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what's the value of an original steering wheel 65 Riv (blue)

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Hi folks
I want to sell my original steering wheel. The condition is very good (no cracks) and in my opinion it looks great. I have someone who is interested but I have no clue how much I can ask for... Want to give a fair price for it.
Does anybody knows how much I can ask?

Thanks!

 

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Off topic, but are your vent windows power? And if so, did you make them that way, because the switch is in a position where the handle would normally be.

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Yep off topic but who cares :lol: 
Yes it was power windows but it wasn't original... Had also some trouble with the motor and also with the gear, so I changed it back to a normal handle.

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Perfect wheel to a perfect stranger = $400. US minimum.

 

Are you upgrading to the deluxe wheel? 

 

 

 

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9 minutes ago, PWB said:

Perfect wheel to a perfect stranger = $400. US minimum.

 

Are you upgrading to the deluxe wheel? 

 

 

 

Thanks Paul!

Right, I change it to the GS wooden wheel... I had the great opportunity to get one for a good price and upgraded it with the horn bars from Rick Rawls. Looks awesome! :D

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Upgrading - a very contagious disease. 

 

I hope we get well soon.

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Gorgeous! Congratulations.

 

This wheel does not fit my '67.

 

A knife in the heart.

 

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5 hours ago, PWB said:

Gorgeous! Congratulations.

 

This wheel does not fit my '67.

 

A knife in the heart.

 

 

Oh, I'm sorry for that! I'm sure you will find the right one - some day! ;-) 

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                       I wouldn't sell that blue wheel for less than 800 dollars.......Virtually impossible to find one in that condition with

good unfaded color and no cracks.

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I agree with Paul, I would pay $400 to even $500 if I could find either a saddle or black one, a blue one does me no good though.

 

Winston is probably right too though, they are pretty hard to find in that condition in any color pretty much.

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Thank you guys for these very useful infos! I very appreciate!
I guess, I will start at 450$ and see how the reactions will be...

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2 hours ago, Rivman said:

I agree with Paul, I would pay $400 to even $500 if I could find either a saddle or black one, a blue one does me no good though.

 

Winston is probably right too though, they are pretty hard to find in that condition in any color pretty much.

Randall,

  Which car do you want a black steering wheel for?

  Tom

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Hi folks
Thanks again for your help in this issue, I could sell my steering wheel for 400$ ...it goes to Australia.
I think the price is OK (even though I think it could have been a bit more, I'm quite satisfied with it).
Greez,

Schmiddy

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23 hours ago, 1965rivgs said:

Randall,

  Which car do you want a black steering wheel for?

  Tom

For the GS.

 

I am guessing it is not actually black is why you are asking?

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43 minutes ago, Rivman said:

For the GS.

 

I am guessing it is not actually black is why you are asking?

Yes, it is charcoal grey. I didnt want you to spend $800 (???) on a black one only to find out it doesnt match!

  Tom

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13 hours ago, 1965rivgs said:

Yes, it is charcoal grey. I didnt want you to spend $800 (???) on a black one only to find out it doesnt match!

  Tom

Copy that, I guess I should have said an "almost black" steering wheel. Probably even less likely to find one of those in that condition too.

 

Thanks as always for the clarification.

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On ‎10‎/‎20‎/‎2017 at 4:12 AM, Schmiddy said:

Hi folks
Thanks again for your help in this issue, I could sell my steering wheel for 400$ ...it goes to Australia.
I think the price is OK (even though I think it could have been a bit more, I'm quite satisfied with it).
Greez,

Schmiddy

Congrats on the sale, it sounds like someone got a great deal on a very nice steering wheel!

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$400 is a fair price. Maybe it was worth a little more like $500 but not much IMO. For $900, Quality Restorations will rebuild your old wheel from the metal frame up so the materials are new. An original wheel is 50+ years old and it would be a bummer to pay $800 for one that is crack free only to have it inevitably crack. Then you have a $100 wheel.

 

Personally, I'm getting the JB Weld out and fixing my cracks.    

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The problem with the restored steering wheel is that it is no longer original.  For a purist with a really nice

original interior, Schmiddy's wheel was the holy grail of blue 65 Riv wheels. Frankly, I've not seen another blue one like

that in the last 25 years. I hope the guy who is buying it has a car worthy of it. If I had a nice babied car with blue original interior and a bad wheel I would have

gladly paid 900 for that one and wouldn't have blinked twice. The blue ones were the first ones to fail...they are usually faded out and covered with cracks.

Schmiddy, the guy owes you a couple of steak dinners to go along with the 400 dollars. 

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4 hours ago, Seafoam65 said:

The problem with the restored steering wheel is that it is no longer original.  For a purist with a really nice

original interior, Schmiddy's wheel was the holy grail of blue 65 Riv wheels. Frankly, I've not seen another blue one like

that in the last 25 years. I hope the guy who is buying it has a car worthy of it. If I had a nice babied car with blue original interior and a bad wheel I would have

gladly paid 900 for that one and wouldn't have blinked twice. The blue ones were the first ones to fail...they are usually faded out and covered with cracks.

Schmiddy, the guy owes you a couple of steak dinners to go along with the 400 dollars. 

 

Seafoam65, I'm vegetarian.

 

No, of course not... just kidding ;-)


Yes, I know the wheel in this condition is quite rare (why I asked for the price I could earn), but the guy who got it seems to be "a very enthusiastic good one"... so I've no problem with a "small price" and its a good feeling to make someone happy!

I got myself also some priceless infos or cool and cheap parts from Riviera guys, for example here in that forum or on some Facebook groups... I see it this way: I just give something back in the "Riviera-Community"... These cars must stay alive - and in best possible condition!

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  This thread is interesting to me for several reasons... I have a low mileage Riv (38K) with the blue interior and there is a crack in the steering wheel at a visible location so a crack free blue wheel would be an improvement I would like to make. As I examined the flaw in the steering wheel I wondered whether the crack is part of the fabric which makes this car truly original or is it a flaw which needs to be eliminated?  If I change the wheel to another from a different car is it then "original"? How about if I change the brake pedal pad?  How about the driver`s side armrest? Or if I massage the body alignment issues that I see on most untouched original cars? How about if I find seats from another low mileage Riv that are better than mine and swap them ( this is not as crazy as it seems as a few months ago there was a `65 Riv on Ebay which I knew had typical midwest rust but an interior which was significantly better than mine. Ironically I had a chance to buy this car at a discount price at the Buick Nationals but only saw pics of the exterior and it never occurred to me to use it "for parts"). I guess the question becomes "what is the definition of original ". I see the use of the term to describe cars which have been thoroughly "massaged" mechanically and cosmetically. At what point is a car not original?

  Regarding a standard steering wheel and its value, at what point would it make more sense to upgrade to a wood wheel as Schmiddy is doing? At $800 or $900 one is firmly in wood wheel territory. Would it make more sense to upgrade to the optional wheel? Faced with these two alternatives what is the difference which wheel is "original" as one is changing out the real original wheel anyway? I payed $250 for a beautiful black wheel at the BCA Nationals and felt that perhaps I payed too much...maybe not? The opinions expressed re the value of a standard plastic wheel are surprising to me. I was under the impression there are services that will repair cracks in a steering wheel with JB weld or something similar and repaint to any color for a couple of hundred dollars? Maybe not? 

  Tom Mooney 

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Great observations and views. As stated above a pro-resto on a wheel rises to several hundred dollars.

The scariest thing about old plastics/resins is a perfect old piece now can crack tomorrow.

My personal comfort level is to live with a few small cracks in these types of parts.

I'll never forget one cold winter morn' - an old (plastic) dash screamin' a rip down center at crank up.

Mine or San Andreas' fault?

 

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                 There is no way that a painted /repaired steering wheel is going to have the same appearance as an original molded colored plastic 

steering wheel, so for correctness you need a nice original steering wheel. Also, the 65 wheel has a black and chrome insert in the rim

that is made of plastic and when the wheel cracks, the insert cracks, and there is no way to repair that insert, so in my view you really

can't repair a 65 Riviera standard steering wheel . 

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