Originally Posted by 63splitter
How many of you C1 owners out there have converted your 17" steering wheel to a smaller one? Went on a 7 hour drive this summer and couldn't walk for 2 weeks afterwards due to knee joint pain from being crammed into the C1 cockpit for all that time. Have you found the level of comfort from the extra space worth the trade for lack of originality? Just how hard is it to steer the car into parking spaces with a 15" wheel?
I installed the "Bubnik" wheel shown below in my '62. Allowed for more freedom of entry and exit as I'm 6'1" - 230lbs vs the original. Leverage in static turning was reduced slightly, but, made no difference while driving. The back side of the billet ring was machined with grips for the fingers to assist. One thing I didn't like, however, with my height, I couldn't see the speedometer on the top of the arc; therefore, had to rely on the tach to minimize speeding tickets! Good luck in your search.