To call a steering wheel a memorable item on a modern car, is an unlikely occurrence. Sure, some are nicely designed. But most serve as nothing more than platform for too many buttons and a means to convey the vague essence of modern power steering tuning. There was a time though, when a steering wheel was another space for a designer to show some skill. Goodwood has taken a look back at some of history’s terrific tillers.
This list starts right where you expect it should. The Citroën DS is called out for its singular spoke design. This is a style that carried on through to other parts of the Citroën lineup. Eventually, of course, modern requirements and packaging forced a change to a more contemporary and necessary look. But for a time, Citroën hung on to its wonderful weirdness for as long as possible.
Goodwood’s list continues on to feature a mix of oddball concept steering wheels and beautiful production units. Be it a Nardi fitted to a Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, or Subaru’s excellent setup in the XT, you’ll find a bit of something for everyone here.
Head over to the Goodwood page to read a bit more about these amazing steering wheels. And find out about the one posted above. It’s from a Bertone-designed concept car built for Lamborghini. The Lamborghini Athon, which boasted a 3.0-liter V8 engine, fully independent suspension, and magnesium wheels, also had one hell of a steering wheel setup.