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Steering wheel thickness?

Started by Zimmersci, 18 June 2022, 03:21 PM


Hi there
I just bought an immaculate 1978 450SEL and have a question;
What is the thickness of the steering wheel grip? I could have sworn, or my memory serves me that it was about an inch, nicely padded. Mine seems thinner, though pliable. Could it be a repro? Am I totally wrong?  :o
Your insight will be appreciated


Welcome here :)

I think this is the first post I have seen on steering wheel thickness 8)

Best post a pic of what you have, at least if you might think it is an aftermarket wheel fitted?  Part number is 116 460 00 03, but I am pretty sure the W123 (and likely other models like 107) also shared the same wheel, for at least some of the production run.
1977 450 SEL 6.9 - Astralsilber


there is two thickness in original wheels, and its not a chrome ring/non chrome ring thing. my older wheel had a thicker wheel.  I bought a near new one and its definitely thinner, maybe 15mm or something.  I agree the older one was probably 20mm or so.  You can definitely pick it in the hand!
6.9 79 #6436
6.9 79 #6290
6.9 79 #6181
6.9 78 #4764
6.9 77 #3096
6.9 76 #1741
6.9 76 #0902
6.9 75 #0018