Best Tyres for a Morris Minor
- The Original tyre for a Morris Minor 1000 or Traveller was 5.20-14 Dunlop D75 which is no longer manufactured. There isn’t another crossply tyre that we would recommend
- The radial alternative to 520-14 is 145R14. Our standard recommendation for a Morris 1000 is 145 R 14 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67
- A larger & taller radial for a Morris Traveller or Minor is 155SR14 Michelin X for those who want longer gearing
- We also supply a special offer Morris Minor Wheels and tyres set.
- Our Morris Minor wheels and tyres come balanced & fitted with Michelin inner tubes.
- Recommended tyre pressure for a Morris Minor 1000, 24psi front and rear
- Recommended tyre pressure for a Morris Minor Traveller, 24psi front, 26psi rear (+4psi when fully loaded)
Morris Minor Tyres
For some time now there hasn’t been a perfect tyre for the lovely Morris Minor. We are now fortunate enough to have two excellent options, Pirelli’s 145 R 14 CINTURATO ™ CA67 which is light and nimble for the Moggy Minor owner who wants to keep his car handling like it would have done in the period and the 155 TR 14 Michelin X for the owner that wants slightly longer legs. Both are period tyres from two of the world’s best tyre manufacturers.
Morris Minor Recommended Tyres
Other Options for Morris Minor
Moggy Minor Tyres
The Moggy Minor 1000 and Traveller came fitted with crossply tyres 520X14 Dunlop D75 which sadly is no longer currently being produced and there is no alternative period tyre, though there are some budget tyres available in this size. The advantage of the Dunlop over budget crossply tyres is that it would give better directional stability. Even the best quality crossply tyres tend to wander compared to the radial tyres. Modern travel these days involves maintaining higher cruising speeds due to the dual carriageways and motorways we find ourselves on. As a result in the majority of cases, classic cars such as the Moggy Minor, people choose to fit a radial tyre to make their cars more suited to the environment they are driving in today. Of course the Moggy 1000 is such a usable car, they do put some miles in; so the extra longevity offered by a radial tyre is also appreciated.
When choosing a tyre for a Minor or a Traveller at last having something such as the 145 R 14 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 is really good news because, at last, there is a tyre that looks right. What could be better looking on these practical little cars than a PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ however it isn’t all about the look. We can, in this circumstance have something that looks right on a Moggy minor while being the right size, shape & have a carcass that is suited to the thin rims of a Morris Minor 1000 or Traveller. These cars did originally have relatively thin rims which this 145 R 14 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 is suited (of course these tyres will also work perfectly on the wide Morris Minor van wheels as well).
Morris Minor Wheels
The standard wheels fitted to the Morris Minor cars were a 3.0D-14” wheel (often described as a 3jX14” wheel) this is what was originally fitted and is correct for the car. This 3D rim section is fine for fitting the original 5.20-14 crossply tyre, or the 145HR14 Pirelli Cinturato. There is a temptation to fit the wider Morris Van wheels with their wider rim, however there is no benefit in making the components of the car work harder with the heavier steering it will create. This often happens because people want to fit a 155R14 tyre, However a little Morris minor will be better off fitted with its standard wheels and tyres or the radial alternative which is 145R14, not 155R14.
Morris Minor Wheels and Tyres
We are offering a special off on sets of original Morris Minor wheels with the Pirelli Cinturato CA67 genuine period 145HR14. They come fitted to the wheel with a Michelin inner tube, and the wheels and tyres have been fitted and balanced at Longstone tyres where we fit classic tyres to classic car wheels every day. We offer:
- 1 Original Morris Minor Wheel with Pirelli 145HR14 Cinturato tyres.
- A set of 4 original Morris Minor wheels and tyres (again Pirelli)
- Set of 5 original Morris Minor wheels and tyres from Pirelli.
History of the Morris Minor
Debuted at the Earls Court Motor Show, London, on 20 September 1948. Designed under the leadership of Alec Issigonis, more than 1.3 million were manufactured between 1948 and 1972 in three series: the MM (1948 to 1953), the Series II (1952 to 1956) and finally the 1000 series (1956 to 1971).
Initially available as a two-door saloon and tourer (convertible), the range was expanded to include a four-door saloon in 1950, a wood-framed estate (the Traveller) from October 1953 and panel van and pick-up truck variants from May 1953. It was the first British car to sell over one million units and is considered a classic example of automotive design, as well as typifying "Englishness".
Morris Minor Classic Car Tyres
What is the original tyre for a Morris Minor?
5.20-14 Dunlop D75. However there is not a crossply tyrey we would happily recommend today, and suggest fitting the 145R14 Pirelli Cinturato as the only correct period tyre,
What are the best tyres for a Morris Minor Traveller?
The 145R14 Pirelli Cinturato is the best tyre for a Morris Minor Traveller as it is the correct radial equivalent to a 5.20-14 crossply.
What are the best Morris Minor 1000 tyres?
Pirelli make the 145HR14 Cinturato which is the best tyre for any Mogey Minor, including the 1000.
What are the best tyres for a Morris Mino Van?
The Pirelli 145HR14 is the best tyre for a Morris Minor Van, because it is the right size. Some people like to use van wheels so they can fit a 155R14 because it is a cheap tyre. However that is the wrong size the 145 is more correct, and will handle and suit the Morris Minor van better.
What is the cheapest tyre for a Morris Minor?
Many people fit a 155R14 Nankang because it is cheapest. however it is a wrong size budget tyre. Many people fit the wider wheel rims so they can fit a 155R14 tyre because they are cheap. However it is misguided, and will not handle as well as a 145R14, of which the Pirelli is a genuine period tyre and taller than other 145R14 tyres.
Can I fit 155R14 tyres on a Morris Minor?
A 155R14 is too wide for Morris Minor wheels. If you fit Mogey Minor Van wheels they are wider, and can take a 155R14 tyre. We would only consider the Michelin 155R14 X. However the rest of the car is designed to fit a skinny 5.20-14 crossply. So the better tyre would be a 145R14 Pirelli regardless of what wheels you have. It suits the car better. It is tall and thin and developed to be suited to thin rims.