I figured I should start a new topic about these, since they’re so popular and there are bits of info about them scattered all over the site.
After learning that Tire Rack no longer had the 195’s in stock, I made a call to the guy @NapaPaul knows. He gave me some (semi) hopeful info. He said they generally do a run of these once a year. Used to be in January, but due to Covid, that was pushed back until May, and then again until Sept. (Probably due, in part, to the new factory bit that Carey posted in build Bruce’s thread.)
The good news: both the 195’s and 205’s are still listed in Michael’s Vredestein vendor website, with an available date of 10/1/21. He said they’re an extremely popular tire for VWs, 356s and early 911/912’s and all sorts of 70-80’s sports cars worldwide and he seriously doubts they’ll be discontinued, but they may be improved. (Sportrac 6s?)
I put a reminder in my calendar to call him 10/1.