My Car Quest

December 11, 2019

How Important Is The Steering Wheel?

by Mike – 

The driver touches the steering wheel more than anything else in the car except for the drivers seat. The driver also spends a lot of time looking through, or at, the steering wheel. Plus a great looking steering wheel can really set off the interior. So, the steering wheel is very important.

But is a steering wheel really worth $15,000 (excluding F1 race cars)? Well a seller on eBay believes that an original steering wheel from a real Ferrari 250 GTO, below, is worth that much.

Just before I posted this the eBay listing ended although it was scheduled to last for more than 20 days. Maybe someone bought it?

Ferrari 250 GTO

Ferrari 250 GTO

Ferrari 250 GTO

Here are some of my other favorite steering wheels, none are for sale as far as I know.

This is the original wheel in my Bizzarrini, although it is no longer with the car sadly for me.

Bizzarrini GT 5300

Bizzarrini GT 5300

This is a Ferrari 250GTO steering wheel still attached to the car.
Ferrari 250GTO

Arnolt Aston Martin, a work of art.

Arnolt Aston Martin

My Iso Grifo.

Iso Grifo

Iso Grifo

Intermeccanica Italia Spider, what a fantastic interior with the perfect wheel.

Intermeccanica Italia Spider

BMW Isetta – the steering wheel must be light weight because it is attached to the door and moves away from the driver when the door is opened.

BMW Isetta

Jaguar race car – in this picture I was focused on the signature of Phil Hill on the door but the steering wheel is nice too.

Jaguar

Maserati, so elegant.
Maserati

Bizzarrini P538, so purposeful.
Bizzarrini P538

Iso Grifo A3/C Sebring race car, so perfect.
Iso Grifo A3/C

The Steve McQueen Siata – imagine who held this steering wheel.
Siata

Another design for the Iso Grifo center button.

Iso Grifo

Spyker C8 Spider with the beautiful airplane propeller spokes. This means there is no airbag but none of the cars above have an airbag either.

Spyker C8

Spyker D12 Peking to Paris. I love the aluminum on this wheel, and this car has an airbag.

Spyker

All of these steering wheels really add something special to each car. The steering wheel is an important element of the art of the car.

Click on the images for a larger view.

Iso Grifo

Bizzarrini GT 5300

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Comments

  1. Vic Argento says

    I am restoring my /72 Intermeccanica Italia. I would like to replace the original wheel with a wood rimmed one. I believe it has a pattern of six screws in a circle holding the wheel to the column. I would appreciate any suggestions you may have for a replacement. Ideas about refurbishment would also be appreciated.
    Thank you,
    Vic

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