155 HR 13 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 tires are available worldwide. To find your local Pirelli dealer see our Classic Tire Suppliers.

PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 - The Sports Car Tire

In the year 1952, Pirelli introduced with the revolutionary CINTURATO ™ CA67 tire. This tire not only earned its distinction as the highest-rated radial tire for speed during that era but also marked a significant milestone as the pioneering radial tire uniquely engineered for sports cars.

Before the CA67's arrival, the Michelin X held a monopoly as the sole radial tire, prioritizing durability over traction enhancement. In contrast, Pirelli's CINTURATO™ CA67 marked a pivotal shift, elevating radial tire technology to new heights.




Early PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 Advertisement

The tire size 155/80 R13 78H indicates:

  • The tire width is 155mm at its widest point (not just the tread width).
  • The height of the tire sidewall is 80% of 155mm.
  • The tire has a load rating of 78, which means that each tire can carry up to 425 kgs in weight.
  • The tire is rated H, which means it has been successfully driven for 1 hour at a speed of 130 mph / 210 km/h in test conditions.
  • The R indicates that the tire has a radial design.
  • 13 means this tire can only be fitted onto a 13” wheel.


The defining trait of the CA67 was its smoothly contoured shoulders, a design element that thwarted abrupt grip loss and promoted a more gradual handling experience around corners. This distinctive handling characteristic of the CA67 quickly won favour among esteemed automobile manufacturers, professional racing drivers, and rally enthusiasts.

During the 1950s and 1960s, prestigious European sports car manufacturers like Morgan, MG, Ferrari, Maserati, ISO, and Alfa Romeo chose to use the PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 on their vehicles. For instance, if one bought an Aston Martin DB4, which originally had 600 H 16 Avon Turbospeed crossply tires, and wished to switch to radial tires, Aston Martin officially recommended the PIRELLI 185 VR 16 CINTURATO ™ CA67. This decision was made because Avon couldn't provide radial tires suitable for these powerful cars.

Similarly, in the mid-1960s, those who purchased a Series 1 Jaguar E-Type and opted for radial tires faced speed limitations due to the inadequate Dunlop SP41 tire of that era. Consequently, Jaguar began using the 185 VR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 as their preferred radial tire, solidifying its status as the performance tire of its day, and the first choice for those aiming to attain the full potential of their cars.

PIRELLI CA67 Alfa Romeo Tires

PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 Tires For Alfa Romeo

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155 R13 Tires

155R13 tires offer a radial alternative for the replacement of crossply tires covering sizes from 5.20-13 to 5.60-13. The 155 R13 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 stands out as the ideal choice for upgrading classic vehicles that were originally equipped with crossply tires. This selection encompasses models such as the Vauxhall Victor/Chevette/Viva Estate, Triumph Herald Estate, Toledo, 1500, Vitesse, and the earlier iterations of the Ford Cortina 1500 Super and Cortina 1500GT. 155 R13 was an OE size on some classic variants, such as the post-1972 MK IV Triumph Spitfire.

The PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 for Classic Cars

One crucial and often overlooked aspect of maintaining their authenticity lies in their tires. This is where the PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 comes into play.

The Problem: Modern Tires on Classic Cars

When contemporary tires are introduced, even high-quality ones, they can compromise the car's handling, steering precision, and even the function of its suspension system. Imagine a car from the 1920s struggling with tires designed decades later; the same applies to vehicles from the 1950s and 1960s paired with 21st-century tire designs.

1982 Porsche 911 SC Targa on 155 VR13 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 N Tires

1982 Porsche 911 SC Targa


PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 for Classic Cars

Pirelli's response to this challenge is the PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 tire. Painstakingly reimagined, this tire is purpose-built to recapture the original CA67's handling and steering characteristics while incorporating modern compounds and safety features. Fitting proper period classic tires establishes a seamless connection between your classic car and its intended design, enhancing performance and safety, whilst creating the most authentic classic driving experience possible.

Classic Tires Vs. Modern Tires

In a direct comparison with contemporary tires, the CA67 shines. It outperforms modern options in terms of performance, allowing classic cars to maintain their authentic aesthetics while delivering an unparalleled driving experience. By choosing the CA67, classic car owners can enjoy the best of both worlds: historical charm and modern functionality. By choosing the CA67, classic car owners can truly embrace the past while navigating the future in the coolest way possible.

155 R 13 78H PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 Relevant Cars

Car Brand Car Models
Alfa Romeo Alfasud
Audi 80
Austin Allegro, Maestro, Maxi, Metropolitan
Austin Healey Sprite
Autobianchi A111, Primula
Bond Equipe 2 litre, Equipe GT 2-2
DAF Marathon
DKW Junior
Elva Courier
Fiat 1100, 124, 1500, 850
Ford Cortina, Escort, Taunus
Hillman Avenger, Hunter
Humber Sceptre
Lotus 7, Elan, Europa
Matra Bagheera
Mazda 323
MG Midget
Morris Marina
Opel Kadett GTE
Renault 15/17, 18
Simca 1100 TI
Singer Gazelle
Standard Ten
Sunbeam Alpine, Rapier
Talbot Alpine, Avenger, Samba, Sunbeam Lotus
Toyota Corolla, Corona
Triumph 1300, 1500, Dolomite, GT6, Herald, Spitfire, Toledo, Vitesse
Vauxhall Astra, Cavalier, Chevette, Firenza, Victor, Viva
Volkswagen Golf, Scirocco
Volvo 66, 340

155/80 R 13 78H PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CA67 Tire Details

LOAD INDEX 78 = 425 kgs
SPEED RATING H = 130 mph / 210 km/h
INNERTUBES Michelin 13D13
RIM WIDTH 4.0" 4.5" 5.5"