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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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Very early Momo steering wheels and more recent ones. It reminded me that people have repeatedly wondered what the sometimes cryptic engravings on the Momo steering wheels mean (if at all) or what years the steering wheels are coming from, where no production years have been engraved.
Well, most interestingly, there is no official information about this. And since the company Momo has gone through several hands, there is also no sufficient information there. All there is is little hints here and there, advertisements that reveal something, posters of car races.
At the very beginning, we speak of the years 1964 and 1965, even before the official founding of Momo (as a short form of Moretti Monza), the steering wheels had engravings on two of the spokes on the back. On the left spoke “HAND MADE IN ITALY”, on the right spoke “MOD. DEPARTMENT 12707” has been engraved. 12707 was a patent that Moretti had filed. There are no further records. However, in addition to this 12707 variant, there are at least two other variants out there.
Hand Made in Italy
Mod. Dep. N° 12707
In 1966, steering wheels had the word Momo on them for the first time. In the period 1966 to 1967, however, there were three variants of engravings on the back. First one showed “12707 MOMO Made in Italy”, second was “MOMO”, third one was “PAT. MOMO ITALY “. Although all of these engravings are from these period, it is not clear when exactly Momo used which one for which wheel.
MOMO engraving 1966-1967
PAT. MOMO ITALY engraving 1966-1967
stacked MOMO engraving 1968-1973
MADE IN ITALY, 1974-1976
The later ones of the above mentioned period had “MADE IN ITALY” and underneath again a mystic number – “M20340”. Again, a number for a patent specification.
MADE IN ITALY, M20340, 1974-1976
MADE IN ITALY, 6-79
MADE IN ITALY, 2-80
As previously stated, after Momo has gone through several hands, the engraving slightly changed to this day as well as the typo. And they’ve added the leading zero to the month (mm-yy).