[Healeys] Tires, redux

editorgary at aol.com editorgary at aol.com
Fri Nov 3 09:03:24 MDT 2017

Thanks; We don't see the Avon bias-ply here. All of the 165/80R15s are pretty traditional in appearance, with the branded ones (Pirelli, Michelin, and Vredesteins) preferred. I just want to get away from the argument that 185s should be fitted.



Gary Anderson
Los Altos, California



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From: josef-eckert <josef-eckert at t-online.de>
To: editorgary <editorgary at aol.com>; Healeys, Forum <Healeys at autox.team.net>
Sent: Fri, Nov 3, 2017 12:34 am
Subject: AW: Tires, redux

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 deduction.
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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