In 1927, Pirelli debuted its first modern automobile tire, developed from the lessons learned in racing. Dubbed the Stella Bianca, or White Star, the distinctive tread pattern became Pirelli’s signature, and its cross-ply design proved so advanced that the tire remained in production into the 1950s. Now, at the request of classic-car owners, Pirelli has restarted Stella Bianca manufacturing, introducing its first new cross-ply tire in more than 50 years. The compounds used reflect the best of Pirelli’s technology to guarantee efficiency, safety even in wet conditions, and respect for the environment. The construction however goes back to the past: after more than half a century, Pirelli has returned to making crossply rather than radial tyres. The tread pattern of the new Pirelli Stella Bianca is identical to that of the original, having been redesigned with the help of the Pirelli Fondazione archive, which keeps all the company’s historic documents. The sidewall markings as well as the Pirelli logo of the time are also recreated perfectly, with the development team having scrutinized the Fondazione archives closely.
Pirelli Collezione Classic TIres. in the early 50s, the world of sports cars was rocked by the introduction of the PIRELLI CINTURATO Tyres. The classic CINTURATO tyre moved boundaries forward as to what could be expected of a tyre as, until then, radial tyres had been invented during the war and patented in 1946 as a way of enhancing the longevity of a tyre. Because the tread of the tyre had separate bracing to the carcass, this allowed the sidewalls to flex, without that flex continuing on to the tread. In that the tread now remained more stably in contact with the road it did not scrub the tread away. The extra added benefit was that in that the tread did not move it also had a better hold on the road and gave considerably enhanced grip.