The Standard original tire on a 250GTE was 185VR15 Pirelli CA67.
Some early 250 GTE fitted Dunlop SP41 which is no longer made, but Ferrari soon upgraded to Pirelli.
185VR15 Pirelli Cinturato CA67 is the perfect tire for the Ferrari 250GT/E 2+2
250 GTE wheels
When the 250 GTE first came about Ferrari fitted it with a 5.5” wide Borrani wheel RW3591, it tied in with the end of the ‘50s and the movement away from 16” wheels and tires, of course led by Ferrari, who were moving their cars to fitting 185VR15 Pirelli Cinturato Tires. Naturally, the likes of Jaguar followed suit with their e-type being on 15” wheels compared to the 16” wheels of the XK, and Aston Martin following suit in 1963 with the later DB4 moving to 15”.
Ferrari 250 GTE Tires
Ferrari have also been controversial with the width of their wheel rims, hence relatively early into the production of the 250 GTE, Borrani supplied them with a 6” wide wheel RW3690 - 6” wide being the top end of rim widths recommended for the 185VR15 tire and the Cinturato was still OE on these cars. They took it slightly further in 1962 with the 250 GT Lusso where Ferrari fitted the 185VR15 Cinturato onto a 6.5” wide wheel, setting the trend for the modern boy racer with their stretched tires that we see today.
Series 3 250GTE wheels
Although predominantly the series 3 version of the 250GTE fitted the 6” RW3690 some of the very late 250GTE Ferrari fitted the same RW3801 6.5” wheels that were fitted to the 250 Lusso, and of course stuck with the Pirelli Cinturato CA67.
Because later Ferrari moved on to modern low profile tire technology and fitted the Michelin XWX, many of these cars, until recent times, have been seen on the 205/70VR15 XWX. This happened because of the interest in modernising the car in the ‘70s, but more recently because the Cinturato was not available. The good news is that this tire was reintroduced by Pirelli at the request of Longstone Tires in 2009, giving everyone the ability to drive and enjoy their car the way Ferrari intended.