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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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I have not the explanation as to why it is that way, but it occurred to me several times over the years, I’ll give you some examples later. Guess it’s just a simple way to change the look of your interior. Whether you don’t like the colour or want a horn button with a car brand on it, the button is broken – whatever it is, you simply swap them. And then you lose it or throw the no longer working one away. It’s such a tiny bit, it easily disappears.
So some of these horn buttons are mass production, some are really rare pieces – due to production numbers or because they are very old and nobody really paid attention.
The Momo Logo Horn Buttons are quite common, at least the latest design. There is one that is even older, before the Momo Company was even founded: the Momo Montecarlo Horn Button. Found the pre-Momo 1964 Steering Wheel, I can only tell you how the horn button looks like. It’s black with a big silver M in the middle and Montecarlo circled around it. If you have such a button and would like to sell it – let me know!
Here are four generations of the Momo Logo Horn Button. Another one came after these ones in the 90s plus the current one. The first two Momo Horn Button generations had a chrome ring around the center push button, the later ones come with a black plastic ring.
1st generation of the Momo Logo, known as the “Stacked MOMO Logo”
2nd generation of the Momo Logo, “MOMO” in a row, still has the chrome ring
3rd generation of the Momo Logo, black plastic ring instead of chrome, known as the “Single Arrow Momo Logo”
4th generation of the Momo Logo, known as the “Double Arrow Momo Logo”
Momo Corse Horn Button, diversification of the latest Momo Logo
earchly chrome ring Momo Horn Buttons
Just like Momo produced Steering Wheels for brands like Abarth, Alpina, BMW, Ferrari, Lotus, Porsche and a few others, they also produced the matching horn buttons – and even more. Momo created Horn Buttons for other brands they didn’t produce special steering wheels for. For almost all common car brands – and they still do. Here you can see again – the early ones came with the chrome ring, the later ones with the plastic ring. These are just examples, Momo did a lot more!
early chrome ring BMW Horn Button by Momo
early and rare chrome ring Alpina Horn Button by Momo
early and rare chrome ring Porsche Horn Button by Momo
early chrome ring Abarth Horn Button
early dark red Abarth Horn Button
early chrome ring Scioneri Horn Button
Volkswagen “Wolfsburg” early chrome ring Horn Button
early British Leyland Horn Button by Momo
later type plastic ring Ferrari Horn Button by Momo
At some point, Momo started a very popular series of steering wheels, the so-called Momo Signature Series. Steering Wheels with signatures of well-known racing drivers – and they all came with a helmet horn button or a signature horn button – or both. Just a few of them, the Jackie Stewart Helmet Horn Button the Clay Regazzoni Helmet Horn Button and the Jacky Ickx Helmet Horn Button were available as the early chrome ring buttons and the later plastic types, all the others were launched after Momo changed the look of the button.
early chrome ring Momo Jackie Stewart Helmet Horn Button
later plastic ring Momo Jackie Stewart Helmet Horn Button
Momo Clay Regazzoni Helmet Horn Button
Momo Niki Lauda Helmet Horn Button
Momo Niki Lauda Signature Horn Button
Momo Mario Andretti Helmet Horn Button
Momo Ronnie Peterson Helmet Horn Button
Momo Ronnie Peterson Signature Horn Button
Momo Gilles Villeneuve Helmet Horn Button
early chrome ring Momo Jacky Ickx Helmet Horn Button
later plastic ring Momo Jacky Ickx Helmet Horn Button
Momo Jacky Ickx Signature Horn Button
For some reason, a few of these buttons are harder to find than others. The Momo Gilles Villeneuve Helmet Horn Button is super hard to find, the Momo Niki Lauda Helmet Horn Button is second, the Momo Ronnie Peterson Horn Button is third in terms of rarity – before the others.
And there were even more. It was way easier to convince Momo to produce a special horn button than a special steering wheel. Obviously, the risk of development, testing, production and sales are much higher with a steering wheel than just changing the face of a horn button. Nobody knows the exact number of different Momo Horn Buttons. Here are two more – very special examples.
for promotion only – Momo Marlboro Horn Button – racing sponsor
JPS – John Player Special – Momo designed a special steering wheel for them as well
lots of different Momo Horn Buttons
My sources inside Momo couldn’t tell me when they’ve changed the design from the early chrome ring design to the later black plastic ring design. They don’t know much about their own history anyway. I’ll do an article about that as well soon. So the only thing I can do – is guessing.
The stacked Momo Logo Horn Button is from the late 60s to early 70s. The 2nd generation horn button, which is still a chrome ring button, was right after but only for a short time before Momo introduced the single arrow Momo Logo.
The earliest Jacky Ickx and Clay Regazzoni Signature Steering Wheels are from 1974 to 1976 – they still had the chrome ring. The earliest Niki Lauda and Ronnie Peterson Steering Wheels are from the same period but didn’t come with the chrome ring. So my best guess – Momo changed the design of the horn button from chrome ring to black plastic ring in 1975. If you have better information, please let me know!