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    My Dino GT4 208 ( Italian spec car ) tyres I suspect are old .They have small ages cracks starting between the outer blocks .
    As usual with classics they date age first as opposed to wear out .
    They feel hard and dry .
    208,s run 185/70/14 and they need to rated to 130mph .

    Googling the dims throws up all sorts of modern tyre eg Continental contact sports .
    There are others it’s a popular size .
    How ever it’s a 70 ,s car with 70,s suspension and rims .

    Handles fine btw so not looking to fix a problem that does not exsisting handling wise .
    Suspension just been rebushed too ,so all tight and rattle free .

    Currently it’s shod with Uniroyal rally 340 ,s from I think the early naughties ? .There tread pattern seems like a 70 ,s design.

    How ever I,ve been looking @ these - the radial version and eyeballed a set at the NEC classic last month .
    They felt sticky/ soft when I squeezed the blocks ,bit like some Yokohama,s like fitted to a 911 in the 80 ,s which lasted 4000 miles of my driving back then .
    I,am quite sedate these days



    http://www.blockleytyre.com/page2.htm

    Any advice what to put on ?
    What’s other Ferrari 70,s cars using ?
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    Wouldn't you originally have had 205/70 like 308s or are you on narrower rims ? If so then the original XWX can be had (but in a newer compound I believe) - my recollection is other brands can be found much cheaper (Avon used to be popular)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jos View Post
    Wouldn't you originally have had 205/70 like 308s or are you on narrower rims ? If so then the original XWX can be had (but in a newer compound I believe) - my recollection is other brands can be found much cheaper (Avon used to be popular)
    6 1/2 inch rims , which are going for refurb hence may as well reboot .
    Thereís a sticker on the windshield that confirms the size and model of the car .
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    Interesting - maybe the slightly narrower tyre was due to the lower power - or just cost-cutting !

    (as an aside I think Blockley do not show a 195 as in your photo just 185 & 205)

    The 1976 308GT4 owners manual confirms they were supplied with 205/70 on 6 1/2 in rims so both sizes are possible
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    IMO XWXs just look right for all 308s with 14" wheels

    (but I'm biased)

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    Shouldn't the 208 GT4 be 195/70/14?

    I import tyres directly from the continent as it's often the cheapest way and access to a wider selection and have a good period-replica tyre available for both of those sizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbwoy84 View Post
    Shouldn't the 208 GT4 be 195/70/14?

    I import tyres directly from the continent as it's often the cheapest way and access to a wider selection and have a good period-replica tyre available for both of those sizes.
    Ideally yes but there is range with the 6 1/2 inch rims .
    The exsisting are 185 70 from 2003 rock hard dried out .
    Googling 195 70 14 results in a load of van tyres ,drop to 185 then the marority swings to cars .
    Itís the period looking pattern more than anything .
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    They will come back soon with the Brockleys on so weather permitting I,ll report on them .

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    Quote Originally Posted by francisn View Post
    Seems odd that a set of skinny 185,s for a 160 Hp car cost more than a set of 275,40 for a 200 mph 600 Hp car Bentley GT .
    I think Longstone are taking the Micheal for the XWX or XDX .
    Remember it’s not wear it’s aging I have never actually replaced tyres on a Ferrari due to tread depth always been aging issues .

    So I,am secretly hoping these Brockleys are soft like the Yokohama s I fitted on my 911 ( OEM Dunlop / Pirellis) and I actually wear them down before they harden and spider cracks appear between the tread blocks .
    That 86 aircoled Carrera - 911 did 20000 miles on OEM but only 3-4000 with the Yoko,s the grip difference was like night and day .And I didn’t park in in a field after going through a hedge backwards Which was the risk in those days .

    From the little driving with the GT 4 it seems very well balanced and go cart like chassis wise .
    In fact the best / fun Ferrari i,ve had .
    The Testa on TRX ,s felt unbalanced too much Kg,s behind , too light up front , to much understeer .
    The 360;power steeering kills the absolute feel and it enters a neutral none feed back zone , just corners but gives back little pleasure .Sure quick lap times for thats worth ? Sure stiff chassis and quick bit you always felt like a passenger surrounded by technology and nannies doing it all for you .
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