Radial Tyres

Radial Car Tyres

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 CA67, sports car manufacturers such as Alfa Romeo and Lancia 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.
  • The handling of your classic car is dramatically improved by fitting a tyre design of the period that suits the chassis set up of your classic car.
  • A modern radial tyre is better than a classic radial tyre on a modern car, but a classic radial tyre will suit a classic car better. A late 1960s Porsche 911 is better with a CN36, however a late 1970s or 1980s 911SC is better off with a P7.

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