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Top 3 Most Expensive Tires in the World

Thursday, April 26th 2012. | Transportation

In 2009 a British transportation museum paid a pretty penny for most expensive tires in the world. A tire is a ring-shaped covering that fits around a wheel rim to protect it and enable better vehicle performance by providing a flexible cushion that absorbs shock while keeping the wheel in close contact with the ground. The fundamental materials of modern tires are synthetic rubber, natural rubber, fabric and wire, along with other compound chemicals. Here are the top 3 most expensive tires in the world.

3. 1929 Leyland Lion bus tires – $800 each

Most Expensive Tires in the World 1929 Leyland Lion bus tires

Most Expensive Tires in the World 1929 Leyland Lion bus tires

The Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum’s premier exhibit, a 1929 Leyland Lion bus, required new tires to make it roadworthy for the museum’s 50th anniversary. The Leyland Lion is the only surviving example of its model, the other three having been scrapped after serving as transport during World War II. This particular bus was used as a snowplow until it became the museum’s first acquisition around 1954.

 

2. Michelin PAX tires for Bugatti Veyron – $9,065 each

Most Expensive Tires in the World Michelin PAX tires for Bugatti Veyron

Most Expensive Tires in the World Michelin PAX tires for Bugatti Veyron

The Michelin PAX is an automobile run-flat tire system that utilizes a special type of rim and tire to allow temporary use of a wheel if its tire is punctured. This most expensive tires provides support to the tire and its sidewall to allow emergency operation at limited speed until such time the tire can be replaced. Cars that use the system are as exotic as the Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4.

 

1. Michelin tires for Caterpillar 797 – $42,500 each

Most Expensive Tires in the World Michelin tires for Caterpillar 797

Most Expensive Tires in the World Michelin tires for Caterpillar 797

The Michelin 59/80R63 XDR tires required for the Caterpillar 797 dump trucks are a massive 13 feet tall and weigh 11,680 lbs. They are the largest tires in the world. These tires require 47 nuts to be attached to the axle. Six of these enormous tires can hold up to 1,375,000 lbs of truck and load. This is truly the most expensive tires.

 



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