Triumph Spitfire Tyres
Here is what Longstone Tyres recommends based on your Triumph Spitfire tyre needs:
- 145TR13 Vredestein for a Triumph Spitfire MK I & MK II
- 155HR13 Michelin XAS for a Triumph Spitfire 1500 with the XAS, Michelin made more progress by differentiating the many elements that form the tyre, leading to the creation of the Michelin XAS which was the first tyre with an asymmetrical tread pattern. The Michelin XAS was constructed taking into account the different kinds of work done by the shoulders, sidewalls and different parts of the crown, depending on whether they are on the inside or outside relative to the car. Just like a person's foot is asymmetrical, the inside and outside of a tyre work differently to give the car good balance and sure handling, ideal for the later Triumph Spitfire.
Independent Tyre Test - The Results
In the world of modern tyres it is common place 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 relationship 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.
History of the Triumph Spitfire
Built between 1962-1980, the Triumph Spitfire was a small two-seater sports car based on designs by Giovanni Michelotti and made to compete with the Austin-Healey Sprite. There were five different models of the Spitfire over its lifetime, the Triumph Spitfire 4/Mark I (1962-1964 45,753 Built), Spitfire 4/Mark II (1964-1967 37,409 Built), Spitfire Mark III (1967-1970 65,320 Built), Spitfire Mark IV (1970-1974 70,021 Built) and Spitfire 1500 (1974-1980 95,829 Built).