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 Our tire offer for you
  We can get you all vintage and youngster tires as well as tires for American cars; tires for cars from the first half of the 20th century (ballon and bead tires) as well as tires from the second half of the century (diagonal and TRX-tires). Sometimes we even have tires on stock that are not produced anymore or newly produced by other producers. We can also supply all tires of size 8" up to 16" with white (or colored) walls (see also process) of 20 millimeters or even 40 millimeters width.
  The rest of this pages gives you some general information about modern and vintage tires and their history. Furthermore you find a list of some newly produced vintage tires from Michelin at the end of this page.


History of the tire, Development of tire dimensions, Series,
Notations around the tire (bead tires, high pressured diagonal tires, diagonal tires (cross ply) with steel bead, newer diagonal tires (cross ply), older radial tires, normal tires, TRX-tires, rims, speed index, load index, Michelin vintage tires)
 
 
 In order to help us answer your requests more easily, it is helpful that you understand some of the "vocabulary" around the tire. They should help you to formulate email requests or questions.
 
  White wall and vintage tires
 
  Since Sir William Thompson produced the first tire out of rubber in 1845, the development of the "black flexible rings" was constantly carried on and ends today with the development of run flat tires (RFT).


High pressured diagonal tires with steel bead (Michelin)


PAX-system (Michelin)

  In all these years of tire evolution not only the form and profil but also the construction, mounting and the technical demand has changed. The first tires were not more than rubber rings around the rims replacing the steel rings. They were supposed to reduce noise and abrasion, and to roll off more comfortably (we are not yet talking about flexible properties). Modern low section tires are supposed to spring in, roll quietly, live long, run fast and straight ahead on even difficult underground (rain, snow, sand e.g.) and never loose the contact to the ground.


BFGoodrich Silvertown radial wide white walls


The legendary diagonal racing tire ENGLEBERT

1891-1932 Bead tires
1928-1940 Diagonal tires (cross ply) with steel bead
1940-1968 Diagonal (balloon) tires
1946- Radial (balloon) tires
1970- low section radial tires
1973-1987 TRX radial tires
1983- Super low section radial tires
1997- CTS radial tires (from Continental)
1998- PAX radial tires (from Michelin)


Firestone diagonal tire with small and wide white wall ring


BF Goodrich Silvertown diagonal tire with white ring

  Some of the older tires were soon out of delivery. So tables of possible alternative dimensions were made, which showed tires with same outer and inner diameter but different series. These tables served as orientation; the freewheel of the new tire dimension had to be checked in every case, especially in deflection and releting of the front tires.


Diagonal tire STOP and SDS from Michelin


Michelin's diagonal tire with steel bead (til 1940) DR (Double Rivet, left) and SCSS (Super Comfort Stop S, right)

83-series before 1964
83-series from '65 til '72
82-series from 1970 on
alpha numeric 78-series
75-series from 1982 on
70-series from 1983 on
5.90-13
6.00-13
165-13
A78-13
165/75 R 13
175/70 R 13
6.40-13
6.50-13
185-13
B78-13
185/75 R 13
195/70 R 13
5.90-14
6.45-14
165-14
B78-14
165/75 R 14
175/70 R 14
6.50-14
6.95-14
185-14
C78-14
185/75 R 14
195/70 R 14
7.50-14
7.75-14
195-14
F78-14
195/75 R 14
205/70 R 14
8.00-14
8.25-14
205-14
G78-14
205/75 R 14
215/70 R 14
8.50-14
8.55-14
215-14
H78-14
215/75 R 14
225/70 R 14
5.90-15
6.00-15
165-15
A78-15
165/75 R 15
175/70 R 15
6.40-15
7.35-15
185-15
E78-15
185/75 R 15
195/70 R 15
6.70-15
7.75-15
195-15
F78-15
205/75 R 15
215/70 R 15
7.10-15
8.25-15
205-15
G78-15
215/75 R 15
225/70 R 15
7.60-15
8.55-15
215-15
H78-15
225/75 R 15
235/70 R 15
8.20-15
9.00-15
235-15
L78-15
235/75 R 15
255/70 R 15


Coker-Classics with wide white wall or small red line


Michelin tire for bead rims: "Carpe" before 1914 (top left), RU after 1918 (top right), "Trèfle" after 1920 (bottom left) and DR after 1924 (bottom right)

  All these tires were produced according to the particular fashion with black side wall, with white letters, with white wall and black letters or with black wall and one or two white or red rings.

 
Cars radial tire of the 80-series from Michelin (top and right typ X (1946) and XAS (1965), bottom X TRA (1966) and ZX (1968))


Car radial tire of the 80-series from Michelin (top XWX and XVS, bottom XZX and MX)


Radial tire in low section from Michelin (MXV (1982) and MXW (1983))

  Nowadays most of the vintage cars are provided the low section tires of the 80-, 70-, 65- oder 60-series. But these tires are normally only produced with black side walls. Only for a speed up to 160 km/h it is sometime possible to get original white wall tires out of the USA. But these tire are normally not licenced for Europe by the techical supervision authority.


Radial racing tire, TRX-series (profiles TRX HR and VR from Michelin from 1975 on)

  Therefore we have developed an own process of vulcanizing white (or red, green, blue) raw rubber on almost every tire.
  In principle we can supply you with all the mentioned tires and even have some of them on stock. If you want modern tires with vulcanized white or colored walls we produce them for you; so it may take one or two weeks before we can ship the handmade tires.


Also newly produced: The Vredestein SPRINT CLASSIC,
newest tire technology for optimal security and most modern
comfort with classical profile and stylistic, elegant Side waqll design

  If you want some information about a certain tire dimension and its price please send us an Email to mail@oldtimerreifen-moeller.de Please understand, that we can not answer all questions about availability and price for all tires at once. Some prices may change daily due to change of suppliers etc.

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  Series and other notations for vintage tires
 
Nowadays most of modern tires are low section radial tires. But there were (and there are) a number of series, which not only differ in styling, construction, and road behavior but also in the way the tires are mounted on the rim.
  The first tires were beaded edge tires, which were enforced with diagonally running textile cord layers. They were pressed forcefully into the curved rim flange by the high pressure of the tube. 4 to 5 bar were not unusual. But a sudden damage (a peaked stone e.g.) could easily lead to an explosion - as comparison: modern tires do not explode anymore if you hit a nail, they loose their air slowly.


high pressure and low pressure beaded edge tires (until 1925)

  Around 1923 rubber rings were developed that can be mounted inside and between the tire beads which made low pressures of "only" 2,5 bar possible. But their mounting was complicated, so after few years tires were developed to production stage that had bead cores of textile cord rings. These diagonal tires had beads that looked almost like those of modern tires.


Construction of diagonal tires with bead cores (without belt)

  In the middle of the 1930s tires were introduced that had - in addition to the cord plies - steel plies in the belt. They were first applied on trucks (because of the higher loading capacity), later also for passenger cars (for better form stability at high speed). The bias belted tire was born.
  But bias (or diagonal) tires have the disadvantage that the outer diameter increases due to the centrifugal force at higher speed. Furthermore diagonal tires tend to deform when not used for a longer time. Only after driving a while they become round again.


Comparison bias belted tires    --    radial (belted) tires

  Finally in the 1950s the first tires with radial ply carcasses were developed. With them the principle of separation of function of the tire flank and the tread is applied. The flank has to be flexible and springy and sustain high temperatures; the tread has to be form stable, resistant to nail punches, and low in abrasion. Also the development went from the flat base rim and the multi-piece rim towards the drop-center rim (at least on the passenger car sector).


Principle of separation of function of flank and tread:
for diagonal tires no separation (at stress deformation of the
contact area); for radial tires separation (Deflection only at in the flank)

  All these tires have a ratio of height to width of 100% (beaded edge tires) to 80% (diagonal or bias beaded edge tires and the first radial (ply) tires). But the development of ever faster cars accompanied by an anlargement of brake systems led to ratios of 70%, 65% and 60%. Nowadays ratios of even 30% or 25% are produced because of increasing demand of the sports look (tuning) of cars in the last 10 years. But technically speaking tires of 45% or less do not follow the principle of separation of function any more!
  Especially in the last years the development of tires has not been linear. In the middle of the 1970s tire producers developed the TRX series with a perfect co-ordination between tires and rims so that deflection and placement were optimized.


Comparison of strain distribution when loaded:
left normal radial tire, right TRX tire

  The newest developments are the CTS system from Continental which prevents the spinning of the tire on the rim (the bead together with the rim changes its shape when truned around; it topples slidely towards the inside and the outside at each revolution) and the PAX or RFT system which allows driving in an almost normal way without interior pressure due to a puncture. But all of these systems are still in a state of testing because most of them demand other mounting techniques and machines (and more time) than normal tires. Only the RFT system (Run Flat Tires) seems to be almost accepted; it allows the omission of the spare wheel (so more space for car designers, less car weight and so less fuel consumption).

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  Notations for (vintage) wheels
 
  In order to respond to your questions quickly and correctly we have put together the most current definitions of the series for you. They should help you to respond to questions to complete your email inquiries.
 
     1150 x 65
 
  Beaded edge tires with 1150 mm tire diameter and 65 mm width (since 1895)
 
     34 x 4
  High pressured diagonal (or bias) tire with 34 inch outer diameter, 4 inch height of the tire from the rim to the tread (meaning 34-4-4=26 inch rim diameter).
 
     4.50 x 20
  Diagonal (or bias) tire with bead core, 4.50 inch tire width and 20 inch rim diameter (since 1920)
 
     6.40 - 15
  Diagonal (or bias) tire with 6.40 inch tire width, 13 inch rim diameter and - (the dash) for diagonal.
 
 
     155 HR 13
  Radial (or radial ply) tire with 155 mm tire width, 13 inch rim diameter, R for radial, H for high speed up to 210 km/h (since 1950)
 
     125 R 400
  125 mm wide radial Tire (R) with 400 mm rim diameter.
 
     185/70 VR 13
  Radial tire (because of R) with 185 mm width, 70-serie (ratio of height to width, that is from rim to tread is 70% of the width), 13 inch rim diameter, V for very high speed up to 240 km/h.
 
     205/55 ZR 16 W
  High speed radial tire (historical notation ZR for speeds of more than 240 km/h) with super low section, 205 mm width, 55% ration of width/height, 16 inch rim, speed up to 270 km/h (speed index W).
 
     195/60 R 15 88H TL
  For this example of a tire dimension the numbers have the following meaning: 195 is the width of the tire in millimeters. /60 stands for the 60s serie; the tire has the height of 60% of the width from the rim to the profil which are 117mm. R means radial where as - would mean diagonal contruction. 15 is the inner diameter of the tire or the outer diameter of the rim in inches. 88 is the load index (=LI) and states how many weight the tire can carry (LI=70 335kg; 80 450kg; 88 560kg; 90 600kg; 100 800kg...; see below). H stands for the speed index - here the maximal velocity of 210 km/h. Q means 160km/h, T 190km/h and so on (see below). After that normally the name of the profil follows. At last TL stands for tubeless (or TT for tubetype).
Dimensions of tires for trucks have a C between rim-diameter and the load index and the additional notation 8 P.R. or 6 P.R. or similar (=ply rating). The higher the number the more the tire can carry. An intermediate type of tires are reinforced tires for light trucks or heavy personal cars; they carry a "Rf" instead of the C.
 
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    240/60 R 415 15 89H TRX TL
  This dimension belongs to a TRX tire. Again the first number is the width of the tire (ending here with a zero where as the width of normal tires end with a five) in millimeters, /60 is the height in procent, R means radial. Only the inner diameter is different and measured in millimeters, too. The rest is equal. It is important that TRX tires can only be mounted on TRX rims and normal tires on normal rims.

 
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    6 1/2 J x 15 ET47 (5x120x72,5)
  This exemplary rim dimension means: 6 1/2 inches rim width, J is the type of the inner rim form, x stands for a rim with lower part, and 15 is the diameter in inches. ET is the rim shift of the middle plain the the rim to the rim bearing (where the rim is fixed) and is measured in millimeters (here 47mm); it means that the rim is pressed 47mm towards the car. Truck rims normally have negative ET and are puled outwards (so it is possible to use twin tires on the back axis. The last number stand for the middles wholes: 5 whole-rim, distants between them is 120mm, the middle whole has 72,5mm diameter. TRX-rims have diameters in millimeter instead of inches (415 i.e.).
 
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Speed index SI
 

Index
V max in km/h
 
Index
V max in km/h
 
Index
V max in km/h
 
Index
V max in km/h
A1
5
 
B
50
 
L
120
 
U
200
A2
10
 
C
60
 
M
130
 
H
210
A3
15
 
D
65
 
N
140
 
V
240
A4
20
 
E
70
 
P
150
 
W
270
A5
25
 
F
80
 
Q
160
 
Y
300
A6
30
 
G
90
 
R
170
 
 
 
A7
35
 
J
100
 
S
180
 
 
 
A8
40
 
K
110
 
T
190
 
 
 
The old speed indices Z or ZR mean more than 240 km/h.
 
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Load index LI
 
Index
max kg
 
Index
max kg
 
Index
max kg
 
Index
max kg
 
Index
max kg
 
Index
max kg
 
Index
max kg
0
45
 
30
106
 
60
250
 
90
600
 
120
1400
 
150
3350
 
180
8000
1
46,2
 
31
109
 
61
257
 
91
615
 
121
1450
 
151
3450
 
181
8250
2
47,5
 
32
112
 
62
265
 
92
630
 
122
1500
 
152
3550
 
182
8500
3
48,7
 
33
115
 
63
272
 
93
650
 
123
1550
 
153
3650
 
183
8750
4
50
 
34
118
 
64
280
 
94
670
 
124
1600
 
154
3750
 
184
9000
5
51,5
 
35
121
 
65
290
 
95
690
 
125
1650
 
155
3875
 
185
9250
6
53
 
36
125
 
66
300
 
96
710
 
126
1700
 
156
4000
 
186
9500
7
54,5
 
37
128
 
67
307
 
97
730
 
127
1750
 
157
4125
 
187
9750
8
56
 
38
132
 
68
315
 
98
750
 
128
1800
 
158
4250
 
188
10000
9
58
 
39
136
 
69
325
 
99
775
 
129
1850
 
159
4375
 
189
10300
10
60
 
40
140
 
70
335
 
100
800
 
130
1900
 
160
4500
 
190
10600
11
61,5
 
41
145
 
71
345
 
101
825
 
131
1950
 
161
4625
 
191
10900
12
63
 
42
150
 
72
355
 
102
850
 
132
2000
 
162
4750
 
192
11200
13
65
 
43
155
 
73
365
 
103
875
 
133
2060
 
163
4875
 
193
11500
14
67
 
44
160
 
74
375
 
104
900
 
134
2120
 
164
5000
 
194
11800
15
69
 
45
165
 
75
387
 
105
925
 
135
2180
 
165
5150
 
195
12150
16
71
 
46
170
 
76
400
 
106
950
 
136
2240
 
166
5300
 
196
12500
17
73
 
47
175
 
77
412
 
107
975
 
137
2300
 
167
5450
 
197
12850
18
75
 
48
180
 
78
425
 
108
1000
 
138
2360
 
168
5600
 
198
13200
19
77,5
 
49
185
 
79
437
 
109
1030
 
139
2430
 
169
5800
 
199
13600
20
80
 
50
190
 
80
450
 
110
1060
 
140
2500
 
170
6000
 
200
14000
21
82,5
 
51
195
 
81
462
 
111
1090
 
141
2575
 
171
6150
 
201
14500
22
85
 
52
200
 
82
475
 
112
1120
 
142
2650
 
172
6300
 
202
15000
23
87,5
 
53
206
 
83
487
 
113
1150
 
143
2725
 
173
6500
 
203
15500
24
90
 
54
212
 
84
500
 
114
1180
 
144
2800
 
174
6700
 
204
16000
25
92,5
 
55
218
 
85
515
 
115
1215
 
145
2900
 
175
6900
 
205
16500
26
95
 
56
224
 
86
530
 
116
1250
 
146
3000
 
176
7100
 
206
17000
27
97,5
 
57
230
 
87
545
 
117
1285
 
147
3075
 
177
7300
 
207
17500
28
100
 
58
236
 
88
560
 
118
1320
 
148
3150
 
178
7500
 
208
18000
29
103
 
59
243
 
89
580
 
119
1360
 
149
3250
 
179
7750
 
209
18500

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Michelin vintage tires
 

Finally! After a long time Michelin has desided to produce some vintage tire dimensions again. So we can deliver them to in black or with white wall:
X  ZX  XZX
 
145 R 12 MX 72S TL  
155/70 R 12 MXL 73S TL  
6.40 (7.00) SR 13 87S ZX TT  
7.25 R 13 90S X TT  
125 R 15 68S X TL  
125 R 15 68S X TL complete wheel for 2CV (mounted,with air)  
135 SR 15 72S ZX TL  
135 R 15 72S ZX TL complete wheel for 2CV (mounted,with air)  
135 R 15 M+S 72S X 89 TL  
135 R 15 M+S 72S X 89 TL complete wheel for 2CV (mounted,with air)  
145 SR 15 78S XZX TL  
165 SR 15 86S XZX TL  
125 R 400 69S X TT  
135 R 400 73S X TT  
145 R 400 79S X TT  
155 R 400 83S X TT  
165 R 400 87S X TT  
185 R 400 91S X TT  
185 R 16 92S X TT  
5.50 R 16 (175 R 16 84H) X TT  
6.00 - 16 (185 R 16 88W) PILOTE X TT  
17 R 400 103/102M XCA TT  
   
XAS  XVS  MXV
 
165 HR 13 82H XAS TT  
165 HR 14 84H XAS TT  
185 R 14 90H MXV-P TL  
155 HR 15 82H XAS TT  
165 HR 15 86H XAS TT  
180 HR 15 89H XAS TT  
185 HR 15 93H XVS-P TL  
235/70 HR 15 101H XVS TL  
   
XDX  XWX
 
185/70 VR 13 86V XDX TL  
205/70 VR 13 91V XDX TL  
205 VR 14 89W XWX TL  
205/70 VR 14 89W XWX TL  
215/70 VR 14 92W XWX TL  
185/70 VR 15 89V XWX TL  
205/70 VR 15 90W XWX TL  
215/70 VR 15 90W XWX TL  
225/70 VR 15 92W XWX TL  
255/45 VR 15 93W MXW TL  
225/50 ZR 16 92Y PILOT SPORT TL  
255/50 ZR 16 100Y PILOT SPORT TL  
   
TRX
 
190/55 VR 340 81V TRX TL  
170/65 R 365 82H TRX AS TL  
200/55 VR 365 92V TRX TL  
190/65 HR 390 89H TRX TL  
200/60 VR 390 90V TRX TL  
210/55 VR 390 91V TRX TL  
220/55 VR 390 88W TRX TL  
240/55 VR 390 89W TRX TL  
240/45 ZR 415 94W TRX GT TL  
240/55 VR 415 94W TRX TL  
280/45 VR 415 91Y TRX TL  
   
Diagonalreifen
 
5.50/6.00 - 17 Super Confort Stop S  
130/140 - 40 Super Confort Sport S  
150/160 - 40 Super Confort Sport S  
6.50/7.00 - 17 Double Rivet  
4.75/5.25 - 18 Double Rivet  
5.50 - 18 Double Rivet  
6.00/6.50 - 18 Double Rivet  
4.00/4.50 - 19 Double Rivet  
4.75/5.00 - 19 Double Rivet  
5.25/6.00 - 19 Double Rivet  
6.50/7.00 - 20 Double Rivet  
5.50/6.00 - 21 Double Rivet  
7.00 - 21 Double Rivet  
12 - 45 Double Rivet  
13 - 45 Double Rivet  
14 - 45 Double Rivet  
15/16 - 45 Double Rivet ______

 

  All information without guarantee. Please ask via email (
mailto:mail@moeller-reifenservice.de) for prices, other sizes/dimensions and other manufacturer. We will answer you as soon as possible.
 
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