vague and heavy. Michelin XWX and PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ tires are also excellent to fit to the series 3 V12 Jaguar XKE.

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