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  1. PaulK

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    Hi All,

    Did Ferrari ever offer a wooden shift ball for the F355 as an accessory? Perhaps a Ferrari Idea item? Here is what I am looking at.
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  2. audi_328

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    I really doubt that's a Ferrari item. The pattern looks crudely engraved, the font for the pattern is wrong (if they did indeed offer a wood ball, I'd think the font would be the same), and the wood and finish doesn't appear to be of much quality. That looks homemade to me. No expert, but that's my opinion.
     
  3. Ferrarium

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    Definitely looks home made but if it has a part number look that number up.
     
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    I agree with all of you. I wound up buying both last night. I didn't want to risk someone else buying them. I hope they fit. I just want to see what it feels like to shift with a wooden ball.
     
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    I’m not a fan of this in the F355 and doubt that it is original.

    But I also don’t like wood steering wheels in any car...

    Robb
     
  7. PaulK

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    I really can't wait to find out. Is it going to replace the chrome one? Not permanently. But I am really curious and it could be one of those rare accessories. I just couldn't resist.

    The bag and receipt look period correct. So there is that!
     
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    Post the part number, maybe its 1960's?
     
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    With a 6-speed pattern, highly unlikely.
     
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    I wonder if it was made by a Ferrari dealership upon customer request rather than by Ferrari itself, hence the handcrafted look yet accompanying bag and numbered receipt?

    All the best,
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    A related question: did Ferrari ever use wood for shift knobs, either in a production model or one-off race car? Off the top of my head I can't think of any, even the oldest cars had a sort of bakelite knob IIRC, otherwise lots of aluminum knobs or plastic of some sort.
     
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  13. Julia

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    OEM or aftermarket, this might help solve the problem of the shift knob being screaming hot in the summer heat.
     
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    Only bakelite for shift knobs.

    Wood knobs often split.

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    That sounds painful!!!!!

    Seriously, that looks home made, the numbers and shift picture look hand done and at a decent ish amateur level, certainly not professional from the picture.

    That’s not do say it wouldn’t look good fitted if you like that and the car is period.
     
  16. PaulK

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    I still don't have a picture of the documentation accompanying this. It hasn't even shipped yet. Perhaps I should just cancel this order. The seller did say he will send me a pic soon. Let's see what develops. Maybe this is aftermarket? Maybe this is an official accessory? I don't know. It sure would look good in a tan car (mine is black).
     
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    Hey if you like it go for it. But I don’t think it is OEM.

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    Custom made for Howdy Doody no doubt
     
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    A number of little British cars either came with or were accessorized with wooden gear shift knobs.

    They would usually split along the grain in a heated race and would indeed be painful!

    (I'd cancel the order. They don't look good, IMHO, aren't original, and seem out of place for a more modern car.)

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    Pinocchio, perhaps. It will morph into a real shift knob.
     
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    The Porsche 917 had a well-known wooden gear knob, I believe the originals were of balsa wood, but as visible in the photo they were shaped out of a block of cross-grain laminated wood pieces, so no splitting/checking. Lots of similar repro 917 gear knobs out there for older 911s, I've thought about getting one for my 911 track rat.

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    Somehow just don't see a wooden knob looking "right" in a Ferrari though, of any era, but to each their own of course! Does sound like a weird transaction you're having though, hope it goes well whether you get the items or end up canceling.
     
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    Any update on the shift ball documentation, Paul? You've got me hooked on the mystery.

    All the best,
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    Why is there a Ricambi packaging in that picture?
     
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    Seller is probably trying to borrow a bit of linked integrity by association...

    The word Ricambi just means parts in Italian. Right? I don’t think it is from the US Ricambi sponsor owned by Daniel.

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    I can’t get over the spacing on the digits - looks off.

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