6.00-16 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA



PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA Vintage Tires


The PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA tire, introduced in 1927, marked a significant advancement in tire technology. The tire's robust construction and effective tread design made it popular for high-performance vehicles. It fitted the top models from marques including Maserati, Ferrari, and Aston Martin from the 1920s all the way to the 1950s. Very few tires maintained their top status for 20+ years, see below to discover why!

6.00-16 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA Tread Pattern

6.00-16 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA Tread Pattern


6.00-16 Vintage Tires - PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA Period Advertisement

PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA Period Advertisement


STELLA BIANCA Speed Rating and Design


This V-speed-rated crossply tire is unique in the 6.00-16 size. The 6.00-16 STELLA BIANCA has been successfully tested at sustained speeds of 149 mph for 1 hour, making it the fastest crossply (bias-ply) tire, and the crossply tire of choice for classic and vintage sports cars.

The STELLA BIANCA featured innovative design elements from the inter-war period, including a cord carcass fabric, low inflation pressure, and a straight side bead profile. The tire's tread pattern features durable trapezoidal blocks connected by strong bridges, which prevent tearing. These features ensured exceptional directional stability and strength at high speeds.



STELLA BIANCA in Classic Sports Cars and Formula One


Renowned for its reliability and performance, the Stella Bianca was widely used in prestigious sports cars and even Formula One racing. Its legacy includes use in iconic cars like the pre-1960 Ferrari 250 Series and classic British sports cars such as the Aston Martin DB4. In these cars, it replaced standard H-rated tires and notably improved their performance.

6.00-16 Tires - Ferrari 250 F back side view on 6.00-16 Pirelli PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA Tires

Ferrari 250 F on 6.00-16 Pirelli PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA Tires


6.00-16 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA  Tires

6.00-16 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA Tires


Do Crossply Tires Need Inner Tubes?


The 6.00-16 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA, unlike most crossply tires, can be run without inner tubes. However, as an older crossply tire, most of the cars fitting this tire size would have tube-type wheels. In order to run a car without inner tubes you must have tubeless wheels AND tubeless tires.

Modern wheels are often tubeless, but classic and vintage cars fitting 6.00-16 tires will likely have tube-type wheels. The ideal inner tube for the STELLA BIANCA in the 6.00-16 size is the Michelin 16F Reinforced Inner Tube.


STELLA BIANCA New Classic Tires


Pirelli, after much pressure from carmakers including Ferrari, has remade the Stella Bianca as part of its classic Collezione range. Contemporary STELLA BIANCA tires are manufactured using modern rubber compounds and safety standards, while preserving the construction methods that originally led to its success. This ensures the tire remains perfectly suited for classic and vintage cars, just as it was in the 1920s to 1950s, now with the added benefits of modern safety and advanced rubber construction techniques.

6.00-16 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA  Tires

6.00-16 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA Period Poster

PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA promotionAL sign at the 1937 Finnish Grand Prix. Some spectators can be seen watching the race from a rail car converted into temporary grandstands.

PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA promotion at the 1937 Finnish Grand Prix. Some spectators watched the race from a rail car converted into temporary grandstands.


The Best Crossply Vintage Tires?


Today, the 6.00-16 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA remains the best crossply vintage tire for classic and vintage cars. Its exceptional performance and reliability make it the top choice for enthusiasts who want to maintain the authenticity and performance of their historic vehicles. The STELLA BIANCA legacy continues as the tire remains in demand, ensuring that vintage and classic cars can perform at their best.


6.00-16 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA Lusso (Luxury) Poster

6.00-16 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA Lusso (Luxury) Poster



6.00-16 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA Relevant Cars


Car Brand Relevant Cars
Alfa Romeo 1900
Allard J2, K1, K3, L, P1, 3-Litre
Alvis TA14, TB14
Aston Martin DB2, DB2 Mk3, DB2/4, DB4
Bentley R Type, MKVI
BMW 503, 507
Bristol 400, 401, 403, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409
Daimler DB18, Consort, Special Sports
Ferrari 250, 250 Europa, GT Tour de France, GT California Spider, GT Coupe Pininfarina, 340, 375, 410, GT Boano, GT Ellena, GT Cabriolet
Jaguar XK, MKVII, MKIX, C-Type
Lagonda 2.6 Litre
Maserati 3500GT, Mistral, 300S, Sebring, 250F
Pegaso Z-102
Riley RM

6.00-16 PIRELLI STELLA BIANCA Tire Details


TIRE TYPE CROSSPLY
DIAMETER OF RIM 16" / 406 mm
ACTUAL WIDTH 165 mm / 6.4"
DIAMETER WHEN INFLATED 719 mm / 28.3"
WEIGHT 10.1 Kg
LOAD INDEX 86 = 530 Kg
SPEED RATING V = 149 mph / 240 km/h
INNERTUBES 16 F RET Michelin
RIM WIDTH N/A