What type & size of tires to use / what fits? / "best" tire?

356 Porsche-related discussions and questions.
Post Reply
Jeffrey Vogel
356 Fan
Posts: 65
Joined: Wed Mar 26, 2008 7:17 am
Location: Bridgehampton NY

Re: What type & size of tires to use / what fits? / "best" tire?

#421 Post by Jeffrey Vogel » Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:19 am

not wanting to start a flame war, my current mechanic worked at McCreay tires in the 1990's .They manufactured the tires for Coker and others, The "Michelins" that Coker sells are made from a licensed mold , NO other Michelin outlet will provide the 165R15 vintage tires, it's all done via Coker. IMO their standards are not the same as MIchelin itself. My guy was on production floor so it's really from the horses mouth, a Michelin rep perhaps was referring to current line of tires alone

Edwin Ek
356 Fan
Posts: 1861
Joined: Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:16 am
Location: Santa Monica, CA

Re: What type & size of tires to use / what fits? / "best" tire?

#422 Post by Edwin Ek » Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:14 am

I just now spoke to a sales representative at Coker Tire. He confirmed what I thought: Michelin makes all the Michelin tires Coker sells, including the XZX.

I suppose the Michelin representative I spoke to at the Laguna Seca racetrack and the Coker sales representative could both be misinformed or dissembling, but that seems improbable.

Jeffrey, you can give a call to Coker or Michelin yourself, if you are unconvinced and care to pursue it.

There are a lot of dealers here in the US which sell XZX tires. Coker appears to have exclusive distribution rights for the vintage tires.

michael a fabacher
356 Fan
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:52 pm

1961 356b tire recommendations

#423 Post by michael a fabacher » Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:17 am

need suggestions on best tires for 356b...thank you

User avatar
George Hussey
356 Fan
Posts: 242
Joined: Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:22 pm
Location: atlanta georgia

Re: 1961 356b tire recommendations

#424 Post by George Hussey » Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:55 am

George Hussey

User avatar
Bruce Smith
356 Fan
Posts: 633
Joined: Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:47 am
Location: Rochester, NY

Re: 1961 356b tire recommendations

#425 Post by Bruce Smith » Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:10 am

There are a whole lot of previous posts on this, even a 29 page Sticky: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=27101 . Also, here's an article you can find under the Resources tab: https://porsche356registry.org/article/162 .

'60 356B (Ivory cab)
'63 356B (Ruby Red coupe)
'67 912 (Rally car)
'68 912 (Golden Green)
'70 911T (Bahia Red)
'14 911-50th (GTS)
'18 Beck 550 Spyder (356C motor)
'62 Austin Mini (850 stock)

Dick Weiss
356 Fan
Posts: 3096
Joined: Sun Apr 20, 2008 12:54 am

Re: 1961 356b tire recommendations

#426 Post by Dick Weiss » Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:27 am

The Michelin XAS 165 x 15 H-rated tire is excessive fo r our 356s, but the XZX S-rated tire may be more pricey the last time I heard. Of course, other tires are available.

User avatar
Steve Turino
356 Fan
Posts: 65
Joined: Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:45 pm
Location: Rogues Island

Re: 1961 356b tire recommendations

#427 Post by Steve Turino » Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:40 pm

I went with Vredestein Sprint Classics from Tire Rack. $120 each. 165x15
1961 T5 Super Coupe
2013 Boxster S

User avatar
Thomas Sottile
356 Fan
Posts: 940
Joined: Wed Mar 26, 2008 3:02 pm
Location: Stamford CT

Re: 1961 356b tire recommendations

#428 Post by Thomas Sottile » Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:57 pm

I have used many brand tires in the 30 years I have owned my 64 and honestly most tires I put on the car performed well. I have used top of the line to bottom. I now have Vredestein Sprint Classics on one set of wheels and goodyear on the other. I use 165 and 70 with nothing bigger.

User avatar
Greg Frick
356 Fan
Posts: 36
Joined: Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:31 am

Re: What type & size of tires to use / what fits? / "best" tire?

#429 Post by Greg Frick » Wed May 22, 2019 3:44 pm

I have run 195/15 Goodyear Eagles for at least 30 years on my '63 356B coupe and had never heard of Vredestein before reading this thread.
But I tried them and just picked up the car from the shop.
What a stunning difference the correct size tire makes!
There is no vagueness in the steering any more, the car corners like it is glued to the road and the tires are quiet.
It is amazing what one can learn about a car owned for 52 years.

Peter Smit
356 Fan
Posts: 7
Joined: Mon Sep 07, 2015 2:23 am

Re: What type & size of tires to use / what fits? / "best" tire?

#430 Post by Peter Smit » Sat May 25, 2019 11:34 am

Have new Michelin 165R15 here in Holland on standard 4.5J rims, '61 356B. They replaced the 20 year old Michelin 165SR15 tyres which had 3k kms on them. First (subjective) impression: sudden jerks at the steering wheel makes the car throw its rear more than with the old tyres. Other differences: new ones made in Serbia, old ones made in France. Could be running in issues but next time I'm going for the Vredesteins as on my '59 Beetle, the new ones I got last week were made in Holland btw. That said, the 25 year old Michelin 155SR15 tyres on the Beetle gave me a shock with an emergency brake at low speed - the car just wouldn't stop skidding. Lesson learned: renew your tyres in time even when the profile still looks good or the old ones look more authentic.
Were are you engine #700267 ?

Post Reply