The Momo Moretti Steering Wheel

Tribute to Gianpiero Moretti – a timeless masterpiece by Momo

In the world of automotive enthusiasts, certain names are etched in history for their contributions to the industry. Gianpiero Moretti is one such name, renowned for his exceptional craftsmanship and passion for motorsports. Among his many remarkable creations, the Gianpiero Moretti wooden steering wheel stands out as a timeless masterpiece that combines elegance, functionality, and the spirit of racing. Let’s delve into the story behind this iconic creation and explore its significance in the realm of automotive artistry.

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Classification of the Momo Moretti steering wheel

The Momo Moretti steering wheel holds a special place in the hearts of automotive enthusiasts. While some may argue that it belongs to the Momo signature series due to its distinctive signature, I respectfully disagree. This steering wheel serves as a tribute to the highly successful series of wheels adorned with the autographs of renowned racing drivers. Gianpiero Moretti, the creator of the Moretti steering wheel, was too modest to include his own signature among those racing legends. Instead, this wheel pays homage to the series while primarily honoring Gianpiero Moretti himself. 

The Momo Moretti steering wheel boasts a timeless design and meticulous craftsmanship. Measuring approximately 39 cm (15.35 inches) and 37.5 cm (14.76 inches) in diameter, this wheel strikes a perfect balance between size and functionality. The compact dimensions ensure a comfortable grip and precise control, ideal for both racing and everyday driving. Produced in the mid-1980s, the wheel has been handcrafted from mahogany, and was available in limited quantities. 

While most of my pictures show the Moretti helmet horn button, it was not included in the package, it is a later product of Momo. The original horn button is the black one with the silver ring on the image below with the steering wheel on the original box.

Original Box of the Moretti steering wheel

Moretti wheel on the original box

Beautifuly Mahagoni Moretti steering wheel

Engraved signature of Gianpiero Moretti, center spoke

Moretti and his toy

Toy – the Porsche of course

A Tribute to Gianpiero Moretti

While the Momo signature series celebrates the achievements of famous racing drivers, the Moretti steering wheel serves as a tribute to Gianpiero Moretti himself. Its distinctive signature is not meant to symbolize his inclusion in the series but rather to honor the man who brought the Momo signature series to life. Gianpiero Moretti, being a humble individual, preferred to pay homage to his own legacy through this steering wheel rather than placing himself among the racing greats.

Handcrafted from luxurious mahogany, the Momo Moretti steering wheel embodies the highest standards of craftsmanship. The carefully selected wood exudes elegance and sophistication, while the meticulous attention to detail is evident in every curve and contour. The limited production run ensures the exclusivity and collectibility of this remarkable wheel, making it a highly sought-after item among automotive enthusiasts and collectors alike.

The Momo Moretti steering wheel stands as a timeless tribute to Gianpiero Moretti and his remarkable contributions to the automotive industry. It embodies his passion for both racing and the art of steering wheel design. By choosing mahogany, a wood known for its beauty and durability, Moretti ensured that this tribute would endure for generations to come.

Made by Momo in Italy in 1986

Detail of the beautiful spoke surface

Horn buttons for sale

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