Starting to replace any of the original pieces on a classic car can be difficult but there are great aftermarket options designed to make delicate upgrades. Sometimes, the replaced parts will even increase safety, add new functionality or make the car more enjoyable to drive. With our top 10 aftermarket steering wheels guide we give you some great options for high-quality products that will fit right into the retro look of your classic car – or make a nice upgrade. There are classic wooden steering wheels, retro looks for the 60-70s American muscle car and more modern options both for an updated classic look and for the race track.
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MOMO is a well-known name in racing and was founded in 1964 by Italian race car driver Gianpiero Moretti. They started producing steering wheels, but today they also offer rims, gear knobs and other accessories for both racing cars, street and heritage vehicles. Together with Rod Emory they have just launched a special collection of Heritage 5 concept steering wheels developed for the Emory Motorsports’ Porsche 365 RSR. A favorite from the collection is the Heritage Indy Mahogany wood steering wheel. The retro-inspired design with the beautiful mahogany wood has a glossy finish, aluminum spokes and finger grooves on the backside of the wheel. This is a high-quality product with a stylish look suitable for most classic cars – and the MOMO logo will give you extra credit on the track.
2. Nardi Classic with wood and black spokes
Nardi also has its roots in Italian motorsports. Founded in 1946 by Enrico Nardi who was the first test driver at Ferrari, they specialize in classic and sports steering wheels and have been the supplier of some of the world’s top car manufacturers such as Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini. Their collection of aftermarket steering wheels include several lines specifically designed for classic cars. From the Classic Line is this gorgeous wooden steering wheel with black spokes and a black aluminum ring. Made in Italy and in 100% genuine wood, the steering wheel has a great authentic feel and will get a beautiful patina after many years of use. This is an investment that will make you smile for every drive!
3. NRG Innovations Classic Black Wood grain steering wheelX
NRG was founded in 2003 in California and has a background from the car tuning scene. They are very active in racing with both their own cars and sponsored vehicles and focus on manufacturing high-quality products that are strong enough to be used for competition. Their product line includes both interior and exterior products and for the steering wheels, they offer short hubs with quick-release that mounts in the same location as the original wheel. In addition to their modern series, they also offer vintage wood grain steering wheels and a collection of colored models. From the Colored Wood Series is this Classic Black Wood Grain Wheel with a solid spoke center in black chrome. This is the perfect choice if you want to keep the classic feel of a wooden steering wheel but prefer a more modern look with the all-black design.
4. Sparco Suede in black
Sparco was born in 1977 by a team of two young race car drivers who wanted to offer safer products. In the time, major accidents were part of the motorsport’s scene, and when FIA decided to take action, Sparco took part in revolutionizing the safety measures that we know today. Sparco has since then grown to a world-renowned name in racing and karting and they offer a wide range of products from safety equipment, clothing, performance parts and lifestyle products. The Suede steering wheel is part of the racing collection and the top-quality material ensures a good grip. The all-black model is a more subtle choice, but you can also go for a racing edition with the classic Sparco logo in yellow and the iconic yellow stripe.
5. OMP 3 Spokes Flat for off-road
OMP Racing in an Italian company founded in 1973 and a world leader in the safety equipment for race cars. Their products are used in Formula 1 and World rally Championships and their entire collection have more than 2,000 products – most of them FIA approved. Their line of steering wheels is designed to improve performance and built to last. The Back SAND 3 spokes flat steering wheel is designed for off-road cars and has a round handgrip in high-quality synthetic leather. The classic pattern of the spokes and the all-black design is a design that will fit most cars – and the yellow OMP logo adds a cool race-feel that will be recognized by motorsports fans.
6. MOMO Retro Leather
Another favorite from Italian MOMO is the Retro Steering wheel. The retro-inspired design has black top-grain leather with white stitching and silver spokes with a classic pattern. The perfect choice for many classic car models. If you want to take the steering wheel to the next level, MOMO even offers customization where you can choose everything from leather or color – or even choose to engrave your own signature.
7. Grant Challenger Steering Wheel
The Grant Company based in Texas has an automotive heritage dating back to 1922. They manufacture a complete line of custom steering wheels for the automotive aftermarket as well as racing, golf cars and utility vehicles, the marine industry, heavy-duty trucks and motorhomes. The Challenger Series features the Grant’s exclusive dual-plane spoke design. The 3-dimensional hi-tech dual-plane 4-spoke design is a strong construction with a decorative eight bolt pattern around the horn button (beneath is a three-bolt set-up). Matte black steel spokes add a cool and modern look while the black cushioned foam grip ensures good handling.
8. GT Performance Retro Leather
California-based GT Performance is a new name in the industry, but their team of experts have over 40 years of experience in aftermarket steering wheel design and manufacturing. They specialize in performance products and offer a wide range of aftermarket steering wheels from classic design and retro to pro-touring and competition. Part of the GT Retro Wheels collection is our favorite the GT3 Retro Leather steering wheel. The design is made with a Mustang style – perfect for your classic muscle car. The wheel has an extra thick leather grip with “baseball stitch” for maximum comfort and brushed finish spokes with four chamfered lightening holes. A classic steering wheel with an elegant finish.
9. Flashpower Classic Wood
Flashpower is based in Arizona and specializes in billet steering wheels for hot rods, classic cars and performance GM and Ford vehicles. The products are designed in the US and manufactured in China using top-quality aluminum with a polished or black anodized finish. They reproduce original wheels for Porsche, Jaguar, GM, Opel GT and Aston Martin but the billet and classic collections are compatible with all car brands. One of our favorites is the Flashpower Classic Wood steering wheel made for muscle car restoration. It’s made from walnut wood and has brushed stainless spokes with smooth edges. The direct mount fits on an original 6-bolts adapter.
10. Sparco Sanremo Mahogany wood
In addition to the aftermarket racing steering wheels, Sparco also offers a model with a much more classic design suitable for older vehicles. The Sanremo steering wheel has a round grip and is made of natural painted mahogany wood with aluminum rivets and three polished aluminum spokes. In the center is the recognizable Sparco-logo in white/black surrounded by 6 bolts and “Sparco” is also engraved into one of the spokes. This is a great option for the racing enthusiast who wants a classy and high-quality steering wheel to maintain a retro look.
After selecting your favorite steering wheel, don’t forget to also get a steering wheel adapter (boss kit) to ensure a smooth installation. Good luck and ‘get out and drive’!
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