1958-1964 Steering Wheel Identification

Posted by Denny Williams on 9/23/2013 to Tech Articles

This Tech Check article will help those of you who are looking for the correct steering wheel and horn ring combination for your Southeast Chevy (1958-1964). It includes photos and excerpts out of GM’s “Passenger Car Engineering Features” manuals. I have taken quotes out of the manuals describing the steering wheels and horn ring combinations. (Only the full-size passenger cars will be covered in this article.) In this article, the term steering wheel is referring to the painted part, not the complete assembly, which includes the horn ring and cap. In general, there are three steering wheel/horn ring sets for each year. In most cases, the two less expensive series (Bel Airs and Biscaynes) used the same steering wheel with the horn ring or horn cap being the piece that was different between the two. The and 1960 steering wheel assemblies are identical.


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1958 Steering Wheels & Horn Rings


 Impala (1700 & 1800 Series)


“The steering wheel of both Impala models resembles the competition-type. From the lower half of the rim, two perforated spokes taper to the hub for an off-center appearance. The center hub provides a further identification to the Impala models. A graceful Impala, executed in white, is centered on a satin-finished chrome background above crossed flags. The left flag features the classic fleur-de-lis in chrome centered above three bars on a red background, while the right flag features checks. Both flags are accented with a chrome border. A full circle horn ring completes the steering wheel design.” (See Photo #1.)


 Bel Air & Nomad (1700 & 1800 Series, except Impala)


“These steering wheels feature a bright- metal horn ring integral with a wide bar covering the central portion of the wheel spokes. The hub area of the bar has an insert which houses the Chevrolet trade­mark.” This steering wheel is different than the Impala wheel. The 1958 Nomad has the Bel Air steering wheel. (See Photo #2.)




 Biscayne & Brookwood (1600 &1500 Series)

“The steering wheel design is similar to that of the Bel Air Series; the bright- metal, however, is less extensive, and the insert in the hub area is enclosed in a wide bright-metal frame.” (See Photo #3.)






 Delray & Yeoman(1200 & 1100 Series)

“The dual-spoke steering wheel incorpo­rates a horn button decorated with the Chevrolet trademark inside a rectangular frame.” (See Photo #4.)




1959 Steering Wheels & Horn Rings

Impala & Nomad (1700 & 1800 Series) 

“The steering wheel on all Impala and Nomad models resembles the competi­tion type. A new half-circle horn ring, which incorporates two small horn but­tons, replaces the full-circle horn ring previously used.” (See Photo #5.)

 Bel Air, Parkwood & Kingswood (1600 & 1500 Series)


“A wide bright-metal bar covers the steering wheel spokes. Integral with the bar is a half-circle horn ring.” (See Photo #6.)


Biscayne & Brookwood (1200 & 1100 Series)


“A painted horn button cap with bright aluminum accents decorates the center of the steering wheel.” (See Photo #7.)



I960 Steering Wheels & Horn Kings


 Impala & Nomad (1700 & 1800 Series) 


“The steering wheel on all Impala and Nomad models resembles the competi­tion type. A new half-circle horn ring, which incorporates two small horn but­tons, replaces the full-circle horn ring previously used.” (See Photo #5.)


 Bel Air, Parkwood & Kingswood (1600 & 1500 Series)


“A wide bright-metal bar covers the steering wheel spokes. Integral with the bar is a half-circle horn ring.” (See Photo #6.)








 Biscayne (1400 & 1300 Series)


“A painted horn button cap with bright aluminum accents decorates the center of the steering wheel.” (See Photo #7.)


Biscayne & Brookwood (1200 & 1100 Series)


“A painted horn button cap with bright aluminum accents decorates the center of the steering wheel.” (See Photo #7.)


1961 Steering Wheels & Horn Rings

 Impala & Nomad (1700 & 1800 Series) 

“These steering wheels, with horn but­tons at the outer end of each spoke, resemble the competition type. Rims are again two-toned.” (See Photo #8.)





 Bel Air & Parkwood (1600 & 1500 Series)

“These steering wheels are of dual­spoke design, permitting an excellent view of the instruments. Spokes are capped by a chrome horn bar with horn buttons at the outer ends.” (See Photo #9.)





 Biscayne Fleetmaster (1400 & 1300 Series)


“A bright chrome horn button is used at the center of the two-spoke steering wheel.” (See Photo #10.)



Biscayne & Brookwood (1200 & 1100 Series)


“A bright chrome horn button is used at the center of the two-spoke steering wheel.” (See Photo #10.)




1962 Steering Wheels & Horn Rings


 Impala (1700 & 1800 Series)


“A chrome horn bar with horn buttons at the outer ends is deeply recessed in the dual spokes of the new Impala steering wheel. At the center of the horn bar is an emblem with the Impala figure and name. Simulated perforations in the bar continue the competition-type appear­ance of the steering wheel. The rim is, in most cases, two-toned.” (See Photo #11.)



 Bel Air (1600 & 1500 Series)

“Bel Air dual spoke steering wheels feature a recessed horn bar and colorful new hub emblem.” (See Photo #12.)




 Biscayne (1200 & 1100 Series)

“A bright chrome horn button caps the Biscayne steering wheel.” (See Photo #13.)





1963 Steering Wheels & Horn Rings

 Bel Air (1600 & 1500 Series)


“Bel Air dual spoke steering wheels feature a recessed horn bar and colorful new hub emblem.” (See Photo #12.)


Biscayne (1200 & 1100 Series)


“A bright chrome horn button caps the Biscayne steering wheel.” (See Photo #13.)




 BelAir (1600 & 1500 Series)

“New Bel Air steering wheels also feature a horn ring, the upper bar of which is executed in bright metal with black fill. A new central emblem includes series name and shield.” (See Photo #15.)






 Biscayne (1200 & 1100 Series)

“Chevrolet Biscayne” is displayed in black letters on the chrome horn button of the new Biscayne wheel. (See Photo #16.) 

I have seen some Biscaynes with steering wheels and horn rings similar to those used on the Bel Airs, but it con­tains only the shield.






1964 Steering Wheels & Horn Rings


 ImpalaSS (1300 & 1400 Series) & Impala (1700 & 1800 Series)


 “The newly styled steering wheel for Impala and Super Sport models includes a half-circle horn ring and distinctive central emblem. Bright rings again divide the rim for the two-tone treatment used with most interior trim colors.” (See Photo #17.)








 Bel Air (1600 & 1500 Series)


“The Bel Air and Biscayne steering wheels are virtually identical, differing only in central emblem detail. The Bel Air emblem displays an attractive shield design.” (See Photo #18.)









Biscayne (1200 & 1100 Series)


“The Bel Air and Biscayne steering wheels are virtually identical, differing only in central emblem detail. For Biscaynes, the Chevrolet name is substituted on the emblem. In past years, this deluxe type wheel with horn ring was an extra-cost option for Biscayne models.”




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mary fleming Date 8/10/2014

looking for a 1969 chev pickup horn ring assembly.

mary fleming Date 8/10/2014

looking for a 1969 chev pickup horn ring assembly.

Michael Giuliani Date 5/23/2015

Back in the 60's my family owned a 64 Biscayne 2dr with no options (6cyl, 3sp manual, radio delete) The steering wheel hub was the one listed as being for the Bel-Air. Factory mistake?

karlene loly Date 9/22/2015

Hi My dad is looking for a 1960 Chev Belair steering wheel, (doesn't require the half moon horn assembly, Could you please help? Thank you

Admin Date 9/23/2015

Karlene, We should be able to help you out. Give us a call at the shop and ask for Danny. 407.886.1963.

Antonio Barboza Date 8/25/2016

A 1963 steering wheel Belair wagon it says on page 15 but I can't find it can you tell me how much it is I need a phone number so I can call

Antonio Barboza Date 8/25/2016

A 1963 steering wheel Belair wagon it says on page 15 but I can't find it can you tell me how much it is I need a phone number so I can call

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