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COLLECTOR’S TYRES: PIRELLI AND THE CINTURATO FOR THE MINI COOPER

Two very different but complementary spirits inspire the Pirelli Collezione line. These tyres have been created to offer the vintage car market tyres that perfectly satisfy the historical criteria demanded by the most attentive and passionate collectors. To do so, they combine the original look and driving dynamics for historic cars with the most advanced technologies, to ensure top performance and ever-greater safety.

Since the 1950s, Pirelli has greatly expanded its range of tyres, making them increasingly specialised for different types of vehicles and different seasons, and for particular road conditions, speeds and loads. Hundreds of plates were made from the 1950s to the 1970s for each type of tyre, to advertise them and make them instantly recognisable: photographs touched up with ink and airbrush picked out the shapes and lines of the treads on advertisements, price lists, and catalogues.

Today, more than seventy years later, those plates – together with the original product specifications and other technical documentation now in our Historical Archive – are used to reproduce Pirelli tyres that are historically precise. This has led to the creation of new versions of the iconic Stella Bianca and the Stelvio, as well as the Cinturato models from the 1960s, through to the most recent, but already “historic” lines: the super-low-profile P7 and P5 ordered by Jaguar, or the P Zero Rosso from the early 2000s created for Porsche.

Our partnerships with leading car manufacturers are interactive relationships that date back many years and still continue today. One example among many is the remaking of the Cinturato tyre for the various versions of the BMW Mini. Today’s compounds and technologies, which have been used for the creation of the Pirelli Collezione line, ensure reliability and high levels of safety. They also maintain the original style, which has been recreated by using pictures and designs made available by the Pirelli Foundation. This has led to the return of a great icon of the 1960s, with the certification not only of the previous Cinturato 367F and P3, but also the special homologation of the Eufori@ Run Flat, a tyre that is synonymous with reliability on the road, capable of travelling for 150 kilometres at a 80 km/h even when totally flat. And there are lots more projects in the pipeline, all with a common aim: to bring the past into the present and take it into the future.

Two very different but complementary spirits inspire the Pirelli Collezione line. These tyres have been created to offer the vintage car market tyres that perfectly satisfy the historical criteria demanded by the most attentive and passionate collectors. To do so, they combine the original look and driving dynamics for historic cars with the most advanced technologies, to ensure top performance and ever-greater safety.

Since the 1950s, Pirelli has greatly expanded its range of tyres, making them increasingly specialised for different types of vehicles and different seasons, and for particular road conditions, speeds and loads. Hundreds of plates were made from the 1950s to the 1970s for each type of tyre, to advertise them and make them instantly recognisable: photographs touched up with ink and airbrush picked out the shapes and lines of the treads on advertisements, price lists, and catalogues.

Today, more than seventy years later, those plates – together with the original product specifications and other technical documentation now in our Historical Archive – are used to reproduce Pirelli tyres that are historically precise. This has led to the creation of new versions of the iconic Stella Bianca and the Stelvio, as well as the Cinturato models from the 1960s, through to the most recent, but already “historic” lines: the super-low-profile P7 and P5 ordered by Jaguar, or the P Zero Rosso from the early 2000s created for Porsche.

Our partnerships with leading car manufacturers are interactive relationships that date back many years and still continue today. One example among many is the remaking of the Cinturato tyre for the various versions of the BMW Mini. Today’s compounds and technologies, which have been used for the creation of the Pirelli Collezione line, ensure reliability and high levels of safety. They also maintain the original style, which has been recreated by using pictures and designs made available by the Pirelli Foundation. This has led to the return of a great icon of the 1960s, with the certification not only of the previous Cinturato 367F and P3, but also the special homologation of the Eufori@ Run Flat, a tyre that is synonymous with reliability on the road, capable of travelling for 150 kilometres at a 80 km/h even when totally flat. And there are lots more projects in the pipeline, all with a common aim: to bring the past into the present and take it into the future.

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