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Open Diff: The World’s Most Expensive Shift Knob

Posted November 02, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl

By itself, it’s a wholly unremarkable ball of aluminum with a black textured finish, measuring roughly two inches in diameter. Featuring a collar at the bottom, the item is drilled and tapped with a common 10 x 1.25mm thread, meaning it’s meant for more than just a single application. Though it isn’t trimmed in diamonds or adorned with platinum, it is, by my reckoning, the most expensive shift knob in the world.

I am in no way referring to its original purchase price, which probably wasn’t more than $30 when I ordered it from Team Voodoo (whose Pollo Rampante mascot was a gentle poke at Ferrari’s Prancing Horse) roughly 20 years ago. Instead, I’m referring to the cars I’ve placed beneath it over the years, which when tallied reaches a sum large enough to buy a nicely restored Porsche 911 SC, or a similarly show-worthy pre-1971 Mustang Mach 1 or early Camaro Z/28. In some areas – southern Vermont excepted – the accumulated sum total of roughly $70,030 would probably buy a modest two-bedroom home.

Instead, my Voodoo knob has crowned the shift lever of my first-generation Mazda Miata, an Acura RSX Type S purchased in a fit of de-cluttering and later sold to my brother-in-law, a third-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata (purchased in the first year of the model, in violation of one of my own cardinal rules), and now, another third-generation Miata in the exact configuration I’ve been seeking for the last three years. Or, if I’m honest with myself, since I mistakenly sold my last one in 2011.

A widespread search for the perfect shifter knob.

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Re: Open Diff: The World’s Most Expensive Shift Knob

11/02/2017 7:53 PM

Since it doesn't have a shift pattern on it, perhaps your shift knob will deter a thief from stealing your Miata, if he even knows how to drive a manual.

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Re: Open Diff: The World’s Most Expensive Shift Knob

11/03/2017 3:35 AM

Be a good scumbag and weld your diff, go to the hoonigan lot and show them a nice miata :p

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11/07/2017 5:33 AM

Doesn't it get too hot in summer/too cold in winter? (Don't know what your local climate's like).

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Re: Open Diff: The World’s Most Expensive Shift Knob

11/09/2017 6:52 AM

If you don't know the shift pattern you should not be driving.

Ah yes the NC Miata , I have had many sports cars in my life but the NC is the most fun. It is not the quickest but in shear terms of miles per smile and cost it is hard to beat.

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