[Healeys] Tires, redux

Perry healeyguy at aol.com
Fri Nov 3 13:29:27 MDT 2017

I think you have jumped to a conclusion based on the information presented.  Gary did only mention the radial tire option which most of this thread was about. I would be very surprised if the concours guideline suggests radial tires over non radial tires as almost the entire range of Austin Healey’s were shipped from the factory with Bias-Ply tires.  

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From: Oudesluys
Sent: Friday, November 3, 2017 1:43 PM
To: healeys at autox.team.net
Subject: Re: [Healeys] Tires, redux

Very strange. 
So the original tyre size 590/15 (cross ply) is not preferred and will lead to a points reduction? These X-plies are still available new. 
Also any proper fitting radial tyre with the same diameter should be accepted although points can arguably be deducted as none of the cars were originally fitted with radial tyres except for the later series where they would at least have been an option if not original fitment.
It is however a good idea to impose a limit for the date of manufacture because of safety. 
Because it is not always easy or practical to get (fake?) Cinturato's or XZX's, thread pattern or brand should not have an influence. In most cases these sizes would have a more or less classic looking thread pattern anyway.
Kees Oudesluijs

Op 2-11-2017 om 22:24 schreef editorgary at aol.com:
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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