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I managed to find a set of 15 x 7 Bundt style replicas (same design as 14" MB original alloys) for my 1989 300SL (W107). Now I want to have a real genuine 70´s style look by fitting whitewall tires.

After an hour of surfing and calling it seems like no-one makes whitewall tires in dimension 205/65-15 (std size) or 215/65-15 (std size for 560SL). Is this true?

In case there are no such tires, I thought about fitting 205/70-15. For this dimension it is not a problem to find whitewall tires. I do however have some concerns:

* Is the 7" rim to wide for 205/70?

* Overal diameter is larger than std sizes. However, according to my calculations 205/70 diameter is only +7,5mm = 0,3" larger than 215/65-15. Is this a problem?

* Seems like the tires that come in dimension 205/70-15 are not exactly high performance models. How will it affect handling? Can I still drive 200km/h (125mph) on autobahn?
 

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I did a search on www.tirerack.comAccording to the pictures, these 205/65-15 tires are w...

I did a search on www.tirerack.com
According to the pictures, these 205/65-15 tires are whitewall:
* Dunlop SP40 A/S
* General Ameri-G4S
* Uniroyal Tiger Paw NailGard

All these tires are All season. For example the Dunlop tires are rated 118mph. If you don´t drive faster than this, how is the performance compared to a higher performance tire that would normally be fitted on a SL?
 
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