165 x 14 Pirelli Cinturato CA67 MGB Tyres
Correct period 165 x 14 Pirelli Cinturato CA67 fitted to this lovely 1970’s British racing green, chrome bumper MGB GT. Although the tyres are tubeless, quality Michelin 14D inner tubes and rim tapes were fitted at the request of the customer to guarantee no air would be lost when fitted to his wire wheels. Air can sometimes leak through the spoke heads even though most new wire wheels are classed as tubeless wheel.
Another satisfied customer.
The MGB did handle at its best on 165 size tyres. Low profile tyres such as a 185/70R14 were available to MG from 1968. However, the manufacturers of the best little sports cars such as Triumph, Austin Healey, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and of course MG did their testing with 185/70 tyres, but because their sportscar handled better with a 165 tyres, that is what they continued to fit. The bigger engine MGC fitted 165R15 Pirelli Cinturato CA67, and when MG fitted the V8 engine to the MGB V8 they increased the tyre size to a 175HR14. However I don’t think these larger tyred V8 cars were complimented for their improved handling.
The first MGB’s fitted a crossply 560-14 of which you have very little to choose from today, thankfully the radial equivalent would be 155TR14 Michelin X which is still available.
Later the original tyre for MG B’s was 165HR14 Pirelli Cinturato which is still in production today.
An alternative performance tyre is the 165HR14 Michelin XAS.