Encyclopedia Hoonatica: Non-Circular Steering Wheels

Last Friday, our esteemed Mr. Emslie asked, “Non-Round Steering Wheels, Brah! or Blah?” Many of our readers cited specific cars thus equipped in their responses (amiable, informative, and entertaining—as always). Unfortunately, the hivemind didn’t produce a definitive list of every car that had something other than a perfectly circular steering wheel. So, let’s keep the irregularly shaped party going. Do us a favor and add an example to our virtual encyclopedia entry today.
The Caveats (there are always caveats):

  • Production road cars only. No customs, purpose-built race cars, or back-alley hack jobs. Otherwise we could post funny cars, dragsters, and F1 cars until the cows came home and the Interweb tubes were full.
  • It should actually have a wheel. Tillers and skid steers would be a humorous first post, but would get old quickly.
  • Motorcycles? See caveat directly above.
  • Airplanes? Oh, I should slap you for just suggesting it. There are twenty-three gazillion non-round control yokes in planes from Cessnas to military transports. We’re NOT going there today.
  • Boats or ships? [Insert Captain Picard facepalm GIF here].

Difficulty: If you go current, not to hard. Not much low-hanging fruit if you want to go vintage.
How This Works: Read the comments first and don’t post duplicates! Bonus points for adding photos.
Image Sources: LOW-RIDER’s Photobucket account, releasedatesnewcars.com (but quite likely ripped off from Car & Driver or some other legitimate site)

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34 responses to “Encyclopedia Hoonatica: Non-Circular Steering Wheels”

  1. tonyola Avatar

    1960 Plymouth

  2. engineerd Avatar

    Mk5 VW Golf R32 and GTI had just the slightest flat spot on the bottom.

  3. mdharrell Avatar

    FMR Tg500, the four-wheeled unambiguously non-motorcycle Messerschmitt-ish vehicle:

  4. The Real Number_Six Avatar
    The Real Number_Six

    1977ChevyTruck, please post your horriblawesome Ford GT Versaille again – it has a non-circular steering wheel.

      1. Vairship Avatar

        Ooh, something in that picture makes me think that the Ford GT would look awesome in an all-over wood grain…
        Beech, birch, maybe even oak!

        1. Guest Avatar

          Something like this?

        2. Guest Avatar

          Good idea!

          This looks really good, and far exceeded what I expected it to look like.

          1. Vairship Avatar

            It’s beautiful! Great photo shopping skills, Ford should really offer that!

          2. Guest Avatar

            Thanks, although I don’t know about the skills part…

            Also, I concur about Ford offering this.

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      Makes sense. “The Ferrari La Ferrari” is like saying “The Ferrari squared”.

      1. Vairship Avatar

        Take your Ferrari La Ferrari to the La Brea Tar Pits after watching a Los Angeles Angels game!

  5. Jaap Avatar

    Austin Allegro

  6. mdharrell Avatar

    Some varieties of Eshelman, including the larger Adult Sport Car, which was at least strongly implied to be street-legal in its advertising, although it’s not the one shown here with a license plate:

    1. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      The poles conducting the electricity and the big rubber bumpers aren’t pictured for some reason either.

  7. engineerd Avatar

    Audi’s S and RS cars all, if I remember correctly, have a flat bottomed girl steering wheel. Because sporty.

    1. Tanshanomi Avatar

      Jeff, you’re going to turn me into an A-M fanboi yet.

    1. Manic_King Avatar

      I have similar, only slightly non circular wheel in dd VW and every time hands meet that flat section, which is not often as you need to make U-turn or similar to reach that section, it feels strange, unnatural somehow. Seems like a very pointless feature to me.

    1. JRise Avatar

      Portrait-mode stereo also, possibly the topic for another encyclopedia-hoonatica right there!

      1. Amoore Avatar

        It’s probably the only one though, knowing Matra!

  8. mr smee Avatar
    mr smee

    Went to the car show last week and saw a lot of flat-bottomed steering wheels. But, also saw a lot where the central pivot point is moved down a bit, that seems even more common way to get thigh clearance. By contrast, the steering wheel on my Cressida is the most perfectly centred and circular of any car I’ve driven. It’s almost spooky to unwind it from lock and see nor feel nary a wobble.

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