Firebird89

1942-1948 Chevy Steering Wheel Horn Ring Why so rare?

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Hey there Antique Auto Lovers,

 

I've got a 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 Chevrolet steering wheel horn ring up for grabs on eBay. Check it out at my store Calvin's Corner Store or search for username Carnuts256 if you're interested. $155 starting auction with no reserve!

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Probably rare since there is such an expanse of plastic exposed to the sun.

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Considering that plastic is relatively inexpensive,

and Chevrolets are popular, I can't see why someone

hasn't reproduced this before.  

 

Aren't reproductions available? 

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Repro's are available,  last I knew.  This is the accessory banjo wheel horn ring, thus the desirability.  With the damage I wouldn't think it would go alot higher.  I think the repro horn rings were around 450.  I've seen complete recast wheels in the 1200 range with all the horn parts.  Some for more. 

I had one in my 48 Fleetline aerosedan.  It was missing the horn ring assembly,  but fortunately I found what  I thought was a core until I cleaned it up and polished the plastic.  I did have to find a horn button though and that cost me around 150.00 for either an NOS or a repro.  I'm still not sure which it was.  I was happy to get it though as it really completed the wheel nicely.   

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Auburnseeker,

 

What do you mean by "the accessory banjo wheel horn ring"? Was it something that had to be special ordered when purchasing the automobile from the dealership? Thanks for responses so far. Appreciate it!

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There was a standard wheel, cast in black plastic, painted brown.  That had a horn ring as well but was very plain in comparison to this accessory wheel which was cast in that ivory or bone color, had stainless bango spokes,  then this clear plastic horn ring which you could see the spokes through.  So the accessory wheel was available from your dealer and would have been purchased as such once you bought the car. 

Here are the 2 wheels Image result for 1948 chevy steering wheelImage result for 1948 chevy steering wheel  The accessory wheel shown first even has the accessory GM box. 

There may have been another even cheaper wheel with just a horn button like this one.  Image result for 1948 chevy steering wheel

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7 hours ago, Firebird89 said:

Auburnseeker,

 

What do you mean by "the accessory banjo wheel horn ring"? Was it something that had to be special ordered when purchasing the automobile from the dealership? Thanks for responses so far. Appreciate it!

Yes you would order this wheel out of the GM accessory catalog. Then the dealer would install it for you. Chevrolet had dozens of accessories for this series. Umbrella holders, hat holders, steering wheels, reversing lamps, outside temperature gauge, tool kits, car care kits, Wisk Brooms, there are lots of interesting things you could buy to equip your car.

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That is really interesting. Thank you both Brass is Best and Auburnseeker. I am currently going through antique cars and trucks in the "junk yard" so if anyone is looking for parts, please let me know and I'll check if we've got them.

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