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11 of the craziest factory steering wheels
Steering wheels have an important job to do. However, like the cars they control, steering wheels are more fun with some extra flair. Since the interior is sheltered from wind and weather, designers of the past let their imagination run wild with shape, color, texture, and style. While the array of aftermarket steering wheels is mind-boggling, we’ve focused this investigation on 11 of the craziest designs that made it to series production. The list covers more than 50 years of automotive history, but we’ll give it away now—one is the clear winner.
IIRC both GM and Chrysler used Lucite in their steering wheels just prior to WWII. They weren't clear, but usually cream-colored. It deteriorated rather quickly, requiring some sort of Pep Boys steering wheel cover to keep the disintegrating plastic from coming off on your hands as you drove.