1968 Ford Shelby COBRA GT 500
Original F.I.V. WOOD Steering Wheel
Made in 1968
New Old Stock
Item # Shel-88-7-23-14
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1968 Ford Shelby COBRA GT 500
Fitted With A Safe Strong New Hub / Boss to fit
Beautiful fully-covered wooden rim with backside finger grip.
New custom Mustang adapter (Not Grant) specially manufactured with the correct height to fit perfectly
This steering wheel with hub/boss has the same height as the original steering wheel made for 1968 – 1969 Shelby COBRA GT 350 – GT 500 in order to have correct clearance for the directional lever.
The hub outer skirt top has been manufactured to fit exactly to the same size as the steering column
Original directional cancel cam.
Large horn button assembly with Ford Shelby Cobra GT500 center emblem.
The steering wheel is safe and will not have any electrical short circuit as F.I.V. had in the past.
Ready to place on your car.
F.I.V (Fabrica Italiana Volanti s.p.a.) took over the EFFPI Company at the end of 1967.
F.I.V. manufactured steering wheels for many different car manufacturers between 1967 and the end of 1968 for Fiat – Maserati – Porsche – BMW- Shelby and others.
F.I.V. used originally a similar type of adapter as GRANT. The horn button assembly and contact rings were electrically isolated through 12 small isolation rubbers. Those thin isolation rubbers placed between 12 rivets holding the adapter and horn button assembly (between the frame of the steering wheel) did not properly isolate the electrical circuit + – of the backside horn contacts to the complicated and badly developed horn button assembly. This resulted in a short circuit through the horn button, the plastic horn button center melted, the backside horn contact ring got damaged, the wiring melted in the steering column housing, and many cars caught fire from this electrical shortcut.
Unfortunately the company got into bankruptcy and closed down in 1969 due to too many law cases against them because many cars got electrical shortcuts caused by the problem described above.
The horn button assembly has safe isolated horn wiring connections
Picture below : Perfect fit on a 68 – 69 steering column
The pictures below show a damaged horn button (melted) and a damaged
backside horn contact ring caused through an electrical shortcut
on a F.I.V. Mustang Shelby old type of
horn button assembly and horn contact rings
The picture below shows an original F.I.V.
steering wheel for Mustang Shelby with the original defect adapter/horn contact rings
and horn button assembly that caused short circuits on many cars
The picture below shows the complicated defect 2 top horn contact rings
The picture below shows the adapter which was riveted on the frame
The picture below shows the 12 small isolation rubbers
placed between the center frame of the steering wheel and the 2 horn contact rings
which caused the problems as those did not correctly isolate the electrical circuit