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.

One day I got an email from a guy who asked a few questions about a steering wheel. He was wondering whether the wheel is original or not and as old as he thought it is. 

pre-Momo Montecarlo from 1964

pre-Momo Montecarlo from 1964

pre-Momo Montecarlo from 1964 - side

pre-Momo Montecarlo with beautiful patina

Well, I get these kind of mails all the time and I really enjoy talking about wheels, especially when it comes to details about the history of a particular wheel.

So read the story and the history of that wheel first and that already sounded exciting. And then I had a look at the pictures and was quite surprised. Third or fourth time that I saw a wheel like that – and I mean pictures. Indeed, it looked like a pre-Momo Montecarlo, 380mm in diameter, from 1964. A few mails later I took the chance to buy it. 

This pre-Momo Montecarlo Steering Wheel was once owned by Herbert Müller, a Swiss racing driver. The previous owner got it as a gift in the late 70s from Herbert Müllers brother. 

In the Mid 60s, Herbert Müller had to take over the Ferrari, AC Cobra and Lamborghini car dealership from his dad, who died in 1964. 

Unfortunately, it is not known whether he used it in one of his race cars or in a Ferrari, AC Cobra or Lamborghini that belonged to the dealership. However, a nice little story that came with that very special steering wheel, some say the holy grail of all steering wheels.

pre-Momo Montecarlo from 1964 - Montecarlo logo

beautifully designed scripted M

pre-Momo Montecarlo from 1964 - back

back of the wheel

Apparently, this pre-Momo Montecarlo Steering Wheel is the first model of steering wheels made by Moretti for sale to the general public. However, it was made before the Momo company was even founded.

All steering wheel made my Moretti before founding Momo had these engravings on the back of the spokes.

pre-Momo Montecarlo from 1964 - Hand Made in Italy

Left spoke – Hand Made in Italy

pre-Momo Montecarlo from 1964 - Mod. Dep. N° 12707

Right spoke – Mod. Dep. N° 12707

Try to remember that these wheels were hand made, so it’s needless to say that they are quite rare. 

It’s made from Anticorodal, that’s an aluminium alloy of Swiss origin. It contains 0.6% magnesium, 1.0% silicon and the rest is aluminium.

It has a diameter of 380mm and was available in black as well. Back then it came with a beautiful horn button with the same scripted M but unfortunately, that one got lost over the years.

Facts about the pre-Momo Montecarlo Steering Wheel from 1964

  • Manufacturer: Gianpiero Moretti (before he founded Momo)
  • Model: Montecarlo
  • Production year: 1964
  • Diameter: 380mm
  • Thickness: 24mm
  • Material: brown leather
  • Color: silver (was available in black as well)
  • Shape: flat