Well, I went shopping for tires last night for the first time in many years for one of my XJSes. I wanted to replace the (factory original?) Goodyear Eagle GTs on Superblue. Of course, apparently neither the Eagles are still made, and, as for Pirelli, they either no longer make passenger tires or very limited ones. The Pirelli P600s are something like $300+ apiece.
Checking the discount tire chain’s website, it pulled up only two tires in the size needed for Superblue (P235/60R/15s) … Both of them, oddly enough, were raised white letter tires. One was the Cooper Cobra G/T, and the other the B.F. Goodrich Radial T/A, with the Coopers shown at under $100.00. Being instantly declined for their co. credit card () for some odd reason, I decided I would buy them (the Coopers) one at a time, as my budget allowed. Also, the local store had to order it a couple days in advance. However, they never called to tell me this (though they claimed they did, which is another matter), so when I showed for my appt. this afternoon the tire was not there yet. The sales rep. asked if I really wanted the Coopers, as he said they (as well as the Goodriches) were supposedly made for “classic muscle trucks” and not passenger cars. I thought that a bit odd, as i had seen posters online that reported they had put them on their muscle cars. Also, the manufacturers’ own description in the co.'s listings state that they are for the “classic muscle car look”. The salesman rolled one out (a slightly different size than mine) I guess to show me for sure that I wanted it, possibly hoping I would think it would look funny on an XJS. I still thought they would look fine.
Anyway, what do ya’ll think? Would it look odd having the Cooper Cobras on an XJS? As to any other tires, the salesman told me that the problem with the XJS fitment is that it has 15" wheels, which very few cars on the road today apparently use, being instead 16" or even 17". If I changed wheels though, then I’d have to buy a full set of wheels AND tires at the same time. The salesman looked through the wheels they have for sale, and said another problem with changing diameter wheels on the XJS is that supposedly the front hubs are a bit on the large size, which would make fitment difficult. He claimed my other option would be to stick with the 15" diameter, but, if so, I would have to go with a different width and/or aspect ratio to find tires that would fit the XJS. Of course, this would mean my having to buy an entire set of tires at the same time, since you can’t mix sizes on a car.
Is what this guy telling me true and makes sense, or is he just trying to “upsale” me? If tires are really that hard to come by for our XJSes now, maybe it’s time for me peddle Superblue.