[Healeys] Tires, redux

josef-eckert at t-online.de josef-eckert at t-online.de
Fri Nov 3 01:34:22 MDT 2017

Hi Gary,
to answer your qustion.
Here in the UK at National Concours the factory fitted tyres are the ones 
we prefer to see on a concours car. This means for Big Healeys it is the 
tyre size 590/15 in cross ply. Up to last year the original DUNLOP RS5 tyre 
in 590/15 was still available and was the prefered tyre. Unfortunately 
GOODYEAR/DUNLOP ceased production.. Now we still have the AVON tyre in 
590/15, which is from a concours point of view the prefered tyre for Big 
Healeys in Concours. For the Sprites the 520//13 is also still available 
and prefered. All other sorts of tyres fitted at Concours will give a 
When radials are fitted like 165/80 15s or 175/80, 180/80, 185/80 they 
should have a period style and not modern thread pattern. Deductions are 
given anyway, but depending on the look from a period point of view. 
185/70s are the worst in the line.
Josef Eckert
National Concours Secretary
Austin-Healey Club UK
Betreff: [Healeys] Tires, redux
Datum: 2017-11-03T00:43:42+0100
Von: "editorgary at aol.com" <editorgary at aol.com>
An: "healeys at autox.team.net" <healeys at autox.team.net>
We're updating the Inspection Policies and Restoration Guidelines for the 
Austin-Healey Concours Registry and are considering changing the policies 
regarding tires to indicate that currently available 165/80R15s are the 
preferred size and style of tires, with no consideration of brand. We are 
also becoming stricter about insisting that cars presented for inspection 
must have five tires of matching size and brand that are all less than 10 
years old. We've found that the preferred tires are readily available from 
Tire Rack, Coker Tire and other sources in that size, as Pirelli 
Cinturatos, Michelin XZX, and several generic brands (such as Classic), all 
of which are safe for long-distance touring and highway cruising.

I thought I would ask if people with concerns about restorations to vintage 
appearance have any questions or suggestions to offer?

Gary Anderson
Los Altos, California


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