This Gerry Coker designed spoke was first produced out of the Healey factory by Roger Menadue with the help of an assistant. The first steering wheels were made with solid wood segmented rims, but Menadue tired of that work and the rims were outsourced to Coventry Timber Bending. At that time the rim construction was changed to this bent spiral (or barrel wound) with six rivets. The wood was beech, a very fine grained, light colored wood when new. The rims aged to a honey golden or light brown color. These steering wheels were fitted to the vast majority of production 100S cars.
These steering wheels are rare today as are the cars they were fitted to.
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