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MGA Mahogany Rim - as original with correct hub / boss and correct square neck bolts - $695
This is a very accurate replica of the wood rimmed steering wheel offered by the factory as an optional upgrade. The wheels were originally made by Bluemel's. The wheel pictured is the earlier type mahogany rim. I also offer the later beech rim version. Please visit the galleries for additional pictures. This wheel uses special square neck, flat head bolts for the hub fixing. The wheel comes complete and fully assembled. Center cap not included; use your own original cap.
MGA Beech Rim - as original with correct hub / boss and correct square neck bolts - $650
This is a very accurate replica of the wood rimmed steering wheel offered by the factory as an optional upgrade. The wheels were originally made by Bluemel's. The wheel pictured is the later type beech rim. I also offer the earlier mahogany rim version. Please visit the galleries for additional pictures. This wheel uses special square neck, flat head bolts for the hub fixing. The wheel comes complete and fully assembled. Center cap not included; use your own original cap.
100M - 16" replica as original - $405
This steering wheel was the last of the factory wood rimmed wheels produced specifically for the big Healey. It was offered as an option for the 100. The spoke design is essentially the earlier Coker designed Le Mans (see Le Mans blog) with an increased flare where the spoke joins the wood. All rims for this wheel were produced and applied by Coventry Timber Bending. The rims were beech, constructed with the bent spiral (aka barrel wound) method. The rims all had six rivets to help secure the wood. They originally came complete with non-adjustable bosses and were secured by rivets. These wheels are very rare today as are the other genuine Healey factory wood steering wheels.
For the complete history, please read the blogs for the other wheels, starting with 100S, then Le Mans.
100S - 16" with early style segmented rim - $445
About the time the original factory prepared 100S race cars were being prepared. Donald Healey asked Gerry Coker to design a couple of steering wheels. Mr. Healey, known to have a frugal side to him, thought they might save some money by making their own wood rimmed steering wheels. Roger Menadue and an assistant were given the job of producing the metal frames and applying the wood. Mr. Coker went about the design of two 16" wheels, one with drilled spokes, one slotted. They were both to be covered by six separate solid wood pieces per side. The wood would be secured by a total of 24 rivets. The drilled spoke wheels were to become standard on the 100S production cars. Some relatively small number of these drilled spoke wheels were made in the shop before Menadue tired of the work and the wood rims were outsourced to Coventry Timber Bending, a producer of wood rims for Jaguar and others. At that time the rim style also changed, making these solid wood segmented wheels quite rare.
Follow the story by visiting my blogs for the later 100S, Le Mans, and 100M steering wheels.
100S - 16" with later style bent spiral rim - $405
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.
Follow the story by visiting my blogs for the earlier 100S, Le Mans, and 100M steering wheels.
Le Mans 16" segmented rim as original - $445
This steering wheel is the second spoke design created by Gerry Coker. The rim was produced in the same method as the first 100S wheels, with solid wood segments and 24 rivets. All of these wheels were made in the shop by Roger Menadue and an assistant. There were very few produced. I have witnessed only three; one on Mr. Healey's personal Austin-Healey coupe; one on NOJ 393, the factory 100S involved in the tragic crash at Le Mans in 1955; and the first production 100S off the line.
This spoke was later modified by increasing the flare where the spoke meets the wood rim, was covered by a bent spiral beech rim by Coventry Timber Bending, and was offered as an option on 100 series cars. Please see my 100M blog for more on that wheel.
Follow the story by visiting my blogs for the 100S and 100M steering wheels.
Sprite Falcon Le Mans replica 15.5" with hub / boss - $555*
Slotted Derring Style Spoke - $375
Available in 15" and 15.5".
Seagull Thin Slot 120° Spoke 16.5" - $405 or $445 with ebony inlay
Porsche Thin Slot (Nardi replica) 420mm - $445 or $405 without ebony inlay
Sprite / Midget - Les Leston style 15.5" with correct hub / boss - $525*