Steering wheel identification!

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Steering wheel identification!

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Came across this in my storage area....think I put it in there in the early 70's....anyone have an idea as to the origin of this wheel???
Thanks
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Yes I do know what it is, it's a CARLOTTI steering wheel from the 60th.
Is it for sale ? I did restore one some time ago would love to buy it from you.

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DOWNTON Mini is what I like a lot.
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Holy crap!!! I just looked at the price for these on F BAY!!!!
To think this has been sitting in my storage are since the early 70's.....Must bring it into the house and let it enjoy a real home. :lol:
Kees....will hang onto it for now!....thanks for offering to buy it.

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:roll: But I can't pay holy crap money :roll:

Kees.
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Mini 1000 Super de Luxe Mk3 1974 for Downtoning it.
Collecting 60th wooden steeringwheels.

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What makes these Carlotti wheels so special??? I see many look-a-like wheels for a fraction of the price of a Carlotti.

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It's almost the same wheel as the Monte Les Leston
and made by the same manufacturer in the 60th.
There are no good copy wheel from it and the real
one is what you like to have in your classic Mini.
The one you have found in your garage is an lucky
find, I hope someday it will happen to me also.

Kees.
DOWNTON Mini is what I like a lot.
Mini 1000 Super de Luxe Mk3 1974 for Downtoning it.
Collecting 60th wooden steeringwheels.

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Kees...will send some pictures to your e mail address.
I have a question....a close up of the bottom spoke clearly shows the outline of a sticker...but it isn't a rectangle...or is this what happened to the sticker over the years????
Second picture shows a circular polishing as seen on the reconditioned wheels. So, is this something I can do myself???
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Thanks for the pictures, about the sticker yes could be
it's an very old wheel so yes stickers disappear.

About your other question, I really don't know if you can
do it your self. Good question for the technical topic.

Kees.
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The machine turning is quite difficult to replicate exactly like the originals, I think they must have used multi turning mandrils to get it so even ....
Coarse grade scotch pad does give a similar patern used with a drill.

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I say, keep the steering wheel as it is with all
the patina on it. Just clean the wood and the
alloy but don't try to get those rings on the spokes.

Kees.
DOWNTON Mini is what I like a lot.
Mini 1000 Super de Luxe Mk3 1974 for Downtoning it.
Collecting 60th wooden steeringwheels.

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