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280sl Tires

My dentist has a beautiful 1970 280sl, red with black top and interior. It is time for new tires and he is looking for suggestions. He wants good riding tires as he does drive the car occasionally, but he is most interested in a period correct tire with a 1/2" whitewall. He currently has 205-70-14 Michelins that are 10 years old.

Any suggestions as to where to shop? And, very importantly, where not to buy.

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People often complain of not being able to find 14" tires with a speed rating high enough for the car.

I would think you should check tire rack and discount tire or any big online shop like that.

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I just purchased a set of four tires for my 300SEL from Diamond Back. Although I'm upgrading to 15" rims from a W126 with matching 15" painted hubcaps, I also wanted the period correct look of the narrow whitewall. Diamond Back makes custom whitewalls - I went with a 5/8" wide based on their recommendation for the year of the car. The tires are made by Toyo and are modern radials with a T speed rating. Prices are a bit higher than other comparable modern tires, but they are much nicer than the Hankook Optimos that I have on my 280SE. With shipping, the price should be right around $1000 for four.

Here's the link to Diamond Back: http://www.dbtires.com/2015_catalog/2015_Catalog_Hi.pdf.

Page 6 has the correct 195/75R14 size for the 280SL. Although slightly wider than the 185R14 originally spec'd on the 280SL they are essentially the same overall diameter (25.5" vs. 25.4") and should work well. Ignore the image of the wide whitewall, since you'll be asking them to create a custom width similar to the red line tire shown on page 7.

Daimond Back were very professional and the tires took about 3 weeks to finish and ship.
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original tire was a 185-14 and was not white wall.

Pagoda SL Group Technical Manual :: WheelsTires / TireSize

will explain everything you need to know about sizing. the 205/70R14 are the best current tire that fits correctly.
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Check the boys at Coker tire. They supply period correct tires with updated materials. The Vredsteins are V rated for the R107 SL, but the W113 may take a lesser tire. Size recommendation for that model was 195/70-14

www.cokertire.com

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I just bought a second set of these for my other 108. I have a set on my 4.5 which I'm very happy with. I don't really care about speed rating as I do not intend to drive faster than 75 to 80mph. I believe they are rated to 115mph. Tread life of 65000.
At around $65 each I'm happy

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Here is the place I bought them from. looks like they have them in the 205/70/14 as well.
They are very fast shipping. I got mine in a couple of days.
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The period correct size is 185/80R14. White walls were an option, code 641 "Reifen Weisswand". I just replaced old 205/70/14 Michelins on my 280SL with Uniroyal Tiger Paw AWP II 185/75R14 white wall and I'm very pleased with them. Hankook Optimo H724 185/75R14 is another option.
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Thanks for all the replies. Great information and suggestions. Rumb mentioned that the 280sl came with blackwalls, but many of the images for the cars I see have the narrow whitewalls. My friend's car had the narrow whitewalls on it when he bought it in the early 1980's and thought they were the original tires. Would any of the US imported cars been fitted with narrow whitewalls back in the late 60's and early 70's?
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Check the boys at Coker tire. They supply period correct tires with updated materials. The Vredsteins are V rated for the R107 SL, but the W113 may take a lesser tire. Size recommendation for that model was 195/70-14

www.cokertire.com
I second this notion. I almost bought a set for my '73 2002 but ultimately went with a modern Toyo because the car is driven in the rain quite frequently. I have heard the Vredstein's are great in the dry but do not have the best tread pattern or siping for use in heavy rain.
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