Pirelli jumped back into the classic tire game at the Padova Classic Car and Bike Show in Italy this week, recreating traditional bias ply tires for classic Ferraris and other vintage sheetmetal. It’s called the Stella Bianca and it was “Pirelli’s longest-lived tread pattern and the first modern tire in the Italian firm’s history, introduced in 1927.”

Provenance? The Stella Bianca’s last moment of glory was under a Ferrari at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza with the famous Alberto Ascari behind the wheel. It’s also seen duty of some of the most collectable cars then and now including the 1921 Alfa Romeo 20-30, Diatto Tipo 30, Itala 61, Lancia Lambda, OM Superba, Fiat 525SS

The new tires look identical to the original design but think about all of the advancements in tire tech since the ‘50s, besides going radial. They last longer; they’re better in the wet; they stop faster. Pirelli says it “effectively had to re-learn the techniques of the past.”

The tread pattern and sidewalls are the same. Pirelli’s Fondazione archive has all of the old documents and pictures, which the company used to recreate the classics, including the old logo. The tires are 6x16 inches, which Pirelli says is the most common size for classic sports cars.

They go on sale in January, and we'll learn about prices next month.

Source: Autoweek

October 31, 2018