Radial Tyres

Vintage Radial Tyres

  • Radial tyres were first patented in 1946 with the vintage Michelin X.
  • The movement towards radial tyres started slowly throughout the 1950s.
  • In the 1950s with the introduction of the Pirelli Cinturato, sports car manufacturers started using radial tyres.
  • By the mid-1960s radial tyres were the predominant technology throughout Europe.
  • In 1965 Michelin developed the asymmetric radial tyre with the XAS.
  • Radial tyres were not the main tyre technology in USA until 1970.
  • In 1968 low profile tyres became available with Pirelli CN36, Dunlop SP Sport and Michelin XWX.
  • Pirelli were making 60% profile Cinturato CN36 for Porsche 911 RS in 1972.
  • Ultra low profile tyres hit the streets in 1974 with the Pirelli P7, and then Michelins millimetric TRX.

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  1. Fiat 500 white wall tyre
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    Fiat 500 white wall tyre

    Starting at $386.40 $322.00

  2. Classic Fiat 500 wheels and tyres
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    Set of 5 Classic Fiat 500 wheels and tyres

    Starting at $1,866.48 $1,555.40

  3. Fiat 500 wheel with white wall tyre
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    Set of 4 Fiat 500 wheel with white wall tyre

    Starting at $1,510.32 $1,258.60

  4. New Fiat 500 wheels
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    Set of 5 New Fiat 500 wheels

    Starting at $991.20 $826.00

  5. Fiat 500 wheels & Tyres
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    Set of 4 Fiat 500 wheels & Tyres

    Starting at $806.40 $672.00

  6. Fiat 500 Wheel and Tyre
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    Fiat 500 Wheel and Tyre

    Starting at $210.00 $175.00

  7. 155 HR 13 Dunlop SP Sport Aquajet
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    155 HR 13 Dunlop SP Sport Aquajet

    Starting at $206.64 $172.20

  8. 235/70 HR 15 Michelin XVS
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    Set of 5 235/70 HR 15 Michelin XVS

    Starting at $1,879.92 $1,566.60

  9. 235/70 HR15 Michelin XVS
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    Set of 4 235/70 HR15 Michelin XVS

    Starting at $1,678.32 $1,398.60

  10. 235/70x15 Michelin XVS Whitewall
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    235/70x15 Michelin XVS Whitewall
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  11. 185 HR 15 Michelin XVS Whitewall
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    185 HR 15 Michelin XVS Whitewall
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  12. 6.40 x 13 Michelin ZX Whitewall
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    6.40 x 13 Michelin ZX Whitewall
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  13. 165R15 Michelin XZX Whitewall
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    165R15 Michelin XZX Whitewall

    Starting at $236.88 $197.40

  14. Jeu de 5 180HR15 Michelin XAS OFFRE
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    145 HR 13 Michelin XAS FF

    Starting at $252.00 $210.00

  15. 215/70 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12
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    215/70 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12

    Starting at $485.52 $404.60

  16. 225/70 WR 15 Pirelli Stelvio
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    225/70 WR 15 Pirelli Stelvio

    Starting at $787.92 $656.60

  17. 165VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO
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    165 VR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36

    Starting at $300.72 $250.60

  18. 145 SR 12 Michelin MX
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    145 SR 12 Michelin MX

    Starting at $109.20 $91.00

  19. 225/70VR15 Michelin XWX
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    Set of 5 205/70 VR 15 Michelin XWX

    Starting at $2,184.00 $1,820.00

  20. 225/70VR15 Michelin XWX
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    Set of 4 205/70 VR15 Michelin XWX

    Starting at $1,780.80 $1,484.00

  21. 205/70WR15 PIRELLI P5
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    205/70 WR 15 PIRELLI P5

    Starting at $320.88 $267.40

  22. 165HR15 Galaxy Whitewall
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    185 TR 14 Galaxy Whitewall

    Starting at $117.60 $98.00

  23. 145TR12 Nankang
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    145 R 12 Nankang

    Starting at $78.96 $65.80

  24. 235/75R15 Milestar Whitewall
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    Set of 5 235/75 R 15 Milestar Whitewall
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  25. 235/75R15 Milestar Whitewall
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    Set of 4 235/75 R15 Milestar Whitewall
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  26. 235/75HR15 Galaxy Whitewall
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    Set of 5 235/75 TR 15 Galaxy Whitewall

    Starting at $882.00 $735.00

  27. 235/75HR15 Galaxy Whitewall
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    Set of 4 235/75 TR15 Galaxy Whitewall

    Starting at $705.60 $588.00

  28. 235/70 R 15 Galaxy Whitewall
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    Set of 5 235/70 R 15 Galaxy Whitewall

    Starting at $772.80 $644.00

  29. 235/70 r15 Galaxy Whitewall
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    Set of 4 235/70 r15 Galaxy Whitewall

    Starting at $621.60 $518.00

  30. Jeu de 5 185VR16 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67
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    Set of 5 185 VR 16 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67

    Starting at $2,100.00 $1,750.00

  31. Jeu de 4 185VR16 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67
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    Set of 4 185 VR16 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67

    Starting at $1,680.00 $1,400.00

  32. Jeu de 4 155HR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67
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    Set of 4 155 HR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67

    Starting at $1,006.32 $838.60

  33. Jeu de 5 155HR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67
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    Set of 5 155 HR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67

    Starting at $1,241.52 $1,034.60

  34. Jeu de 2 185/70 R 15 and 2 215/60 R 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN36 N4
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    Set of 2 185/70R15 & 2 215/60R15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36

    Starting at $1,680.00 $1,400.00

  35. Jeu de 5 185/70WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36
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    Set of 5 185/70 R 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36

    Starting at $1,831.20 $1,526.00

  36. Jeu de 4 185/70WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36
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    Set of 4 185/70 R15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36

    Starting at $1,510.32 $1,258.60

  37. Jeu de 5 165VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36
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    Set of 5 165VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN36

    Starting at $1,428.00 $1,190.00

  38. Jeu de 5 175HR400 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67
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    Set of 5 175 HR 400 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67

    Starting at $1,678.32 $1,398.60

  39. Jeu de 4 175HR400 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67
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    Set of 4 175 HR400 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67

    Starting at $1,375.92 $1,146.60

  40. Jeu de 5 165HR400 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67
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    Set of 5 165 HR 400 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67

    Starting at $1,174.32 $978.60

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Radial Classic and Vintage Tyres Recommendations

Radial tyres became the predominant tyres in the 1950's and 60's. Longstone Classic Tyres can offer 
radial tyres as an alternative to classic cross ply tyres.

For help finding the correct classic radial tyres for your classic car, phone us on 
+44 (0) 1302 714 072 or email us at info@longstonetyres.co.uk


Radial Car Tyres Construction

The first radial car tyres were marketed as the Michelin "X" in 1949. At that time Lancia was the first company to offer Michelin's radial tyres as original equipment on the Aurelia. The Radial Michelin X began a long line of revolutionary tyre designs which include: 

Radial Michelin ZX tyres
Radial Michelin XAS tyres
Radial Michelin XWX tyres
Radial Michelin TRX tyres


Classic Radial Tyres

The radial tyre was first patented by Michelin in 1946 after years of research. The beauty of the radial tyre design is that it separates the functions of the sidewall and crown of the tyre, allowing greater vertical flexibility whilst ensuring that there is still as much tyre surface in contact with the road as possible. In classic radial tyres the sidewall has a one or two layers of textile cord giving good flexibility and the radial tyre tread is made rigid by combining the casing layer with two (or more) layers of steel cord bracing plies of the radial tyres. Both these factors give the classic radial tyre excellent road holding capabilities and a longer life span when compared to classic cross-ply tyres.

Radial Tires

Radial Tyres FAQ

Q: Who invented Radial tyres?

A: Radial Tyre technology was invented by Michelin during the war, but they chose not to patent it while they were under the control of the Nazi party so the Michelin X radial tyres were first patented in 1946.

Q: Are modern tyres radial or crossply?

A: Since the 1960s in Europe and 1970 in America most car tyres have been radial. For classic cars of the 1950s onwards we would often suggest fitting a radial upgrade such as a Cinturato over what might have been an original crossply. But importantly fitting a classic tyre carcass to suit a classic car chassis.

Q: What is the difference between a radial and a non radial tyres?

A: Before radials took centre stage, vintage cars fitted crossply tyres, which don’t last as long, don’t grip as well (specially in the wet), and tend to wander more at cruising speeds due to a less sophisticated carcass design.

Q: What does radial tyre mean?

A: The Cords in the carcass come radially from the centre of the wheel, and there is a separate belt in the tread.

Q: Are most tyres radial?

A: Yes, for road use. Though often off road tyres are still crossply or Bias ply. Most road cars fit radial tyres, since the mid 1960s.


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