Pirelli is expanding its range of tires for classic and vintage vehicles. The Pirelli Collezione line is designed to add new and technologically advanced compounds into its classic tire sizes but with the classic look car owners want for their vehicles.
Pirelli notes in its news release that the tires are created to allow “peak performance on today’s street or track while still paying homage to the car’s original character and authenticity.”
Among those tires are a brand new size for the Cinturato CA67, created in tribute to the 60th anniversary of Pirelli’s equipping of the Lancia Flaminia back in 1957. The tire is a 175 R400 89H.
Pirelli said its Collezione range fits many cars produced during the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, including Ferraris, Mercedes-Benz 300SLs, Lamborghini Miuras, Porsche 911s, but also Volkswagen Beetles.
“In particular,” the tire maker reported, “the range serves the air-cooled Porsche community, with five homologated Porsche sizes among the Pirelli Collezione with the Cinturato CN36 and P7 compounds. These tires were built in close collaboration with Porsche and were factory homologated to create the ‘perfect fit’ in terms of style and technical performance.”
Pirelli noted that its engineers consulted Porsche archives to “faithfully recreate the tire characteristics that complement each car’s original suspension set-up and dynamics, resulting in the ‘perfect fit’ tire for contemporary driving situations.”
However, new materials are used to enhance tire construction and detailing, including Pirelli’s high-performance, racing-derived nylon in the dual-ply caracass and high-tensile steel wire in the bead geometry.
“Combined with a dedicated undertread compound, Pirelli Collezione tires ultimately offer greater grip and water expulsion for a safer driving experience,” Pirelli said. “The tire tread compounds also conform to the latest environmental standards (unlike their original counterparts).
“From a design perspective, the tires retain the original sidewall lettering to maintain authenticity down to the smallest details.”
The upgraded Pirelli Collezione product range includes:
- The Cinturato CA67 – ’50s – “The first textile belted radial tire developed by Pirelli, it contains all-new materials in the classic shape: four longitudinal grooves in the ‘a greca’ style with a cut shoulder and wide siping.” The tire fits the Aston Martin DB5, Ferrari 250 GT and Mercedes-Benz 300SL. Prices range from $273 to $397 per tire, depending on size.
- The Cinturato CN72 – ’60s – “The CN72 tire tread pattern was developed for standard high-profile sizes, originally equipping the entire Ferrari range, Maserati 4000 and 5000, and other models,” as well as Aston Martin DB6, Lamborghini Miura P400 and original Maserati Ghibli. Price are $423 per tire.
- The Cinturato CN36 – ’60s – “Created in 1968 specifically for the Fiat Dino, the CN36 was Pirelli’s first standard production steel radial tire. It was HR rated with notable sport features that marked Pirelli’s re-entry into rallies, including an ability to absorb impact and prevent aquaplaning.” It has been repurposed with new technology and is available for such cars the Porsche 911, Ferrari and Fiat Dinos and Mercedes 280 range. Prices are $253 to $409 per tire.
- The Cinturato CN12 – ’70s – “This tire features a tread pattern created for low-profile sizes after the commercialization of 60- and 70-profile tire sizes.” Fitments include the Lamborghini Miura, Maserati Bora, Aston Martin DB4 and Jaguar E-type. Prices range from $412 to $464.
- The Cinturato P7 – ’70s – “Launched in 1976, this tire was an important innovation for the racing world with its nylon, zero-degree belt and ultra-low profile geometry.” The new versions fit Porsche 911 G models, including the Carrera Coupe. Prices are $297 to $332 each.
- The Cinturato P5 – ’70s – “Developed for Jaguar in the late ’70s to equip its luxury sedans, today it can equip those same cars, including the classic Jaguar XJ40 model.” Pricing is $445 per tire.
- The P7 CORSA Classic range offers both wet and dry versions for vintage rallying “by combining Pirelli’s latest tire structure and tread pattern with the traditional sidewall appearance. The P7 delivers maximum performance in greater safety.” Fitments include the Ferrari 308, Fiat 131 Abarth, Audi quattro GrB and others. Prices are $236 to $473 each.
The Pirelli Collezione is available through the Pirelli P Zero World, the brand’s flagship showroom in Los Angeles, and (in the five Porsche-homologated N-sped CN36 and P7 sizes) through U.S. Porsche dealerships.
For more information, visit the Pirelli Collezione website.