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Michelin Designs Tire For “Youngtimer” Classic Cars of the 80s and 90s

We just wrote an article about our five favorite classic cars and trucks from the 1980s.  And we aren’t the only ones admiring the cars from the decade that brought us President Reagan.  The infamous auction house Barrett-Jackson is seeing a significant uptick in interest for cars from the 80s & 90s.  The highly respected auction house RM Sotheby’s is also focusing on the 1980s with the “Youngtimer” Dream Garage series.

Well Michelin tires must have had their ear to the ground, or rather the road.  Michelin released the all-new MXV3 – A tire that was designed specifically for classic “youngtimer” saloon cars from the 1980s and 1990s.  This release is right on the heels of the new Pirelli tire collection, “Pirelli Collezione”, that is aimed at classic and vintage vehicles from the 1950s – 1970s.

We have another article we wrote about the 10 best tires for classic cars and Michelin made the list with the Michelin XZX that is meant of older vintage sports cars, but this new MXV3 – A tire is made more for the likes of a 3 Series (E30) BMW, or maybe a 2nd or 3rd generation Honda Prelude, 4th generation Mitsubishi Galant, or a slew of other sporty rides from the same decades.

Recognized for its excellent mileage performance and low noise, MXV3-A is available in two 14” V speed rated dimensions (149 mph), offering enhanced performance and safety.  The two sizes available are 195 / 60R14 86V and 195 / 65R14 89V.

Both sizes unite modern-day sportiness and comfort into a single tire.  At the same time, they also deliver what Michelin is synonymous with and that is amazing handling capabilities in both wet and dry conditions.  All of this is accomplished while keeping the look of a tire made in the 80s.

Yoshiko Suzuki, who is in charge of classic tires for Japan Michelin tires, had this to say…

“In recent years, the popularity of classic cars has tended to increase in Japan as well as overseas, and there are many requests to enjoy the original riding characteristics of the vehicle at the time, including the appearance. We believe that providing more responsive tires will give more classic car enthusiasts the fun and safety of driving.”

We are happy to see that the automotive industry is paying attention to classic car trends and reacting with modern-day technology to keep enthusiasts and their dream machines rolling safely and more efficiently down the road.

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