Vintage Tyres

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Vintage tyres from the pre war period come in different styles:

Beaded edge Tyres

Beaded edge or Clincher tyres, up until 1924 these early pneumatic tyres had no metal in the carcass and were only held on by the pressure in the tyre.

Straight sided Tyres

Straight sides or split rime tyres where the tyres were held on by wire in the inner circumference, and run at high pressures.

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Crossply Tyres

Crossply tyres fitted to well based wheels, took over as the standard from about 1924.

Balloon Tyres

Balloon tyres were developed in the 1930s to give more comfort.

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Classic Tyres

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Post-war there have been many ground breaking developments for classic car tyres as the cars chassis have developed tyres have developed to take advantage of the extra grip the chassis allows them to provide.

  • Cross ply tyres on well based wheels carried on throughout the war and through to the 1970s.
  • Michelin X radial tyres were patented in 1946, and radial tyres gathered momentum in the 1950s and ‘60s.
  • Pirelli developed the Cinturato CA67 in 1952. It was the first radial tyre developed for Sports cars.
  • Low profile tyres were developed in 1968 with the ER/70VR15 Dunlop Aquajet for Jaguar and 185/70VR15 Pirelli Cinturato CN36 for Porsche.
  • Ultra low profile tyres were developed in the mid 1970s with Pirelli P7 and Michelin TRX.

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