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Wood Steering Wheels: Stock and Aftermarket

September 26, 2010 | Research & Identification


For many 356 owners, a wood wheel adds that final classy touch to their car, and it feels great too. The factory generally only installed VDM wheels as original equipment, though Jim Shrager's research shows that starting with the B model, Les Leston wheels could also be ordered from Porsche. There were a variety of aftermarket wood steering wheels used on the 356 model, including wheels made by Nardi, Les Leston, Derrington, and others (custom wheels shown here). Click any photo for a larger image, and in some cases multiple images and close ups.

VDM, original Carrera 2
Submitted by Bruce Baker

VDM original, unrestored, Carrera 2
Submitted by Anthony P. West

VDM original Carrera 2
Submitted by Steve Terrien

VDM, late, "recreation" by Bruce Crawford
Submitted by Michael Rivkin

VDM early, original, unrestored
Submitted by Reinhold Plank

VDM, early, reproduction
By Jeff Fellman

Nardi, original, flat, 16"
Submitted by Tony Sussex

Nardi, original, 16", fat spokes, unsigned
Submitted by Bill Brown

Nardi, original dished, late Nardi
Submitted by Anthony West

Nardi, original, flat, unsigned
Submitted by Anthony West

Nardi, late
Submitted by Phil Trenholme

Nardi, custom bezel with A button
Submitted by Jeff Gamble

Les Leston, custom bezel with A button
Submitted by Steve Gurr

Les Leston, original, late, unrestored
Submitted by Ron DeFrancesco

Les Leston, late, unrestored *
Submitted by Tom Farnam

* Acquired from Indianapolis Porsche dealer, installed late '60s by original owner.

Porsche 904, restored.
Submitted by Manuel Campuzano

Derrington, early, original, unrestored, 15"
Submitted by Brett Johnson

Derrington, early, original, restored
Submitted by Freddy Rabbat

Derrington, early, original
Submitted by Galen Buisson

Derrington, early, original, unusual wrinkle black hub finish
Submitted by Erik Hoseid

Vilem B. Haan, original, restored, for A
Submitted by Anthony West

Moto Lita, reproduction, for B/C (hub by Jeffrey Fellman)
Submitted by Dan Jacob

Springall, original, unrestored, for B/C
Submitted by Rainer Schmidt

 


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3 Comments

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Robert King
June 18, 2013 at 1:10 AM
Greetings, I am attempting to replace my Les Leston steering wheel for my 1963 356 B Super 90 which was lost by a man who was providing a restoration (re-wooding) service. I would apprecaite hearing from anyone who may know of an available wheel, and/or who may be able to attribute a value to this type of wheel.<br />Thank you, Robert T. King
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Robert King
June 18, 2013 at 1:10 AM
Greetings, I am attempting to replace my Les Leston steering wheel for my 1963 356 B Super 90 which was lost by a man who was providing a restoration (re-wooding) service. I would apprecaite hearing from anyone who may know of an available wheel, and/or who may be able to attribute a value to this type of wheel.<br />Thank you, Robert T. King
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Steve Gaddy
April 27, 2014 at 12:27 PM
Robert, I recently read your post from last year when you were searching for a Les Leston wheel. Were you able to locate one and what did you learn about market price? I have had one for a long time and wondered what the market was now. Thanks, Steve sgaddy15@gmail.com