Jaguar E-Type


What are the best tyres for an E-type Jaguar?


Jagaur E Type Tyres

Jaguar E-Type Tyres


  • Original equipment tyres for a series 1 e-type was Crossply 640 H 15 Dunlop RS5. Currently the only period suitable tyre is the 185 VR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67. We would also suggest this is the best tyre for an early XKE.
  • Series 2 E-type Jaguars came fitted with 185 x 15 Dunlop SP Sport Aquajet. We suggest that the best tyres for a MK2 XKE is also 185 VR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67 or the 185 R15 Michelin XVS.
  • Many people want to fit a wider tyre to fill the wheel arches of an e-type, for which we suggest 205/70 R 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12 or 205/70 VR 15 Michelin XWX these 6 cylinder pre powersteering cars. We feel we must say however that earlier cars genuinely handle noticeably better on 185 tyres.
  • Series 3 V12 E type, Jaguar added power steering and fitted Dunlop ER/70VR15 Aquajet. We suggest that the best tyres for these later chassis with power steering are 205/70 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO P5.
  • The Pirelli P5 is a tyre that Jaguar asked Pirelli to make to improve their luxury cars with power steering.
  • All e-type Jaguars need inner tubes. We recommend the Michelin 15F Offset Valve as the best inner tube for 185-15 or 205/70-15 tyres.
  • For information about the ideal tyre pressure for your XKE follow this link.
  • There is more explanatory information about our recommendations for Jaguar XKE tires below.
  • Here is some data from the original testing of the Pirelli P5 by Jaguar back in the 1970s.

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    Jaguar E-Type Recommended Tyres


  1. 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO
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    185 VR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67

    Starting at $411.60 $343.00

  2. 185VR15 Dunlop SP Sport Aquajet
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    185 x 15 Dunlop SP Sport Aquajet

    Starting at $384.72 $320.60

  3. 185VR15 Michelin XVS
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    185 R 15 Michelin XVS

    Starting at $433.44 $361.20

  4. 185HR15 Michelin XVS-P
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    185 HR 15 Michelin XVS-P

    Starting at $322.56 $268.80

  5. 205/70WR15 PIRELLI P5
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    205/70 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO P5

    Starting at $334.32 $278.60

  6. 205/70WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12
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    205/70 R 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12

    Starting at $384.72 $320.60

  7. 205/70VR15 Michelin XWX
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    205/70 VR 15 Michelin XWX

    Starting at $485.52 $404.60

  8. Michelin 15F Offset Valve Inner Tube
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    Michelin 15F Offset Valve Inner Tube

    Starting at $30.24 $25.20

  9. Other Options for Jaguar E-Type Tyres


  10. 205/70 ZR 15 Pirelli P4000
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    205/70 ZR 15 Pirelli P4000
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  11. 180HR15 Michelin XAS
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    180 HR 15 Michelin XAS

    Starting at $354.48 $295.40

  12. 180HR15 Michelin XAS Whitewall
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    180HR15 Michelin XAS Whitewall

    Starting at $490.56 $408.80

  13. 185 R 15 Michelin XVS White Wall Tyres
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    185 R 15 Michelin XVS White Wall Tyres

    Starting at $396.48 $330.40

  14. 185VR15 Avon Turbosteel
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    185R15 Avon Turbosteel

    Starting at $374.64 $312.20

  15. 640H15 Avon Super Safety
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    640 H 15 Avon Super Safety

    Starting at $288.96 $240.80

  16. 205/70VR15 Avon CR6ZZ
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    205/70 - 15 Avon CR6ZZ

    Starting at $535.92 $446.60

  17. 205/70VR15 Avon CR28
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    205/70-15 Avon CR28

    Starting at $379.68 $316.40

  18. 640H15 Dunlop RS5
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    640 H 15 Dunlop RS5
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  19. 205/70VR15 Vredestein Classic
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    205/70 / 15 Vredestein Classic

    Starting at $401.52 $334.60

  20. 185HR15 Vredestein Classic
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    185 - 15 Vredestein Classic

    Starting at $238.56 $198.80

  21. ER/70R15 Dunlop SP Sport Aquajet
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    ER/70 VR 15 Dunlop SP Sport Aquajet

    Starting at $446.88 $372.40

  22. 165HR15 Galaxy Whitewall
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    185 HR 15 Galaxy Whitewall

    Starting at $194.04 $161.70

  23. Set of 4 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67
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    Set of 4 185 R15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67

    Starting at $1,543.92 $1,286.60

  24. Set of 5 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67
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    Set of 5 185R15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67

    Starting at $1,930.32 $1,608.60

  25. Jeu de 4 205/70WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12
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    Set of 4 205/70 R15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12

    Starting at $1,443.12 $1,202.60

  26. Jeu de 5 205/70WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12
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    Set of 5 205/70R15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12

    Starting at $1,795.92 $1,496.60

  27. 205/70 WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO P5
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    Set of 4 205/70 WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO P5

    Starting at $1,258.32 $1,048.60

  28. 205/70WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO P5
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    Set of 5 205/70WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO P5

    Starting at $1,560.72 $1,300.60

  29. 225/70VR15 Michelin XWX
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    Set of 4 205/70 VR15 Michelin XWX

    Starting at $1,780.80 $1,484.00

  30. 225/70VR15 Michelin XWX
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    Set of 5 205/70VR15 Michelin XWX

    Starting at $2,184.00 $1,820.00

  31. 185 HR15 Michelin XVS Whitewall
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    Set of 4 185 HR15 Michelin XVS Whitewall

    Starting at $1,506.79 $1,255.66

  32. 185R15 Michelin XVS Whitewall
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    Set of 5 185R15 Michelin XVS Whitewall

    Starting at $1,842.79 $1,535.66

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

    Starting at $1,344.00 $1,120.00

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

    Starting at $1,663.20 $1,386.00

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E Type Jaguar Tyre Pressure

Jaguar series 1 e-type recommendation for tire pressure

TyreFront (PSI)Rear (PSI)
6.40H15 Dunlop RS53035
185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™3638
185VR15 Michelin XVS3232

Jaguar series 2 e-type recommendation for tire pressure

TyreFront (PSI)Rear (PSI)
185VR15 Dunlop Aquajet4040
185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™3638
185VR15 Michelin XVS3232

Jaguar 2+2 e-type recommendation tire pressure

TyreFront (PSI)Rear (PSI)
6.40H15 Dunlop RS53035
185VR15 Dunlop Aquajet4040
185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™3638
185VR15 Michelin XVS3232

Jaguar V12 series 3 e-type recommendation tire pressure

TyreFront (PSI)Rear (PSI)
ER/70VR15 Dunlop Aquajet3030
205/70WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™2830
205/70VR15 Michelin XWX3032
205/70WR15 PIRELLI P53032


Jaguar XKE Tires

Initially the Series 1 e-type fitted crossply tires. However, Jaguar offered 2 radial alternatives at the factory: 185-15 Dunlop SP 41 which is no longer made, or the 185 VR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ which is now being manufactured again.

We have calculated an all in special deal on sets of tyres for XKE Jaguar owners with the 185 VR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 tyre. We consider this to be the best tire for an XKE. This deal includes a reduced price on the tires and free carriage to most of the world, and subsidised shipping charges to the rest of the world.

We would suggest that the other best tire 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 '60s.

PIRELLI also manufacture a 205/70 VR 15 P5, for series 3 e type's as this is the tire that Jaguar asked Pirelli to make for its power steering cars.

Many people like a wider tire to fill the wheel arches in the earlier 6 cylinder non-power steering cars (you must however adjust your rear bump stops on the earlier XKE if you want to fit these wider tires). If you are fitting a 205/70VR15 tire to a non-power steering car we suggest the 205/70VR15 Pirelli CN12 or 205/70VR15 Michelin XWX are more suited to these earlier cars, but a 185VR15 is a nicer handling tire for the earlier XKE.

The other top option for a V12 E-type would be the 205/70VR15 Michelin XWX Because it's robust carcass offers excellent directional stability at high speeds and progressive handling need on 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 the 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, because a 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 crossply tyre. You could request the 185 VR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ as a radial-ply alternative, at the point of purchase. This PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ would be the sporting choice of tyre today for series 1 and 2 e-type Jaguars as it was the best radial tyre for a sports car in the 1970s. In the period the CINTURATO ™ was a very expensive tyre so when Dunlop developed their SP41 that was also offered as a radial alternative; 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 1_, and the series 2) are the 185 VR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ or the 185 VR 15 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 in 5.3 litre V12 form-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 fitting the 205/70WR15 Pirelli P5 as this is a tyre that Jaguar themselves asked Pirelli to manufacture for it’s power steering XJ6 & XJS.

Worth noting that we strongly encourage 6 cylinder e-type owners to fit a 185VR15 tyre, we are aware that many people want a fatter tyre to fill the wheel arches. A 205/70VR15 tyre will never handle as well on these cars, but if it is this wider look you are looking for then the 205/70WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12 or 205/70VR15 XWX Michelin are tyres that are designed to be used in this environment with a chassis from this period and will handle better on a non-power steering car than other more modern tyres in this size.

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E Type Jaguar History

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9600HP Thanks to Philip Porter

In 1961, 12 years and 4 months after the launch of the XK120, Jaguar wowed the world again at the Geneva motor show with the Jaguar E type (XKE) coupe. This phenomenal car offered people 265bhp, 150mph performance with acceleration to match and 18mpg average fuel consumption, all from a fully equipped touring/sports car that cost ?2000. In its day this was a feat that no other manufacturer had achieved and is quite remarkable even now! From its inception in '61 in 3.8 litre series one E Type form, through 4.2 litre series two Jaguar E-Type in 1968 to its death in '75 as the 5.3 V12 series three XKE the Jaguar E-type was a benchmark car, and some might say, the most beautiful car of all time.



Jaguar E-Type Videos

First we have the movie of The Tortoise and Hare - ⒸPIRELLI, then the next 3 films deal with the 3 different models of e-type Jaguar and hopefully demonstrate our reasoning behind our recommendations as to which are the best tyre for these 60's icons. After the films, are listings of all the best tyre options offered by Longstone tyres for your XKE.


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Borrani Wire Wheels

Borrani wheels are available for your Jaguar E-Type. As agents for the iconic Ruote Borrani Milano company we are able to supply all wheels from their extensive range.

If your Borrani wheels require rebuilding then please contact us at sales@borrani.co.uk

Wire wheels made by Ruote Borrani Milano are, without doubt, the best wire wheels available. Borrani wheels utilise aluminium rims, steel spokes and steel wheel centres.

Click the link for Jaguar E-Type Borrani wheels.

Wheels made by Borrani are available in the following styles:

  • Painted silver finish, as per the racing wheels of the period
  • Polished and chrome finish, highly polished rim, chrome spokes & wheel centre
  • Painted finish with polished outer edge

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