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WTB - Nardi Classic Wood Steering Wheel - 380mm

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Thank you Esty and Stu. The steering wheels that you have for sale on eBay look like excellent examples, but alas, they are out of my budget range. It's interesting because the larger diameter Nardi wheels (380mm & 390mm) seem to fetch at least twice as much on eBay as similar wheels in 360mm & 370mm. I suspect it has to do with supply as the larger wheels are not as plentiful. Anyway, thanks again but the search goes on...

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As if the eBay prices aren't enough to give you a mild heart attack,.....

They aren't even the original ('70's) version. The horn button is different---if that matters to you.

The hunt/search is part of the fun of owning a cult car.

Good luck with your search.

mac.

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Mac - Thanks for the consolation. Agreed, the hunt is indeed something to appreciate. And yes, the horn button is key for me. The whole thing reminds me of a kid that I went to elementary school with. He bought a shoebox full of Atari 2600 game cartridges before owning a console with which to play them. Courtesy of a Japanese seller via eBay, I now have the correct BMW horn button, but no steering wheel! One day I hope to find a Nardi wheel in 380mm or 390mm that will not break the bank.

And thank you Stu - the 360mm wheel that you found on Craigslist in Seattle is a nice example. I would probably go that route but I am trying to minimize the increased difficulty in steering effort by staying as close as possible to the OEM size wheel. My wife felt the difference when I made the change from the factory 185/70/13 steelies to 185/60/14 (E30 basketweaves) and I don't want to compound the situation by adding a dramatically smaller diameter steering wheel. She loves to drive the '02 and that makes everyone under our roof happy. Life is about balance! And that means that my search for a bargain Nardi in 380mm or 390mm continues.

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Some years ago, with a different '02, I bought a Nardi. I absolutely hated it, because it was small, and fortunately the seller accepted returns (and I returned it). I don't know what size it was, but presumably a 360 mm. It's not just hard steering when parking; the whole driving feel is compromised, I think. I love the size and feel of the stock wheels, and again I really really like my 390 mm. Yes, I spent way too much for it, but I look at it as a long term investment. It was a new Nardi, from the 70's, with the real Nardi BMW 2002 hub and horn button. Every time I drive the car, I am adding to the patina that some day will be present on the wheel, all from my use only.

There you have it. A justification in spending. I likely need counseling.

Stu.

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