Ferrari 250 Tires
1953 Ferrari 250 Europa & 1954–1955 250 Europa GT Tires
Fitting the early Ferrari 250 Europa tires onto the 15” Borrani wheels involved utilizing large crossply tires. Identifying the exact tires originally fitted can be a challenge, and due to the somewhat bespoke bodies, ensuring a precise tire fitment is tricky. Nonetheless, the 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 tires are recommended as an excellent option. For the 250 Europa GT tires from 1954 and 1955, 16” wheels were fitted with 600-16 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA™ tires, which Pirelli fortunately continues to manufacture. The 185VR16 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 tires present a perfect radial option, one that was used in that period.
Ferrari 250 GT Boano / 250 Ellena Tires
Both the Ferrari 250 GT Boano tires and the Ferrari 250 GT Ellena tires in the late 1950s were fitted with RW 3264 Borrani 16” wheels, with either 600-16 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA™ Bias ply tires or 185VR16 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 radial tires. These remain commendable options for both the Boano and Ellena Coupe versions of the vintage 250GT Ferrari tires.
250 GT ‘Tour de France’ (TDF) Tires
The 250 GT TDF Ferrari tires for the long-wheelbase model were available with two wheel options. One, the RW 3598 millimetric wheel, was fitted with 175HR400 PIRELLI CINTURATO™ CA67 tires. The other option, the RW3526 wheel, could be equipped with either 600-16 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA™ tires or radial 185VR16 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 tires.
1956 to 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Tires
The early series 1 version of the 250 GT Cabriolet (from 1956 to 1959) fitted either 16” or 400mm Borrani wheels and came with the same tires fitted to the 250 GT Tour De France. However, in 1960, like many other Ferrari 250 GT models, it switched to 15” Borrani aluminium-rimmed wire wheels and fitted 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 tires as standard.
Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder Tires
The early Long Wheel Base series 1 version of the famous Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder fitted 16” wheels from 1957 through to 1959. Those first 50 California Spyders fitted 600-16 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA™ or 185VR16 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 radials. Again, in 1960, the Short wheelbase version of the 250 GT California Spyder series 2 moved to 15” Borrani wheels and fitted 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 radial tires as standard equipment.
250 GT Coupe Pininfarina Tires
The Pininfarina version of the vintage Ferrari 250GT Coupe fitted the same wheel and tire sizes as the Tour De France and 250 GT Cabriolet of the late 1950s; in 600-16 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA™ or 175HR400 PIRELLI CINTURATO™ CA67 by Pirelli.
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Tires
When they left the factory, Ferrari fitted all the 250 GT SWB cars with Dunlop racing tires as the 250 GT Short Wheel Base is predominantly a racing car. However, today if you want a road tire for a SWB 250 GT Ferrari, then we would suggest a 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67, as some of these cars would have been fitted with them in the period and raced on them. We also suggest they are the best tires available today for sports cars of this period.
1960-1963 Ferrari 250 GT/E 2+2 Tires
Ferrari's serious attempt at a 2+2 road car, the 250 GT/E, fitted 5.5” wide RW3591 on the series 1 and 2 versions of the 250 GTE 2+2, and the series 3 fitted the RW3960, which was half an inch wider. However, all models of the 250 GT/E 2+2 fitted 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67, because although this is a 2+2 car, it is still a Ferrari and deserved the best tire available at the time.
Ferrari 250 GTO Tires
Ferrari's swansong from 1960, the fabulous 250 GTO, all left the factory fitted with Dunlop Racing Tires. However, as a road tire setup, Pirelli some time ago made the Stelvio tires especially for the car. Due to understandably minimal demand, these tires are often out of stock. Please contact us for details. As an alternative, in a way to try to stay as close to the period as possible, we would suggest 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 on the front and 205VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN72 on the rear. These have different tread patterns front and rear, but the sidewall does look similar; it is a period-perfect front and the rear was developed in 1964. However, importantly, they are not low-profile radial tires, which is technology not developed until 1968.
If you need a radial tire for the road and you are more concerned about fitting the same tread pattern front and rear, then there is the option of fitting 215/70VR15 Michelin XWX on the front and 225/70VR15 Michelin XWX on the rear.
Original Tires for a Ferrari 250 GT Lusso
The GT Lusso, a stellar model within Ferrari's 250 GT sports car range, was originally outfitted with 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 tires. Notably, these tires continue to be manufactured by Pirelli today, maintaining their exceptional reputation.