Gear knobs. Seven of the best
Inspired by Porsche's new seven speeder, here are our pick of the classic sticks...
Posted: 20 Sep 2011
VW Golf GTI
Resurrected in the latest Golf GTI ‘Edition 35’ as a piece of gratingly obvious PR nonsense, the original puckered golf ball gearknob from the 1976 MkI Golf GTI remains an iconic place to rest your palm.
This legendary knob was first premiered at the Frankfurt IAA in September 1975, causing quite a stir when connected to a close-ratio four-speed gearbox and 1588cc, 108bhp engine. It gained an extra digit in 1979 when the GTI became five-speed, and has remained influential.