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Looking for a classic car tyre?

Blackcircles.com stocks a great range of tyres suitable for classic cars from several leading brands.

What is a classic car tyre?

Classic car tyres are tyres that are still in production and suitable for vehicles which have been made between the late 1920s and early 1980s

Different Types of Classic Car Tyres

There are four types of classic car tyre; Beaded Edge tyres, Wired-on Tyres, Cross-ply Tyres and Radial Tyres.

Beaded Edge Tyres – mostly found on vintage European cars – have large ridges of hard rubber round the tyre that were designed to hook to the wheel’s rim.

Wire-on tyres are similar to the previous Beaded edge tyres, with the key difference being that wire-on tyres had a wire within the beads in order to stop it from stretching and ensuring it won’t come off the wheel.

Cross-Ply tyres were designed with ‘superimposed layers of textile cord running at alternate angles from bead-to-bead’, meaning that the sidewall and tread became one rigid structure.

Radial Tyres are created with ‘ply cords that radiate at a 90 degree angle from the wheel rim’ which enable better vertical flexibility while maximising the amount of contact with the road and ensuring better handling.

Tyres made for fitment of classic cars typically meet the F.I.V.A. definition of a classic car:

• Minimum of 30 years old
• Not intended for daily transport use
• Conserved in a historically accurate condition

The size of a tyre is printed onto the side of the tyre – on the area known as the sidewall. When looking for the size, you will see that it is made up of a series of numbers and letters.

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Popular Classic Car Tyres

We know that it is important to choose the right tyre for your classic or vintage car vehicle.
To ensure that there is a choice for all types of motorists Blackcircles.com stocks a vast array of different classic car tyres.

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Here are a selection of their favourite classic car tyres.

Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2

Developed and Tuned for Sport Compacts the Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2 delivers outstanding street performance in wet and dry conditions and superb steering response.

  • // Superb steering response.
  • // Outstanding street performance in wet and dry conditions.
Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2

BF Goodrich Radial T/A (Raised White Lettering)

The BF Goodrich Radial T/A (Raised White Lettering) Car Tyres are Car Tyres that come in 20 different variants. The Radial T/A (Raised White Lettering) model comes in a variety of rim sizes ranging from 14 to 15 inch. The BF Goodrich Radial T/A (Raised White Lettering) Car Tyres are exempt from tyre labelling. Buy your tyres online today.

  • // The BF Goodrich Radial T/A (Raised White Lettering) are Car Tyres that come in 20 different variants.
  • // The Radial T/A (Raised White Lettering) model comes in a variety of rim sizes ranging from 14 to 15 inch.
  • // Most popular size ordered - 275/60 R15
BF Goodrich Radial TA Raised White Lettering

Michelin XZX

Michelin's XZX is a classic car tyre produced in the 1970s to offer good overall performance in a variety of weather conditions.

  • // Good water dispersal
  • // Strong traction and control on slippery surfaces
  • // Most popular size ordered - 165/80 R15
Michelin XZX

Michelin XWX

Michelin's XWX is a classic tyre produced to provide high performance for classic sports cars.

  • // High levels of performance
  • // Exceptional road handling and strong grip
  • // Most popular size ordered - 225/70 R15
Michelin XWX

Classic Cars: Frequently Asked Questions

What is a classic car?

A classic car is typically a vehicle that's aged, possesses unique qualities and often holds sentimental or collectible value.

When does a car become a classic?

The exact point can vary, but cars around 20 to 25 years old generally start being considered as classics.

When does a car become a classic for tax?

In the UK, cars over 40 years old are exempt from paying vehicle tax.

When does a car become a classic for insurance?

Insurance providers often consider cars over 15 to 25 years old as candidates for classic car insurance.

Are classic cars exempt from ULEZ?

Generally, cars built before 1973 are exempt from Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) charges in London.

Is a 20-year-old car a classic?

Yes, a 20-year-old car could be considered a classic by some standards.

Is a 25-year-old car a classic?

Yes, many enthusiasts and insurance companies consider cars of 25 years or older as classic vehicles.

Is it worth getting classic car insurance?

Yes, classic car insurance often provides tailored coverage and agreed value, which can be very beneficial for preserving the value of your unique vehicle.

What is classic insurance in the UK?

Classic car insurance is specialised coverage designed to protect older vehicles that hold special value or significance.