Jaguar XKE Tires
Series 1 XKE Tires
The first Jaguar XKE cars fitted Dunlop RS5 640H15 bias ply tires. However, often a radial tire was specified by the customer. At the time the Dunlop Radial 185HR15 SP41 was of an insufficient speed rating meaning that the XKE had to be speed restricted.
The sport car tire of choice in the 60's was the Pirelli Cinturato as Jaguar offered this as the radial tire upgrade for the Series 1 XKE. Today, the 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 is still the best tire for 6-cylinder XKE cars.
Series 2 XKE Tires
In 1968 with the development of the Series 2 XKE, Dunlop had developed the 185VR15 Dunlop SP Sport which Jaguar used as original equipment on the cars. However, for those who could afford it the 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 was still the tire of choice.
When the Series 3 XKE was produced many people with the earlier cars wanted to make them seem more modern by fitting ER/70VR15 tires. Still today if you want to make your Series 1 or Series 2 XKE have fuller wheel arches a classic 205/70R15 tire is an excellent option. However, it is important to point out that in fitting 205/70R15 tires to your early XKE, you will probably have to remove the rear bump stops.
Series 3 V12 XKE Tires
With the Series 3 V12 XKE Jaguar introduced power steering which allowed them to take advantage of the new low-profile tire technology. The Series 3 XKE fitted ER/70VR15 tires. In this size the ideal XKE V12 tire is the 205/70WR15 PIRELLI P5™.
ER/70VR15 Jaguar XKE Tires
The tire size 205/70VR15 is the current way of describing the old tire size ER/70VR15 today. An excellent option for a Series 3 XKE would be the 205/70WR15 PIRELLI P5™ .
The series 3 XKE (Or E-Type in the UK) was a very different car. It took on a lot of the mechanics of the Jaguar XJ series. One of these features is the power steering, making the car more suited to ER/70VR15, or 205/70VR15 tires as they are now called, as well as ideally suited to the Jaguar Homologated PIRELLI P5 tire.