Michelin Classic Tyres


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  • Vintage Michelin DR tyres came out in 1924
  • The vintage crossply SCSS was introduced in 1935
  • The first radial Michelin X was patented in 1946
  • The classic Michelin X was readily available by 1949
  • The first asymmetric radial tyre, the classic XAS came out in 1965
  • In 1966 Michelin introduced the XWX with extremely high speed ratings
  • Michelin's successor to the Michelin X; the ZX came out in 1968
  • In 1968 Michelin were producing low profile performance XWX tyres
  • In 1973 Michelin introduced the TRX, incredibly low profile high performance tyre
  • In 1976 the XAS was succeeded by the XVS
  • The XZX succeeded the ZX in 1976

Michelin Classic Tyres list

Crossply Tyres

17" Rim Size

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TT/TLDiameter
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Section Width
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650/700x17 Michelin D.R. 3.25 - 5.0 TT 789 194

18" Rim Size

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TT/TLDiameter
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Section Width
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475/525x18 Michelin D.R. 2.5 - 3.5 TT 750 146
550x18 Michelin D.R. 3.0 - 4.5 TT 765 158
600/650x18 Michelin D.R. 3.0 - 5.0 TT 790 175

19" Rim Size

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TT/TLDiameter
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Section Width
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400/450x19 Michelin D.R 2.5 - 3.5 TT 738 128
475/500x19 Michelin D.R 2.5 - 3.5 TT 768 143
525/600x19 Michelin D.R. 3.0 - 5.0 TT 805 168

20" Rim Size

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Section Width
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650/700x20 Michelin D.R. 3.6 - 5.0 TT 862 197

21" Rim Size

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Section Width
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550/600x21 Michelin D.R. 2.75 - 4.0 TT 855 174
700x21 Michelin D.R. 3.6 - 5.0 TT 904 198

Radial Tyres

12" Rim Size

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TT/TLDiameter
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Section Width
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125SR12 Michelin X 3.0 - 4.0 TL 518 132
145/70SR12 Michelin XZX 4.0 - 5.0 TL 520 156

13" Rim Size

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TT/TLDiameter
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Section Width
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155HR13 Michelin XAS FF 4.0 - 5.5 TT 582 157
165HR13 Michelin XAS FF 4.0 - 5.5 TT 600 175
640/700SR13 Michelin ZX 4.0 - 5.5 TL 642 177
185/70VR13 Michelin XDX 5.0 - 6.5 TL 590 189
725SR13 Michelin X 5.0 - 6.0 TT 654 180
205/70VR13 Michelin XDX 5.5 - 7.5 TL 618 209

14" Rim Size

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TT/TLDiameter
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Section Width
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155TR14 Michelin X 4.0 - 5.0 TL 604 157
165HR14 Michelin XAS 4.0 - 5.5 TT 626 167
175HR14 Michelin XAS 4.5 - 6.0 TL 634 178
185HR14 Michelin MXV-P 4.5 - 6.5 TL 650 188
195/60VR14 Michelin MXV3-A 5.5 - 7.0 TL 590 189
195/65VR14 Michelin MXV3-A 5.5 - 7.0 TL 610 201
205/70VR14 Michelin XWX 5.5 - 7.5 TL 644 209
205VR14 Michelin XWX 5.0 - 7.5 TL 686 208
215/70VR14 Michelin XWX 6.0 - 7.5 TL 658 221

15" Rim Size

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TT/TLDiameter
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Section Width
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125SR15 Michelin X 3.0 - 4.0 TL 588 127
135R15 Michelin X M+S 3.5 - 4.5 TL 600 137
135SR15 Michelin ZX 3.5 - 4.5 TL 600 137
145SR15 Michelin XZX 3.5 - 5.0 TL 616 147
155TR15 Michelin X 4.0 - 5.0 TL 630 157
155HR15 Michelin XAS FF 4.0 - 5.0 TT 630 157
165SR15 Michelin XZX 4.0 - 5.5 TL 645 167
165HR15 Michelin XAS 4.0 - 5.5 TT 646 167
180HR15 Michelin XAS 4.5 - 5.5 TT 680 175
185/70VR15 Michelin XWX 5.0 - 6.5 TL 641 189
185VR15 Michelin XVS 4.5 - 6.0 TL 675 186
185HR15 Michelin XVS-P 4.5 - 6.0 TL 674 188
205/70VR15 Michelin XWX 5.5 - 7.5 TL 669 209
215/70VR15 Michelin XWX 6.0 - 7.5 TL 683 221
225/70VR15 Michelin XWX 6.0 - 8.0 TL 697 228
235/70HR15 Michelin XVS 6.5 - 8.5 TL 711 234
255/45VR15 Michelin MXW 8.5 - 10.0 TL 611 255

16" Rim Size

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TT/TLDiameter
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Section Width
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550HR16 Michelin X 4.5 - 6.0 TT 690 170
600WR16 Michelin Pilot X 4.0 - 5.5 TT 708 190
185SR16 Michelin X 4.5 - 6.0 TT 707 180
205/55ZR16 Michelin SX MXX3 5.5 - 7.5 TL 642 223
245/45ZR16 Michelin SX MXX3 7.5 - 9.0 TL 634 253
225/50ZR16 Michelin Pilot Sport 6.0 - 8.0 TL 642 242
255/50ZR16 Michelin Pilot Sport 7.0 - 9.0 TL 672 276

17" Rim Size

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Section Width
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275/40ZR17 Michelin Pilot Sport 2 9.0 - 11.0 TL 652 277
335/35ZR17 Michelin Pilot Sport 2 11.0 - 13.0 TL 666 343

Bibendum Tyres

40cm Rim Size

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Section Width
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130/140x40 Michelin SCSS 110/140 TT 706 157
150/160x40 Michelin SCSS 150/160 TT 730 172

45cm Rim Size

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Section Width
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12x45 Michelin DR 11-12 x 45 TT 728 143
13x45 Michelin DR 13-14 x 45 TT 738 151
14x45 Michelin DR 13-14 x 45 TT 738 155
15/16x45 Michelin DR 15-16 x 45 TT 794 184

Millimetric Radial

400mm Rim Size

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TT/TLDiameter
(mm)
Section Width
(mm)
125SR400 Michelin X 125 - 135 TT 619 130
135SR400 Michelin X 125 - 145 TT 631 138
145SR400 Michelin X 145 - 155 TT 649 142
155SR400 Michelin X 145 - 165 TT 660 150
165SR400 Michelin X 155 - 185 TT 677 162
185SR400 Michelin X 165 - 185 TT 707 185

TRX and TDX

340mm Rim Size

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TT/TLDiameter
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Section Width
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190/55VR340 Michelin TRX 120TR - 135TR - 165TR TL 550 191

365mm Rim Size

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TT/TLDiameter
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Section Width
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220/55VR365 Michelin TRX 135TR - 150TR - 180TR TL 607 218

390mm Rim Size

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TT/TLDiameter
(mm)
Section Width
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190/65HR390 Michelin TRX 120TR - 135TR - 165TR TL 638 191
200/60VR390 Michelin TRX 120TR - 135TR - 165TR TL 640 206
210/55VR390 Michelin TRX 135TR - 150TR - 180TR TL 631 219
220/55VR390 Michelin TRX 135TR - 150TR - 180TR TL 642 227
240/55VR390 Michelin TRX 150TR - 165TR - 195TR TL 654 239

415mm Rim Size

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TT/TLDiameter
(mm)
Section Width
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240/45ZR415 Michelin TRX GT 195TR - 210TR - 225TR TL 640 253
240/55VR415 Michelin TRX 150TR - 165TR - 195TR TL 679 239

Michelin TB Radials

13" Rim Size

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Section Width
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16/53-13 Michelin TB15 5 - 6 175/60VR13 536 189
20/53-13 Michelin TB15 7 - 8.5 225/45VR13 533 231
16/53-13 Michelin TB5F 5 - 6.5 185/55VR13 531 195
20/53-13 Michelin TB5F 8 - 9.5 245/40VR13 531 252

15" Rim Size

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Section Width
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15/60-15 Michelin TB15 5 - 6 170/65VR15 601 185
18/60-15 Michelin TB15 6 - 7.5 215/55VR15 612 224
23/62-15 Michelin TB15 8.0 - 10.5 270/45VR15 625 268
26/61-15 Michelin TB15 10 - 11.5 295/40VR15 615 288
29/61-15 Michelin TB15 11 - 13 335/35VR15 621 330
18/60-15 Michelin TB5F 6 - 8 225/50VR15 605 230
23/62-15 Michelin TB5F 8.5 - 10.5 270/45WR15 620 278
26/61-15 Michelin TB5F 9.5 - 11 285/40WR15 610 291
18/60-15 Michelin TB5R 6 - 8 225/50WR15 605 230
23/59-15 Michelin TB5R 8.5 - 10.5 265/40WR15 592 269
23/62-15 Michelin TB5R 8.5 - 10.5 270/45WR15 620 278
26/61-15 Michelin TB5R 9.5 - 11 285/40WR15 610 291
29/61-15 Michelin TB5R 11 - 13 335/35WR15 616 341
18/60-15 Michelin PB20 5.5 - 7.5 205/55HR15 609 220
23/62-15 Michelin PB20 8.5 - 10.5 275/45HR15 628 266

Authenticity and Technological know-how

Michelin today offers a range of collection tyres for classic cars which will fit a number of vehicles made between the Thirties and the end of the Seventies.

Michelin Expertise...

Michelin's choice of continuous innovation and technological leadership can be found in their Collection range. These tyres benefit from the progress made in grip on rubber mixings. However, the dynamic characteristics of these Michelin collection tyres remain entirely appropriate in association with those of the vehicles of time. Made in small production runs, often by hand, these tyres call on the technical skill and the know-how of the finest craftsmen. The Michelin collection range consists of the following tyres:

  • Michelin Double Rivet (DR)
  • Michelin Super Comfort (SCSS)
  • Michelin X
  • Michelin XZ
  • Michelin XZX
  • Michelin Pilote X
  • Michelin XAS
  • Michelin XWX
  • Michelin TRX
  • Michelin TB15
  • Michelin TB5
  • Michelin Pilot Sport
  • Michelin SX MXX3 N2

...in keeping with the standards of the age

The technological excellence of this range goes hand in hand with the historical authenticity of the vehicles. These tyres, reproducing the exact configuration of the model of the time in terms of size, tread pattern and aspect ratio thus ensure that the vehicle remains entirely in keeping with the period.

In this way, Michelin, by offering you a tyre which is both safe and historically accurate, intend to make their contribution to safeguarding, promoting and perpetuating motoring heritage.

Michelin Classic Tires

Vintage Michelin Tyres

For over 100 years cars and tyres have become an inseparable couple. Their long history started in 1891, when the Michelin brothers invented the first Michelin detachable tyre. This was a tyre for a bicycle. Four years later the design was adapted for the motor car, and the 'Éclair', a car designed by Michelin, covered 1,200km on Michelin tyres in the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris race. This was an event that heralded a century of innovations and Michelin's commitment to people's mobility.
The first concern at that time was to increase the reliability and life of the tyres. Their life-expectancy was really terribly short, between 1,200 and 1,500km. Two important innovations were developed to give the tyre the resistance to wear that it had hitherto lacked.
The first was the introduction of carbon black in the manufacture of Michelin tyres, which increased the life of the tyres fivefold. This component which Michelin began using ion 1917 is what has given tyres their unmistakable black appearance. The second innovation was to introduce layers of non-woven fabric into the casing whereby all cords ran parallel; This gave birth to the so-called cable tyre in 1919.

These two major innovations lead to Michelin's first major result in 1923 with the launch of their Cable confort tyre, the first low-pressure passenger car tyre (2.5 bars) Its life was ten times longer than that of the first tyres. Two years later, the integration of bead wires into the tyre bead fixed the tyres onto the wheel rim with greater reliability than the beaded edge. From this point, a distinction between beaded-edge and cross-ply wired on-tyres had been made and the Cable confort, initially fitted with a beaded edge, was the first to benefit from this innovation.

Michelin continued the search to enable lower pressures, combined with a slower rate of wear and it was to succeed in 1932 when Michelin offered motorists a very low-pressure tyre (1.5 bars) which was twice as hard-wearing as the Cable confort; the Super comfort.
Back in 1929, Édouard Michelin requested that their manufacturing engineers design a tyre for the railway; until then it had not been envisaged that a tyre could bear such load. It was not long before the limitations of the textile casings became evident and so Michelin's engineers began to think in terms of a tyre that would include some metal in its construction. And so, 1934 Michelin managed, for the first time in history to get metal and rubber to bond together. Using this technique, Michelin's engineers designed the railway tyre for La Micheline Railcar.

In 1938 Michelin applied this invention to road tyres producing a tyre for heavy road vehicles incorporating steel into its composition. This was the metallic tyre, which was endowed with high resistance to over-heating. This crucial development preceded the perfecting of a new generation of tyres which were to be tyres with a radial casing.


Classic Michelin Tyres

It was in 1946 that Michelin applied for a patent on the radial tyre, thereby crowning many long years of research. Studying the principal of a separation of functions between the tyre tread and the side wall the Michelin engineers designed a tyre with open side walls made up of steel cords laid radially. This experimental Michelin tyre called cage à mouches (fly trap) demonstrated that the greatest amount of heat is produced by the repeated flexing of the sidewalls and not the crown. However, this tyre lacked directional stability forcing the engineers to develop a way of reinforcing the crown of the tyre with layers of steel under the tread. This brought about the birth of the famous Michelin X tyre. (The first production car to be equipped with the Michelin X was the Lancia Aurelia in 1951.)

This was the inauguration of an extensive family of Michelin car tyres, which would undergo many technological developments. The first of this family, the Michelin ZX improved the performance of the X tyre in terms of ease of driving and comfort. Concurrently, Michelin was involved in research in developing a tyre for racing cars based on the radial technology. These years of research led, at the end of 1965, to the launch of the Michelin XAS tyre. The XAS was a radial tyre with an asymmetrical casing construction and tread pattern. Research carried out on speed led to Michelin investigating low profile tyres. The principal of a tyre with a section width greater than its height dates back to 1937 with the Michelin Pilote tyre.

However, the invention of the radial tyre and the introduction of more and more powerful cars led to new thinking about the designs of such tyres. The research produced a series of tyres, the aspect ration (height of sidewalls: section width of the tyre), of which was less than 0.7 (70 series), 0.6 (60 series) or even 0.3 (30 series) whereas prior to that this ratio was always greater than, or equal to 0.8 (80 series). The first tyre in the 70 series was marketed from 1970 onwards. This was the Michelin XWX, the first production line tyres capable of speeds of 270kph (169mph). Among these new ranges of Michelin tyres, there is one which was both a forerunner and a special case; the Michelin TRX range.