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How to Clean & Protect a Leather Steering Wheel

A Leather Steering Wheel needs care and sometimes cleaning

Quite a lot of people love old vintage Leather Steering Wheels like Momo, Abarth, Raid, Victor, Nardi, Fusina and a few others. I just recently revealed how I clean my Alcantara & Suede Steering Wheels and right after that I got tons of emails from people asking me for tipps regarding care for vintage Leather Steering Wheels. 

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How to Clean a Suede & Alcantara Steering Wheel

Your Suede or Alcantara Steering Wheel is dirty?

Thats the starting point. But what is that dirt and how to get rid of that? Well first, it’s just grease from your fingers and some general dirt. But how do I get rid of that? Well, I get this question a lot when I am at the track, lets say before and afterwards. Today I am going to shed some light on this well kept secret. No, just kidding. It’s not a secret, it’s just thinking for 5 minutes. 

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Error Stamp Momo Indy – OPSW

Another steering wheel with an interesting stamp – error

Every now and then you see something new. Truth be told, I’ve never seen something like that before. I was pretty sure it’s not a fake stamp or even a fake Momo Steering Wheel but I was just as curious as the owner what this stamp is about. 

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Push the Momo Horn Button

The Momo Logo Horn Buttons

Collecting Momo Steering Wheels always goes along with collecting the matching Momo Horn Button. At least most of us aficionados have to have the matching Momo Horn Button. For some, it’s even harder to find the button than the respective Steering Wheel.

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Incorrectly stamped Momo Jackie Stewart Steering Wheel

What is so special about this Momo Jackie Stewart Steering Wheel?

It’s probably just a collectors thing: if you look at the steering wheel, there doesn’t seem to be anything special about it. Just a normal Momo Jackie Stewart Steering Wheel.
 
Momo made them from the early 70s until the mid 80s. So we’re talking about more than 10 years and different ways of stamping. First the stacked Momo Logo, after that was “Made in Italy”, then “Made in Italy M 20340” and finally Momo started to use the production date, e.g. M-YY.
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What is patina anyway?

The future of finitude

Classic cars are like clocks, guitars, cameras, old jeans, shoes – the traces that tell from their lives make them so interesting for so many people. Patina is what results from normal use and normal aging. Leather that rubs off, dials of watches that turn yellow, paint that fades or cracks under the sun.

The classic car scene discusses enough about which originality is worth preserving and which no longer passes as patina. Simple rust from neglect is probably not one of them. But as I said, others should discuss that. This is more about what makes patina so special and what’s behind it.

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Momo Virgilio Conrero – OPSW

OPSW – Other peoples steering wheels

The other day I got an email from a fellow with questions regarding the steering wheel in the picture. His son bought the steering wheel years ago at the Porsche swap meet in Hershey, PA. His son wanted it for his 924 Turbo, his first car at the age of 16. The colour matched the wheels the 924 had at the time and basically, he thought it looks cool. It does if you ask me. And it’s not a steering wheel you see every day.

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the ultimate patipatina steering wheel guide

A steering wheel guide? Really?

Well, when I take a look at all the questions that still pop up here and there, I seem to have missed out on some steering wheel basics. I would like to make up for that today.

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Momo Gilles Villeneuve Steering Wheel

The Momo Gilles Villeneuve Signature Steering Wheel

The Momo Gilles Villeneuve Signature Steering Wheel is based on a design which Momo used for a number of steering wheels. The design has been used for a number of Volvo steering wheels, the famous Ferrari Dino steering wheel, the famous but rare Momo 5C and of course, the sister steering wheel – the Momo Jacky Ickx Steering Wheel.

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Looking for a period correct Momo steering wheel for your classic car?

Is a period correct steering wheel overrated?

Of course not! As I said numerous times, I couldn’t put a brand new steering wheel in a 40+ yr old car. Luckily, we know more about Momo then we do about Abarth for example.
 
When I bought my latest Porsche project car, first thing that came to mind was – what kind of steering wheel am I going to put into that one? Of course, I have a rather big selection to choose from so I naturally checked the ones that are from that respective period, 1974-1976 (or 1977.5 if you will). 
 
Recently I got more and more requests from people who specifically want a wheel from a specific year or let’s say model year – just like the model year of a Porsche, or at least as close as possible. For your convenience I’ve added the production year into the database so it’s a lot easier now to find a period correct Momo steering wheels for your classic car.
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A very rare 370mm Momo Signature Series Steering Wheel

Momo Niki Lauda 370mm Steering Wheel

A lot of collectors that I know started somehow with the Momo Signature Series and I am one of them. Everyone has his favourites but truth be told, I collected all of them, everything I could get and there are still boxes with steering wheels that I haven’t had the chance to open yet. This one here is a very very rare version from the famous Momo Signature Series: the Momo Niki Lauda 370mm Steering Wheel version.
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How many steering wheels do I need?

Do I need more than one steering wheel?

A very funny question, especially when a collector like me got asked. Well, the question was a little different: Why the hell do you have so many steering wheels?
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All about Momo Signature Steering Wheels

All you want to know about the Momo Signature Steering Wheel Series

Even though I’ve posted articles about a few – not all – of these Momo Signature Series Steering Wheels, I still get tons of emails with questions about the Momo Signature Steering Wheel Series. I am trying to answer at least 95% of these questions with this article.

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pre-Momo Montecarlo from 1964

Every now and then a very special comes Steering Wheel along. I wasn’t really looking for such a particular wheel, the wheel found me. And I would like to share the story with you.

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What year / How old is my Momo steering wheel?

Early Mod Department 12707 Steering Wheels

At the weekend I was finally able to spend more time at the garage. I constantly plan to clean up and catalog what I’ve got. At least start with it, but it didn’t work out – again. The first box I opened was full of steering wheels and I had to see what I got there.

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Momo Scioneri Steering Wheel

Early GT style Momo Steering Wheel

In addition to Momo’s actual product range, Momo also made special steering wheels – like the Momo Scioneri steering wheel – for car manufacturers or converted steering wheels from the actual range for car manufacturers. The most well known ones are certainly the steering wheels for Ferrari (e.g. Ferrari 308, Ferrari Testarossa and 512BB), for Lotus (Lotus Esprit Commemorative S2) or also steering wheels for Porsche, Alfa, Alpine – and of course Abarth.

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Which Momo Steering Wheel should I buy?

What is the best Momo Steering Wheel?

To be honest, there is no simple answer, but it makes sense to think about it. A steering wheel is not just a big, round thing that will be necessary until autonomous driving comes along. For our beloved classic sports cars, this horror vision will never happen.

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Martini Racing – most well-known race car sponsor

Every not-so-young car-aficionado will remember all the alcohol and tobacco sponsors that were allowed to sponsor without limitations in the 70s and 80s. If the sponsorship would have worked out the way marketing directors would have hoped, a lot of racing fans would be alcoholic. A few names will pop-up such as Rothmans Porsche, Marlboro Ferrari and of course: Martini Racing. Some might say, more people know Martini Racing than its origin – the Martini Vermouth, manufactured by Martini & Rossi since 1863 near Turin, Italy.

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Solid vs. Collapsible Momo Hub Adapters

Anyone who wants to install a non-factory sports steering wheel in their car cannot avoid buying a hub adapter for the specific vehicle type. For the newcomers – every car make has a special steering column with a specific mount for factory steering wheels. If you install a sports steering wheel – you need an adapter – called hub. The hub is mounted on the mentioned steering shaft, on top the actual steering wheel, usually with a 6-bolt screw connection.

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The Ferrari & Momo Steering Wheel Story

Ferrari Steering Wheels made by Momo

When John Surtees won the Formula 1 World Championship in a Ferrari 158 F1 in 1964, no one suspected that this connection would become the closest in Momo’s company history. Momo did not exist at that time and it wouldn’t have become what it is today without this collaboration.

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Momo Jacky Ickx Steering Wheel

The Momo Jacky Ickx Signature Steering Wheel

The Momo Jacky Ickx Signature steering wheel is also based on a very successful model from Momo. Momo used it for special variants for car manufacturers. It was the base for the Ferrari 246 Dino steering wheel and for Volvo the base for their Volvo R racing series wheels with large engraved numbers such as 552032, 552033 and 552034 on the center spoke, also known as the Momo 5C Steering Wheel which was available in several sizes.

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Momo Indy Steering Wheel

Momo Indy – Most famous Momo Wooden Rim Steering Wheel

Wooden steering wheels were very fashionable in the 1960s. In fact, the very first Momo steering wheel, which was in John Surtees 1964 World Championship Ferrari 158 F1, was a pre-production Momo wooden steering wheel. And if you compare those two, you can still see the legacy of the early wheel in todays Momo Indy. The Momo Indy was one of Momo’s very early steering wheels. The first known Momo steering wheels from the Indy series date back from 1966/1967.

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Victor Steering Wheel / Kremer Racing Porsche

The day before yesterday an instagram follower contacted me through my instagram channel  and asked questions about the different Victor Steering Wheel versions also known as the Kremer Porsche Steering Wheel aka Kremer Racing Steering Wheel. That reminded me that I wanted to do an article about that very special wheel. I browsed through my old magazines, catalogs and old ads, compared publishing dates and datas and finally compared all the information gathered with my steering wheels – or pictures of steering wheels that I’ve recently sold.

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Momo John Player Special Steering Wheel for Lotus

Very special in the history of Momo: Momo John Player Special

Not because of the “special” in the name of well-known Formula 1 sponsor and successful tobacco producer John Player Special.

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Abarth Rally Steering Wheel – A True Legend

Stand out of the Momo Prototipo crowd

The Abarth Steering Wheel has been a very popular steering wheel for a lot of classic car fans for many years. No matter if you drive a Porsche, Fiat, Lancia, Alfa Romeo or BMW. Maybe it’s still a bit under the radar, rather for connoisseurs, while everyone who considers himself and his car sporty, buys a Momo Prototipo.

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Momo Heritage Steering Wheels

Momo and its refreshed old glory

Quite a number of you guys asked questions about the current line-up of steering wheels from Momo. Actually, I can’t say much about them since I am an old school kinda guy. 

But I had a look at a special line from their product range: the Momo Heritage Series. In my opinion the most noticable line – at least if you’re into classic cars. These wheels give you the old school look, including distressed leather – and they are brand new. They even added a new horn button to the range that shows the first generation Momo Stacked Logo in a modern interpretation.

So if you love classic cars and want a new steering wheel, this line-up is made for you!

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MOMO PROTOTIPO HERITAGE BLACK

  • 350mm diameter
  • semi dish
  • black spokes
  • black leather (used optic)
  • incl. horn button

MOMO heritage steering wheel - Prototipo black with stacked logo

This is the all time classic of the Momo Steering Wheel – the Momo Prototipo. For those who like to have a new steering wheel, this combines best of two worlds – the classic look and the feel of a used looking leather.

MOMO PROTOTIPO HERITAGE SILVER

  • 350mm diameter
  • semi dish
  • silver spokes
  • black leather (used optic)
  • incl. horn button

Momo Heritage Prototipo Silver

Same same but different. Some prefer black, some prefer silver. Hard to decide sometimes. But if you drive a classic with some brushed elements on the interior, you might consider the silver version of the Heritage Momo Prototipo. Isn’t that beautiful?

MOMO INDY HERITAGE

  • 350mm diameter
  • semi dish
  • silver spokes
  • wooden rim
  • incl. horn button

MOMO heritage steering wheel - Indy wood

The Indy. Probably the most well known Momo Wooden Steering Wheel of all times. It was one of the first models Momo has ever produced. Old ones are often cracked as Wood is more exposed to Humidity and Weather Changes than Leather. Therefore – a new Momo Indy Heritage is a very good choice!

MOMO GRAND PRIX HERITAGE

  • 350mm diameter
  • semi dish
  • silver spokes
  • wooden rim
  • incl. horn button

MOMO heritage steering wheel - grand prix wood

The Grand Prix does not have such a long tradition like the Momo Prototipo or the Momo Indy. But it’s a nice looking Steering Wheel with the classic touch. Good choice as well!

MOMO CALIFORNIA HERITAGE LEATHER

  • 360mm diameter
  • semi dish
  • chrome spokes
  • black leather
  • incl. horn button

MOMO heritage steering wheel - California

And another beautiful and classic wheel – the Momo California Heritage. If you like it a little bigger, this is may be the wheel for you. 360mm diameter and semi dish.

MOMO CALIFORNIA HERITAGE WOOD

  • 360mm diameter
  • semi dish
  • chrome spokes
  • wooden rim
  • incl. horn button

MOMO heritage steering wheel - California wood

And the same with a wooden rim. The Momo California Heritage, also 360mm diameter and chrome spokes. Beautiful Steering Wheel that fits every classic car.


Victor Steering Wheel to Momo Hub Adapter

How do I install a Victor Steering Wheel?

Quite a lot of people have seen and bought some of my Victor Steering Wheels (or Kremer Porsche if you like). Those wheels became famous when Kremer Racing installed them in their 934/935/936 K2 and K3. And I got tons of emails from people asking – how do I install this steering wheel. Well, if you look at the pictures of these race cars, you will realize that they’ve just drilled holes into the steering wheel and mounted it to the hub they had in the car already. Well, you could still do it. And some people still do it – including me.

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Momo Mario Andretti Steering Wheel

The Momo Mario Andretti Signature Steering Wheel

The Momo Mario Andretti signature steering wheel is based on one of the most known Momo steering wheels: the Momo Cavallino, also known as the C35. As the Cavallino, the wheel was available in black and silver and in various sizes. 

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Momo Gritti Steering Wheel vs. Ferrari by Momo

The Momo Gritti Steering Wheel

The Momo Gritti is again one of the steering wheels of Momo with many stories, secrets and mysteries. As mentioned in previous articles, Momo developed a variety of steering wheels, which were manufactured during it’s lifespan exclusively for Momo or almost exclusively or with minor modifications exclusively for other car manufacturers.

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Momo Niki Lauda Steering Wheel

The Momo Niki Lauda Signature Steering Wheel

The Momo Niki Lauda signature steering wheel represents the characteristics of Niki Lauda probably like no other from the series. Straight and straightforward, direct, clearly focused and a good grip, which is a little thicker – similar to the Momo Jackie Stewart Steering Wheel

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Momo Clay Regazzoni Steering Wheel

The Momo Clay Regazzoni Signature Steering Wheel

The Momo Clay Regazzoni steering wheel is perhaps the most beautiful of the entire Signature series. The steering wheel is based on the Momo Prototipo S, on the other hand, it shows visual aspects of the successful model Prototipo. The shape, size and dish are identical to the Prototipo S, plus the holes of the legendary Prototipo. It was available just like the Prototipo in black and silver, but only in 350mm diameter.

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Shift knobs: stacked and decked

100% stock? Even the shift knob

Whenever I read sales ads of 40-year-old cars and that they’re 100% stock, I have to smile. Guaranteed,  there is still the first engine oil in the car, well most probably the first transmission oil, the brake fluid was never changed and of course, we don’t want to talk about new lightbulbs or even modern H4 european headlights. And even if we’re looking at so-called complete restorations all old screws and rubbers have been reused. The 40-year-old window rubbers from Arizona and Nevada cars have incorporated a softener escape barrier. Sounds crispy, right?

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Momo Ronnie Peterson Steering Wheel

The Momo Ronnie Peterson Signature Steering Wheel

Momo dedicated a beautiful steering wheel to Ronnie Peterson, which was only available in black – like his friends steering wheel, the Momo Mario Andretti. In addition to the Momo Jackie Stewart and the Momo Ronnie Peterson has a thick grip, which makes the steering wheel very popular among Momo fans. The diameter is also 350mm, it has a semi dish and is drawn by the very elegant slots look.

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Momo Jackie Stewart Steering Wheel

The Momo Jackie Stewart Signature Steering Wheel

My first real Porsche had a huge and at the same time super thin steering wheel, a Momo Monza, 380mm diameter. Many steering wheels in the 60s were like that. On the one hand, the wheels were bigger, on the other hand there was no power steering or anything like that. Imagine parallel parking with such a car. With these huge steering wheels, it was way easier and at the same time you could get a nice biceps.
The wheels got smaller, the cars lighter and there was really no reason anymore.

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