Steering Wheel Showdown

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Re: Steering Wheel Showdown

#61 Post by Richard Emerson » Wed Mar 10, 2021 8:19 pm

Here’s my 1955 Nardi; there’s a catch though: Not for a Porsche.

Any guesses?
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Re: Steering Wheel Showdown

#62 Post by bil brown » Wed Mar 10, 2021 9:07 pm

Richard......is it dated on the bottom spoke backside? What`s the diameter?
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Re: Steering Wheel Showdown

#63 Post by Richard Emerson » Wed Mar 10, 2021 10:06 pm

Bill, I don’t have access to it now so I can’t answer that.

It’s from a 300SL Gullwing. Nardi seemed to have the market back then with Aston, Ferrari, Mercedes, etc. but they al seem to look generally alike.

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Re: Steering Wheel Showdown

#64 Post by Ashley James » Thu Mar 11, 2021 7:02 am

Here’s mine and my Cocomats

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Re: Steering Wheel Showdown

#65 Post by Michael Moss » Fri Mar 12, 2021 7:49 pm

Nardi on my 64 Coupe.
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#66 Post by Greg Bryan » Fri Mar 12, 2021 8:46 pm

8) Michael - the 10K sticker on your tach - is that how much it costs to go over the red line? 8)
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Re: Steering Wheel Showdown

#67 Post by Michael Moss » Sat Mar 13, 2021 12:50 am

No a friend of mine has a 2017 GT3 his redline is 9K so I thought I’d 1 up him ! Plus I can hit that 10k redline without worrying.

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#68 Post by Greg Bryan » Sat Mar 13, 2021 2:52 am

You should of went to 11
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Re: Steering Wheel Showdown

#69 Post by Harlan Halsey » Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:17 am

Here's my '56:
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If it was good enough for Porsche, who needs wood?
On other other hand, by '59:

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420mm thin rim Nardi. (There's an excellent article by Jim Schrader, Reg V30 #2, on the flat A Nardi. Later on Nardi made a smaller diameter thick rim wheel, as did Classico Wheels.)
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Re: Steering Wheel Showdown

#70 Post by Ashley James » Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:21 am

Here’s mine with a Nandi and Cocomats. I’ve kept the original wheel.

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Re: Steering Wheel Showdown

#71 Post by Steve Hatfield » Wed Apr 14, 2021 5:20 am

As regarding my #46 shot of my period Nardi ‘Thins In’, that wheel is stamped “Made 63 Italy” on the backside middle spoke and has eleven aluminum rivets seen also from the back only. It’s springy and thin which Craig and others have favorably commented. The rivets were only present on the early sixties versions but the rim diameter and thickness prevailed during most of the early T5/6 and 911/912 years along with the famous dual contact mushroom button.
As it happens, I have another equally attractive period example available to the discerning buyer, off line (850 259 9759)
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Re: Steering Wheel Showdown

#72 Post by Dan Kalinski » Wed Sep 21, 2022 4:44 pm

Wondering if this "Nardi" wheel is the real deal. Installed on our '55 Speedster.

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Re: Steering Wheel Showdown

#73 Post by James Rowe » Wed Sep 21, 2022 5:38 pm

And a 7’k redline.,?
Harlan Halsey wrote:
Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:17 am
Here's my '56:

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If it was good enough for Porsche, who needs wood?
On other other hand, by '59:


IMG_0718 59 Carrera Nardi.jpg

420mm thin rim Nardi. (There's an excellent article by Jim Schrader, Reg V30 #2, on the flat A Nardi. Later on Nardi made a smaller diameter thick rim wheel, as did Classico Wheels.)

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Re: Steering Wheel Showdown

#74 Post by Martin Benade » Wed Sep 21, 2022 6:13 pm

Do you Nardi drivers all agree that the car feels different with that wheel?
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Re: Steering Wheel Showdown

#75 Post by Greg Bryan » Wed Sep 21, 2022 7:09 pm

I have a 15” Nardi wheel on my C cab - Nardi also made a 14” wheel which is too small in my opinion but if you’re a really big guy it may be just right.
I never liked the diameter of the original 356 wheel but it purely personal preference - I think it’s just too big - the 15” works for me, even with 5 1/2 inch wheels and 195 tires. I know some say you don’t enjoy the true 356 driving experience without the original steering wheel and tire size.
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