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Interior

#1 Post by Mark Lomax » Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:44 am

My interior on my '63 is beat up and was removed when they did the floors many many years ago. It's red but the darker version which I haven't seen on some of the interior sites.
So should I:

a. Replace just the worn out parts (80%)
b. Replace the entire interior to its original vinyl
c. Replace the entire interior with an upgrade to leather (does this improvement do anything to the value?)

Note: Entire interior means everything.

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Re: Interior

#2 Post by Doug McDonnell » Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:30 am

If you can match near 100% then you can just replace what is needed. I looked at a 63 with Fawn interior. All original except front seats. Seats didn't match the rest very well. I would not have been happy with the mismatch. I also think the "Lipstick Red" is too red. But I am not a purist. I say do it whatever color you would love. The good shops will match colors for you.
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Re: Interior

#3 Post by Mike Wilson » Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:57 am

I essentially had the same dilemma when I restored my car. Most of the black vinyl interior was in good to excellent condition but the headliner was going to be replaced as well as the dash top and there were some other small blems on other pieces. Since metal work needed to be done, it was all removed. Talking to my upholsterer, we agreed to replace it all since the grain of the new vinyl might not match the old and pieces might not fit as before. The only things I didn't have redone were the seats and head rests. Fortunately, as Doug has seen, there isn't much of a mismatch.

As far as leather vs. vinyl, I think for some it does add value and to others, it's just a personal preference. I agree with Doug, the lipstick red is too red for my taste (the original interior of my slate gray coupe was red). There are darker reds that are not as bright.

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Re: Interior

#4 Post by Jim Liberty » Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:13 pm

The color selection in vinyl is almost limitless. Not so for leather. Unless you are doing leather just because you want it go ahead, In my opinion I don't think it will impact the value. Today's vinyls are so good, it is almost impossible to tell the difference. I would opt to do the entire car. Autos International will sell you the kit.

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#5 Post by Mark Reich » Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:25 pm

I upgraded to leather and really like it. I don't know if it adds value but I can't imagine it would detract. Love the leather.
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#6 Post by John Linden » Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:30 pm

https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva ... 93463.html

The above craigslist ad shows a 1964 356 interior in red. According to the ad, the interior is original and was removed from a 1964 356C many years ago. This may be a good reference to what the color of an original red interior looked like back in the day. No recommendation on my part. I know nothing about the seller, the price or the condition. But it sure does look original and it certainly is red.

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Re: Interior

#7 Post by Doug McDonnell » Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:39 pm

1965 year only seat hinges so ad may not be entirely accurate.
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Re: Interior

#8 Post by Martin Bruechle » Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:12 pm

That Craigslist red interior is pretty cool. Not sure about $9000 cool though ?
My 65 came black with red interior and has a worn out white vinyl interior now.

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#9 Post by Jim Liberty » Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:23 pm

OK, I just have to say it again. Porsche bought vinyl, carpet and paint in large quantities. From dye lot, to dye lot the color was never exactly the same. Probably close but not the same. Same for leather especially, I buy three hides always, to allow for bad spots, and plenty for repairs.

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Re: Interior

#10 Post by Mervyn Hyde » Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:59 pm

Mark I had a similar dilemma on my '62. My tan interior was all original and in excellent condition throughout the car (I got the car from the last owner for over 50 years). Except for the driver's seat which had been recovered in an awful brown smooth vinyl. I found some correct Porsche pattern vinyl in tan to cover the seat. However, the original vinyl on the passenger seat and elsewhere had faded slightly. I elected to recover both seats with the new vinyl but stopped there to preserve the originality as much as possible. I kept the vinyl from the passenger seat for any future purposes.
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Re: Interior

#11 Post by George Hussey » Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:45 am

replace with the factory original color vinyl

Mark Lomax wrote:My interior on my '63 is beat up and was removed when they did the floors many many years ago. It's red but the darker version which I haven't seen on some of the interior sites.
So should I:

a. Replace just the worn out parts (80%)
b. Replace the entire interior to its original vinyl
c. Replace the entire interior with an upgrade to leather (does this improvement do anything to the value?)

Note: Entire interior means everything.
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Re: Interior

#12 Post by Edwin Ek » Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:05 pm

It's your car. Do you prefer leather? If so, make the upgrade. Roadsters never came with leather, but many are restored with it. Their value is enhanced, not diminished.
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