Vintage Ferrari Tires

Currently there are an excellent selection of vintage Ferrari tires made by the worlds best tire manufacturers Pirelli even making the early 6.00-16 Stella Bianca original equipment cross ply tires for early Ferrari of a 1940s or 1950s vintage, Michelin were first to the market with radial tires for vintage Ferrari making the 165SR400 Michelin X for some of the early Ferrari fitting millimetric wheels, They also make a 185SR16 Michelin X for the Ferrari 250 fitted with 16” wheels. Michelin also make a 600WR16 Pilot X, which is a radial tire designed to look like the 1950s Englebert crossply racing tire.

The Pirelli Cinturato CA67 which came out in 1952 and was the radial tire fitted to many of the early 1960s cars as 185VR15 Cinturato CA67. Pirelli also make the 175HR400 CA67 which is the only 400 mm tire with a 130mph speed rating and the 185VR16 CA67 that was the radial option for 1950s Ferrari on 16” wheels. In the 1950s many of the Borrani 16” road wheels fitted on Ferrari road cars left the factory with either the 6.00-16 Pirelli Stella Bianca or the 185VR16 Pirelli Cinturato radial tire.

In 1964 Ferrari road cars moved to 15” or 14” wheels. Vintage Ferrari on 15” wheels in the mid 1960s fitted 205VR15 Pirelli Cinturato CN72 and for these mid 1960s Ferrari on 14” wheels we have the 205VR14 Michelin XWX. It is worth noting that Ferrari pre 1968 did not fit 70 profile tires as OE however many of these cars will have been modified to fit either 70% profile Michelin XWX or the Pirelli Cinturato CN12. For early 1960s cars that fitted 185VR15 tires as OE they might fit a 205/70VR15 XWX or 205/70VR15 Pirelli Cinturato CN12 as a more modern alternative. Ferrari between 1964 and 1968 predominantly fitted 205VR14 or 210VR14 Pirelli CN72 can often fit 205VR14 Michelin XWX or 215/70VR14 Michelin XWX as a low profile more modern tire. In the same way the Ferrari road cars between 1964 and 1968 that fitted 15” wheels would have fitted 205VR15 Cinturato CN72, may often fit 215/70VR15 Michelin XWX or 215/70VR15 Pirelli Cinturato CN12 as a modern alternative. However we would suggest sticking to original equipment tires.


    Classic Ferrari Tires

    When low profile tires were first developed Ferrari were immediately on the case. The Ferrari Dino of 1967 originally had 185R14 tires, but pretty much the minute a low-profile tire was developed the Dino moved onto fitting 205/70VR14 Michelin XWX. Likewise, the Ferrari Daytona, the 365 GTB/4 were straight in fitting 215/70VR15 Michelin XWX. (Though at the time these XWX tires were simply called X, then soon after XVR, the XWX).

    In the mid 1970s tire technology moved on again with ultra low-profile tire technology, and of course Ferrari uprated its cars to make them capable of taking advantage of the new levels of grip offered by this low-profile technology. Both Pirelli with their Cinturato P7 and Michelin with its TRX technology were the leading producers of early low profile tire tech. Ferrari, with the 308 GTB and GTS, used 220/55VR390 TRX, the same tire was used on the front the Later Mondial 3.2 with the 240/55VR390 TRX that was fitted front and rear on earlier Ferrari Mondial. The 2+2 Ferrari 400, like the 365 GT4 2+2 before it started life with the 215/70VR15 Michelin XWX, in 1982 moved on to 415mm TRX wheels and fitted 240/55R415 Michelin TRX.

    Although the TRX wheel and tire system did offer extraordinary levels of comfort, grip and direction stability, the car world moved back onto generic inch size wheels and Ferrari moved onto using predominantly 16” wheels and mostly with the Goodyear Gatorback tires, which are no longer produced. The other option in period which was recommended by Ferrari and is still in production today is the Pirelli P7. Period recommendations for both the Mondial and 308, which also moved onto the 328 were 205/55R16 Pirelli Cinturato P7 and 225/50R16 Pirelli Cinturato P7. Pirelli also make 225/50R16 P-Zero Directionale for the front and 255/50R16 P-Zero Assimetrico for the rear of the TestaRossa and 288GTO, which are also serviced by Michelin with the 225/50R16 Pilot Sport and the 255/50R16 Pilot Sport.