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No Rear Testarossa Tires Available Anymore?!

Discussion in 'Boxers/TR/M' started by sachin, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. Veedub00

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    It took me a year to source (from USA) a set of OEM single lug 16 " wheels. It means I can keep the original MM wheels and tyres for originality. It was not a cheap option (I think 7k usd ) . I would have gone for the repo wheels (not were not around) if I had my time again as I have the originals if needed. I would guess today OEM 16 " single lug will be closer to 10 K usd. They are not available. Ferrari should put some pressure on Michelin to produce the original tyres even though it is very complex in production to make the MM as the tooling is all different and the volumes are relatively low , so costs to make are huge. But it is part of Ferrari heritage .
     
  6. Longstone Tyres

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    Ferrari asked Pirelli to make these
    https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/pirelli-collezione/p-zero/225-50yr16-pirelli-p-zero.html
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    https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/pirelli-collezione/p-zero/255-50yr16-pirelli-p-zero-asimmetrico.html
    The TRX were too obstructively expensive for such a tiny volume of sales. It would be a good few years ago that Michelin lastmade the old 280/45VR415 TRX tyres. We still list on here https://www.longstonetyres.co.uk/classic-car-tyres/ferrari/testarossa.html
    I cannot begin to tell you how few we sold. I don't think i ever managed toget into double figures in a year. In fact there were at least 2 years where i only sold 2 in 12 months. The laws about the materials and chemicals they could use in the production of tyres changed, so Michelin had to re addrress how they made them. Because it was such an obscure size they no longer had many machines that could make the 415 TRX tyres. This tyre was a massive thorn in the side for Michelin, because they did spend a lot of time money and effort into doing it and it all got scratched, because it was such a pain in the (you know what), for such dismal volume sales.
    I am a big advocate of Michelin. their build quality is exceptional, I sell loads and don't get complaints. Their inovative contribution to the automotive industry over the years is greater than most other tyre manufactures. Their contribution towards making classic tyres when no one else cared, i think these days, is unsurpassed since Dunlop dropped out. For years 205/70VR14 for the Dino was tricky except for Michelin. they do still maintain a small TRX range for the 400 and the 308, i guess they were probably the only comapny making 215/70VR15 and 205VR14 for Vintage Ferrari for years as well. Michelin have been a brilliant constant, though it is unfortunate that the 280/45-415 is lost.
    We can't really blame Michelin. The reason it stopped, is because no one bought them. (sorry to be so blunt)
     
  7. BigTex

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    Be interesting to watch those 288GTO wheels....I predict at least $8K your $10K estimate may be correct.
     
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    @BigTex The 288 GTO wheels ended up selling for $17,000. I’m happy
     
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