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09-26-2019 10:07 AM
dougal We do the 185/70R14 XAS https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/mic...helin-xas.html too.

Bu they haven't mad the 175/70 for a long time
07-31-2019 11:37 AM
jclark I remember the Original XVS's, [185/70HRI4 ] still have the spare in the trunk, orig. campy Daytona, never mounted.

But the other 4 were deleted toute de suite, as they were death traps in the rain. Factory on my '82.

After that mostly Goodyear 205 gatorbacks ( autocross daze ), and Fulda 205/60R14 all seasons.

Currently Falken Azinis, 195/60R14 86H RT615K - good tires, just a bit too loud, but boy, do they stick.

Prolly take a good look at the Pirelli's CN36 at next change...
07-30-2019 04:57 AM
dougal
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Originally Posted by Vivace View Post
Mr Dougal, I'm not seeing a 195/60-15 on your list. Same diameter as OEM on a 105. For a 6x15 wheel.
I only encourage people to buy tyres that will make a classsic car handle well.

fitting a 195/60R15 will not handle very well on a 105. The steering will become too, heavy, numb and slow. The ride will become harsh and the handling unpleasant and loose it's progressiveness. might as well buy a different car!

I do like the look of your XVS tyres though as a nice Antique museum peice.

We do also sell a 185/70R14 XAS https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/cla...helin-xas.html

Hopefully we will be getting a CN36 175/70VR15 soon from Pirelli, which will be much nicer than a 195/60
07-28-2019 09:58 AM
6alfas
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Currently I have old Michelin XVS in 175/70-15, for a bit more footprint and a vintage fat sidewall. The DOT stamp says "015" (!)... so I'm thinking that was the first week of 1995. Static display only at this point. I remember them being quite hard and pretty entertaining in the rain in Seattle when new.

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I'll keep the skinny wheels for originality and to win Pebble Beach, but I'm working on some 6x15 steelies for an everyday, factory "sport" look. The slightly wider stance a GTA has.

There's a Vredestein Sportrac and a Quatrac in 195/60 - can't find a lot about them. People mention "comfort"....
Couple of Falkens, some others, but pretty limited. I just don't want old man Caprice Classic "Grand Touring" tires on this thing.

That said, is the handling of a modern all-season tire the equivalent or stiffer than a 60s OEM radial??
I just put new Falken Ziex tires on my Spider last month. The old tires had a date code of 1986 or 1996, most likely 86. The stems broke off when they checked them.
07-28-2019 09:24 AM
GV27 The Sportracs look like they'd do a pretty good job. If you were to go up to 205/50 there are all sorts of high performance tires available.

That said, there is definitely something to be said for skinnies on an old car. It's more fun to drive a slow car fast than it is to drive a fast car slow.....
07-27-2019 04:44 PM
Vivace Currently I have old Michelin XVS in 175/70-15, for a bit more footprint and a vintage fat sidewall. The DOT stamp says "015" (!)... so I'm thinking that was the first week of 1995. Static display only at this point. I remember them being quite hard and pretty entertaining in the rain in Seattle when new.

Attachment 1579386

I'll keep the skinny wheels for originality and to win Pebble Beach, but I'm working on some 6x15 steelies for an everyday, factory "sport" look. The slightly wider stance a GTA has.

There's a Vredestein Sportrac and a Quatrac in 195/60 - can't find a lot about them. People mention "comfort"....
Couple of Falkens, some others, but pretty limited. I just don't want old man Caprice Classic "Grand Touring" tires on this thing.

That said, is the handling of a modern all-season tire the equivalent or stiffer than a 60s OEM radial??
07-27-2019 06:36 AM
GV27 I think that's a much more "modern" size than Longstone usually carries. Lucas doesn't carry that size either. Yes, that was stock size for some late model Spiders, but a 105 wouldn't have been originally fitted with anything near that wide/low. Even for my 14" wheels the "newest" tire Longstone stocks originally ceased production many years before my 1990 was made. I think my car was originally fitted with some sort of Michelin gas-saving tire....
07-26-2019 01:09 PM
Vivace Mr Dougal, I'm not seeing a 195/60-15 on your list. Same diameter as OEM on a 105. For a 6x15 wheel.
07-26-2019 09:13 AM
grizzly
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Those Falken's have a longer treadwear warranty than my 30 year old car has miles on it! They're gonna be rocks.

What size are you looking for?
OEM size. My Sumitomo's were great but they're starting to dry rot.
07-26-2019 08:15 AM
Kim Boydell
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Yeah but good tires makes it more fun! I put on a set of Cinturato CN36s from Longstone this spring and must say they are terrific! I think the tires I had on there were a 400 tread wear rating (the Falkens mentioned above are like 750 - bigger number tends to mean longer wear and less grip). Not sure what the Cinturatos are but they are MUCH grippier than my old tires. As advertised the rear end breakaway is totally progressive - though I sometimes miss the lurid tailslides I would get with the old tires! They've also made the steering MUCH lighter at parking speeds. They're really fantastic. I also think at this point they're just about the only performance tire available in anything close to the stock 14" size without going to a full auto-x tire. Dougal's right AGAIN!
Exactly, that is why I never worried about tread life, stick is better.
07-25-2019 09:20 AM
GV27
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On the other hand, with impending retirement and my kids no longer living at home, my weekend warrior may get a lot more use
Yeah but good tires makes it more fun! I put on a set of Cinturato CN36s from Longstone this spring and must say they are terrific! I think the tires I had on there were a 400 tread wear rating (the Falkens mentioned above are like 750 - bigger number tends to mean longer wear and less grip). Not sure what the Cinturatos are but they are MUCH grippier than my old tires. As advertised the rear end breakaway is totally progressive - though I sometimes miss the lurid tailslides I would get with the old tires! They've also made the steering MUCH lighter at parking speeds. They're really fantastic. I also think at this point they're just about the only performance tire available in anything close to the stock 14" size without going to a full auto-x tire. Dougal's right AGAIN!
07-25-2019 06:48 AM
Kim Boydell I have never yet replace a set of tires because they wore out. It has always been because they got too old, so looking for long treadwear tires is a waste of time.
Of course I live in Canada and only have about 5 months of driving time starting after the first big rain fall in the spring that washes the salt off the road until the week before my best guess of when the first over-night freeze will take place and liquid salt is sprayed on the road.
Same with windshield wipers. The always die from sun damage, not use.
On the other hand, with impending retirement and my kids no longer living at home, my weekend warrior may get a lot more use
07-25-2019 06:26 AM
GV27
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I passed all sorts of cars. i was going well over 100mph I have had 110mph out of it on the back straight at Goodwood, so i dread to think how fast i was going on that really long straight.


At 110+ in Piglet you must feel like you're really going somewhere fast!
07-25-2019 02:05 AM
dougal If you follow this link https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/cla...es-poster.html you can order a free poster.

There is a comments section at the bottom if you put in there that you would like an "11 toe sticker"

(there is not a prize for anyone who works out why it is called the "11 toe sticker")

I passed all sorts of cars. i was going well over 100mph I have had 110mph out of it on the back straight at Goodwood, so i dread to think how fast i was going on that really long straight. It isn't actually a competitive event so there was only one or 2 other pre war cars that were actually going fast, and i think they were also Frazer Nash. we drove it like a proper hill climb.

I drove down in my van with a trailer on the back with a friends Frazer Nash on the trailer and mine inside the Merc Sprinter. The Van broke down a bit, just after we set off, and we were on limp mode at 50 mph with no turbo. So we left our Van in Milan at Mercedes, and drove the last leg very fast in our cars on the Italian Motorways. It turns out regardless of how fast you are going and regardless of weather the car has a passenger in it with free hands you will get filmed when you overtake cars in a Vintage car on an Italian motorway.

I think i will go again some time, but not every year.

out of interest this weekend is Vintage racing at Cadwell park if you are looking for a bit of old car fun.

This https://www.circuitdesremparts.com/en/ is one of my favorite events on the Continent
07-24-2019 02:31 PM
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Aha that is not my car. i think it was about 2 years ago that i went

here is a short film
I know its not you car, but you either sold him tyres or at least a sticker!

Great video of yours, you look quite quick, was that a type 35 Bugatti you passed about 2/3 in?

I drove down with the AROC, a group of 46 cars, in our S2 junior Spider, a 'shake down' drive of 3000 miles after rebuilding the gearbox and back axle. We got to visit and drive to the top of the Fiat Lingotto building and visit the Blue team Alfa Romeo collection. But it has to be said the Silver Flag event did it for me. We sat ourselves at that bar, with the umbrellas, at Lugagnano, see the cars, beer and lunch! The atmosphere down at the pits area was something every petrol head (who loves Italian cars) should have on their bucket list. I would like to engineer next years Italian trip to include the Silver Flag again.
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