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Price Check: What's a really nice original RS steering wheel worth?

Guys,
Bought a car an early 911 which came with a an almost perfect original RS 380mm double leather wrapped steering wheel with the correct original turn signal cancel ring. The leather and stitching are without question factory and almost perfect for being almost 38 yrs old. I only say not perfect because the wheel has light patina.
I have seen 380mm wheels for sale which have been restored, and 380mm 914 wheels which do not have the correct cancel ring needed for the pre 74' 911 cars. These wheel go for anywhere from $350- $750. So what's a really really nice original worth? I am thinking of selling it but don't know what to ask.
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Here are some pic's. One other thing worth noting is that there are no dried out patches or scuffs. My experience has been most steering wheels with original factory leather wrap are almost always dried out at the 12:00 area because this is the area that got most of the sun and heat reflected onto it thru the windshield with the car parked and the windows shut. That is not the case with this wheel.





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Pm'd you.
I am interested.
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See how the cancel ring is drilled out and screwed? That's a 914 wheel that's been converted to 911 spec.
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Matt,
I appreciate your comment. But I disagree for a few reasons. First, I believe that you say that it's a 914 wheel because there are washers in the drill holes, but the back surface of a 914 wheel is flat so the cancel ring cannot be mounted onto the wheel properly so that the cancel ring site flush against the back of the wheel hub - unless the hub is milled in order to fit the cancel ring. As you can see in the photos though, the cancel ring sits perfectly as it should for an RS steering wheel.
Secondly, the date stamp is from 1972. The 914/6 wheels were made for the 1970 model year. The production run of 914/6's had come and gone at least a year earlier before this wheel was produced in 1972. Production for the 1973 RS began in the end of 1972 so the date stamp would match perfectly for a real RS steering wheel.
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See how the cancel ring is drilled out and screwed? That's a 914 wheel that's been converted to 911 spec.
Fine....... figure it out ..... still interested!
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Matt,
I appreciate your comment. But I disagree for a few reasons. First, I believe that you say that it's a 914 wheel because there are washers in the drill holes, but the back surface of a 914 wheel is flat so the cancel ring cannot be mounted onto the wheel properly so that the cancel ring site flush against the back of the wheel hub - unless the hub is milled in order to fit the cancel ring. As you can see in the photos though, the cancel ring sits perfectly as it should for an RS steering wheel.
Secondly, the date stamp is from 1972. The 914/6 wheels were made for the 1970 model year. The production run of 914/6's had come and gone at least a year earlier before this wheel was produced in 1972. Production for the 1973 RS began in the end of 1972 so the date stamp would match perfectly for a real RS steering wheel.
914 Steering Wheels - RoadGlue.com Forums
The 914 experts disagree with you. My '73 2.0 914 has that exact same part number and a pro-date that's 1 month different. Here's what the wheel would have looked like before it was modified for 911 fitment(post7):
914World.com - A Porsche 914 Community / Forum / Club

If you search around here on Pelican a bit you can find a couple of threads documenting how the conversion to the 911 cancel ring is done.

It's still a very nice wheel and I have sold several of them to Europe for $300-400.
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Garth - Matt is correct - 805.11 is a leather-rimmed 914/4 (& '72 914/6 which used the 914 column) wheel ... this type was never Factory-fitted to 2.7RS models.

All 380mm wheels fitted to 2.7RS models had a flat area where the retaining nut sat - not the recessed type like on your wheel (seen on all '72-on 380mm wheels).

It's still a nice wheel though ...
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Matt,
Checked out your links but since I am not a member of Roadglue (great name), I could not see the pic;s. I did get to see the photo link to the wheel on 914world and saw that the 914 wheel posted with the same part number came without the sunken hub, so it seems you are right after all. My apologies for taking issue with you. Also, appreciate your feedback as well Andy.
Macroni, appreciate your offer and I will think about it. I am not quite ready to sell at this stage. Although I prefer my Momo {protipo on my current 70T coupe, I like the look and feel of the 380mm double wrapped wheel on the early targas. I keep saying that I am done with the older 911's after I sell the current one (I just bought a 95' 993 coupe), I have said that before and always ended up buying another. And finding nice original wheels like these (despite it being a 914 wheel) is rare. In any event, Macroni, I will let you know what I decide to do.
Thanks for the comments and info...
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I will let you know what I decide to do.
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Great, It looks like a nice wheel......
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My apologies for taking issue with you. Also, appreciate your feedback as well Andy.
No worries. I think you can see that I offered the information in the interest of accuracy and not to say,"you're wrong!" or anything like that. Some of this old stuff is tricky. Go look for threads where guys are arguing and debating the casting numbers, diameters, part numbers and whatnot for "real" 911R magnesium intake manifolds that go between the heads and the carbs. A lot of this obscure stuff is a bit challenging to decipher and get right.
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