Classics Monthly - - Classic Kit -

If you’ve tried to buy a pe­riod-look­ing tyre re­cently in the once-pop­u­lar 185/70 14-inch flavour then you’ll know that there hasn’t been a suit­able fit­ment on the mar­ket for a while.

This has now been rec­ti­fied by Pirelli’s rein­tro­duc­tion of the clas­sic Cin­tu­rato CN36 in a V-rated spec­i­fi­ca­tion and avail­able from clas­sic tyre spe­cial­ist Long­stone Tyres. Back in 1968, the CN36 was one of the first of the then-new­fan­gled low pro­file tyres on the mar­ket and to­day it’s a low-pro­file al­ter­na­tive for cars like the MGB and many Alfa Romeos which orig­i­nally ran the nar­rower, taller 165R14 tyre. The 185/70 is a wider tyre but of­fers the same rolling ra­dius as the orig­i­nal size. Also, be­ing de­vel­oped with a car­cass specif­i­cally suited to light­weight rear-drive cars of the ’60s and ’70s, it’s de­signed to pro­vide pro­gres­sive han­dling. Also, as Long­stone’s Dou­gal Caw­ley points out, the CN36 looks pretty cool.

You’re look­ing at £99 plus VAT per cor­ner in­clud­ing free car­riage or free fit­ting and you’ll find more de­tails at www. long­stone­ or 01302 711123.

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