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Espada and Islero originality

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  1. Longstone Tyres

    Longstone Tyres Formula 3

    Feb 2, 2006
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    Hi All

    Stocks of proper tyres are currently good for you guys.

    Early cars fitted 7" rims with the 205VR15 Cinturato CN72. On the shelf

    205 VR 15 Tyres - Classic PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN72 (

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    So in 1964 when this tyre came out, it was the mutts nuts. The biggest section tyre produced that could withstand the power of the super cars of the day. fitted by the top Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin, ISO, etc and of course Lamborghini had them on the first Miura as well.

    In 1968 low profile tyres were developed, and taken up by some super cars, and cars like the Miura and Ferrari Dayton went for them, but the comfort levels would be slightly effected and the steering heavier, slower and number. of course these differences are subtle, (specially when fitting appropriate period tyres.)

    The Espada hung on for the comfrot and light handling of the 205 untill the series 3, when they fitted wider rims, but more importantly power steering was fitted as standard to cope with the effects this combination would have on the steering. At this point Lamborghini fitted 7.5" wide rims to the Espada and 215/70R15 Pirelli Cinturato CN12. Currently in stock

    215/70 VR15 Tyres - Classic PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN12 (

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    So i have heard said by a journalist mate that owned an earlier Espada that he had driven a car fitted with 215/70R15 tyres that it was more stable on motorways at cruising speed. that is possibly the case, this would be caused by being slightly lower in stance, which would of course slightly compromise ride, but i think the other thing would be that it had wider rims, which would stablise the car possibly widening the track, but certianly stablise the wider tyre.

    I think the point im getting at is that to get that improved stability at cruising speed the wider wheels are as important as the tyres, but without the power steering you might find the compromise you had from that angle were not worth it.

    It would be interesting to know what the journalists said about it back in period, weather the series 2 Espada was considered to handle better than the 3 or not.

    I think this applies to the Islero as well, they changed from 205 to 215/70VR15 CN12 as well about the same time. Did the Islero fit power steering too?

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