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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-06-2019, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Help to identify old Alfa knob please!

I bought this old knob at an antiques store in Iran.

It looks to be made of bakelite but I am not sure of this.
The logo has a royal crown above it - please see pictures.
The thread sleeve looks like brass to me.
Measures are: 45 mm high, 42 mm in diameter at the widest place.


Would be very grateful for any input regarding from which time, model etcetera this knob belongs!
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For all I know, this knob was not factory supplied for any car. In my opinion, this knob is an aftermarket and/or fantasy piece, for several reasons:

1. The size of the knob would indicate it may have been intended as a gearshift lever knob, but the shape is unlike any Alfa gearshift lever knob I've ever seen.

2. The fact that the knob does not have the letters "MILANO" and/or decorative lines (wavy lines or knots) in the logo indicates the appearance may have been adapted from a 1970s logo (see evolution of Alfa logo on this page).

3. The crown above the logo is fantasy, too. Alfa removed any indications that would create an affiliation with the kingdom and/or the house of Savoy in about 1945 (at about the time Italy became a republic).

So, this knob seems to have no historical value or significance I can think of.

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The crown reminded me of the Pininfarina logo but upon closer inspection it is somewhat different.
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Thanks for Your input. I see Your points and I agree it’s a peculiar knob.

However, why would someone make the effort to manufacture a special logo with tiny details and mold it into a knob (the logo is about 2 mm under the surface), a logo without any meaning?
If it’s factory made wouldnt it bee more known copies?

Of course I am a bit ”biased” in this, wanting it to have a history, but I cant help to wonder if it’s custom made in the 1970’s for some car of royal use or state service (in Iran for example, where I bought it).
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Apparently the Shah had at least a Super Sprint in his collection. Wrong type of knob though...
http://www.italianways.com/the-alfa-...l-collections/

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That is a very cool knob no matter what it is.

Are you interested in selling it?

Let me know.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-10-2019, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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The Alfa museum in Italy have replied that they find it interesting and will start doing some researches to find more info about it, so I wait for their final answer. I can then come back and tell you what they have found. So I wait with consider selling it too.
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