PIRELLI Tyres

Pirelli Cinturato Tyres

A large proportion of the Borrani wheels made for road cars throughout the 50's, 60's & 70's would have been fitted with Pirelli Cinturato ™ tyres- 

In 1952 Pirelli developed it's new Cinturato CA67- At the time, the Cinturato was the highest speed rated radiali tyre- the Cinturato was also the only radiali tyre developed for sports cars- Before the Cinturato the only radiali tyre was the Michelin X, which was developed for increased longevity, the extra grip was almost a side effect- the Michelin X was developed for use with classic cars like the Traction Avant Citroen- However Pirelli; with the Cinturato CA67 moved radiali tyres on to another level- The Cinturato among other things had more rounded shoulders so it did not brake away violently making a radiali tyre that handled progressively- It was the progressive handling of the Pirelli Cinturato that made it the tyre of choice for top notch car manufactures, racers and rallying alike-

Al the best European Sportscar manufacturers of the 50's and 60's fitted Pirelli Cinturato- Morgan, MG, Ferrari, Maserati, ISO, Alfa Romeo to name but a few- 

What is forgotten is that; if you bought a great British car such as Aston Martin DB4 that came as standard with an Avon TurboSpeed Cross ply tyre; and you specified that you wanted a radiali; Aston Martin would have fitted a Pirelli Cinturato as their official radiali tyre recommendation- They didn't fit Avon radiali tyres to these cars because Avon hadn't as yet developed a radiali tyre that was up to the job- Like wise if you bought a Jaguar series 1 XKE and specified you wanted radiali tyres the Dunlop SP41 at the time was not up to the job, Jaguar would have to restrict the speed of your car- so in the mid 60's Jaguar fitted the Pirelli Cinturato 185VR15 CA67 HS  as their radiali tyre of choice- 

the Pirelli Cinturato is manufactured today by Pirelli to suit many of the cars of the 50's and 60's- Here is a fitment guide for the Pirelli Cinturato CA67

Tyre SizeCars
185VR16 CA67 Aston Martin 2-Litre Sports, Aston Martin DB2, Aston Martin DB2/4, Aston Martin DB Mark III, Aston Martin DB4, Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato; Jaguar XK120, XK140, XK150 and C-Type; BMW 2500 and 375; 1950s and early 60s Maserati and Ferrari; Bristol up to the 409 in 1967; AC Ace; Triumph Gloria and Renown; Riley RM and Pathfinder; Lea Francis up to 1954; Daimler DB18
165HR14 CA67 Alfa Romeo Alfetta, Giulia & Spider; Audi 100; Austin Cambridge & A60 Countryman; BMW 1800 & 2000; Citroen GS; Lancia Flavia & Fulvia; Mazda 1800;MG MGB; MG Magnette; Morris Oxford; Peugeot 504; Porsche 924; Riley 4/68 & 4/72; Rover 2200TC; Wolsley 16/60
185VR15 CA67 Aston Martin DB4, DB5 and DB6; Jaguar E-type series 1 & 2 and Jaguar Mk1, Mk2 & S-type saloons; Daimler V8 saloon; Ferrari 250GT and 250GTE;Mercedes 220D; BMW 2600 and 3200; Citroen ID and DS; Morgan +8; Rover P4 and P5; Jensen CV8
155HR15 CA67 Alfa Romeo Giulietta and Giulia; Lancia Flavia and Appia; Lotus Elite; MG MGA; Peugeot 403 and 404; Triumph TR2 and TR3; Volkswagen Beetle

Pirelli Cinturato CN72 HS

In 1964 Car manufacturing had developed to a point where they could build cars that would still handle well on a bigger tyre- They were wanting to move onto 15" wheels so Pirelli developed the 205VR15 Cinturato CN72 HS-

The 205VR15 Cinturato HS took off as the top notch tyre- It was the tyre fitted to the flagship cars of all the top Italian car manufacturers of the mid 60's till the beginning of the 70's- Pirelli's 205VR15 Cinturato CN72 HS was original equipment on cars like the first Lamborghini Muira, Ferrari's 500 Superfast, The Maserati Ghibli and the ISO Griffo

Cars in the UK such as Rolls Royce and Aston Martin were fitting cross ply tyres of the size 815X15 they started to offer 205VR15 as the radiali alternativa, of which of course the Pirelli Cinturato CN72 HS was the sporting tyre of choice-

 
205VR15 CN72 AC 428; Aston Martin DB6 MkII; Aston Martin DBS; Bentley Type 1 (1966-1973); Ferrari 330 GT 2+2; Ferrari 500 Superfast; Ferrari 365 and Ferrari 365 GT 2+2; Bizzarrini Iso; Rivolta and Grifo; Lamborghini 350GT; Lamborghini 400GT; Lamborghini Islero; Lamborghini Miura and Lamborghini Espada, Maserati 4200 Quattroporte; Maserati Mistral 68; Maserati Mexico; Maserati Ghibli; Maserati Sebring; Rolls Royce Silver Shadow (1963-1973)​