It took a while to write this post for Ferrari chat so i thought i would share it with you chaps too
It has prompted me to go and look at the dates of relavent tyres we have on the shelf today which are in good shape. 165HR400 Cinturaato CA67
early cars 13th week of 2016 185VR16 Pirelli Cinturato CA67
1950's cars and some early '60s 21st week of 2016 185VR15 Pirelli Cinturato CA67
1960's 250 cars 30th week of 2016 205/70VR15 Cinturato CN12
13th week of 2016 & 205/70VR15 Michelin XWX
38th week of 2016. 205/70VR15 is not actually a Ferrari tyre however i often see cars like Ferrari 250 GT SWB
& Ferrari 250 GTE
that did originally fit the 185VR15 Pirelli Cinturato choose to fit a later more modern wider tyre such as the 205/70VR15 where 70 profile tyres didn't come out till 1968. And the XWX being a late '60s tyre and CN12 being 1971 are the only genuine tyres that are really suitable. 205VR15 Pirelli Cinturato CN72
cars on 15" wheels from 1964 - 1972 (ish) 29th week of 2016 205VR14 Michelin XWX
14" wheeled cars of the '60s Ferrari 275 GTB
, Ferrari 330 GTC
, Ferrari 330 GTS
we do still have some of the 2015 tyres left and then we are into 16th week of 2016 date codes. 215/70VR15 Michelin XWX
24th week of 2016 or 215/70VR15 Pirelli CN12 Cinturato
20th week of 2016 205/70VR14 Pirelli Cinturato CN36
31st week of 2016 & 205/70Vr14 Michelin XWX
38th week of 2016
Admittedly the 225/70VR15 XWX is 2015, however i am glad this subject was raised while my stocks are in such good condition. don't get me wrong; our stocks are always in good condition we are very keen to maintain a FIFO system and be careful of our stock levels. However currently Michelin and Pirelli are firing on all cylinders and to maintain a stock level of such extraordinary low volume tyres where they are predominantly under a year old is pretty good and i am glad of the opportunity to show off.
While i am blatantly showing off i could point out some more good news that we have brought about for vintage Ferrari owners.
Historically occasionally Pirelli made the odd batch of 185VR16 & 165HR400 Cinturato CA67 tyres for the '50s cars. However since we developed our relationship with Pirelli and have been able to feed them the right information to make the range viable, it has very much developed specially with regard to Vintage Ferrari owners. We now have the 185VR15 CA67 Which was original equipment on 250 cars such as the GT Lusso, 250 GTE, Series 2 250 GT Cabriolet, 250 GT SWB, (I also wonder if it was a road option for the GTO, we have certainly sold it to some) It is the only genuine V rated '60s tyre in the size 185VR15.
Another breakthrough was the reintroduction of the 205VR15 Cinturato CN72, which came out in 1964, and was the biggest tyre anyone had managed to produce that could withstand the power that the Ferrari's were making in those days. fascinating for a tyre bore like me, because if you look at the tyre fitment of the top car manufacturers of this period they all moved from 16" wheels to 15" and in the second half of t he '60s Ferrari, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Maserati, ISO & Rolls Royce were fitting 205VR15 tyres. Untill Pirelli made this tyre again you would see lots of the Ferrari's and Maserati's between 1964 and the 1970's were fitting 215/70VR15 tyres that are about an inch smaller in diameter, and just didn't look quite right.
At the end of the '60s beginnig of he '70s when low profile tyres were takeing hold these cars generally moved onto 215/70VR15, and we now have aa choice of W rated period performance tyres, as we now do with the Dino tyre 205/70VR14.
On the subject of pricing, my view is that i can justify the prices till i am blue in the face, but it will not take away from the fact that a set of high performance tyres made in small batches by the worlds best tyre manufacturers just adds up to the sort of sum nobody likes to see on their credit card statement. However just a little reference i stumbled across recently is that when i was first doing this, the 185VR16 Pirelli Cinturato (the only proper V rated tyre for your early cars) cost £ 235 + UK VAT and now we are retailing them for £ 239 + VAT.
My apologies for all my showing off and i hope i haven't bored you all too much. If you spot any mistakes on my web sites please let me know