Green Interior Restoration Advice Please - 1959 356A
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Author:  David Twiss [ Tue May 08, 2018 3:06 am ]
Post subject:  Green Interior Restoration Advice Please - 1959 356A

Interior questions 1959 356 A
I’m asking for some assistance from learned members.
I am restoring a barn fine Aussie delivered matching numbers 1959 T2 356A Coupe. The car is in remarkable good condition and has been of the road since 1964!
The exterior colour is metallic silver 5706 with a green vinyl interior.
The car will be subject to a complete body restoration which will necessitate some minor panel work and a full respray in the original colour.
Thankfully the floors, longitudinals, battery box and other rust prone areas are all rust free.
I’m keen to keep the car as original as possible and have a number of questions
1. The original green vinyl interior is in remarkable condition for its age and the plan at least initially is to see how it comes up after some restoration work. If however the end result doesn’t met with our expectations we will look for an aftermarket alternative. Now the original green colour is a dark bottle type green and aftermarket suppliers either don’t offer green at all or the green they offer is lighter in shade. Has anybody encountered this problem and if so what have they done to address this issue? The car will receive new oatmeal carpets and a new headliner. Luv to hear from anyone with a green interior.
2. The top of the door strip is dark shade of green to match the green door card. Does anyone know what paint code this is?
3. What is the paint code for the steering column tube?
That’s it for now.
Thanks in advance


Author:  Doug McDonnell [ Tue May 08, 2018 9:31 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Green Interior Restoration Advice Please - 1959 356A

David a friend restored this car with interior from Auto's International. http://www.huntingridgemotors.com/vehic ... cabriolet/ And another friend is currently restoring the 356C his wife bought while in college in the early 70's. Irish green/fawn. The fawn was not a match to any current inventory so my friend sent them a small piece and they matched his original door cards almost perfectly. See his link here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=44885 I am sure most vendors could do the same for you. Also the green offered by Auto's is lighter in leather, darker in regular vinyl.

Author:  James Davies [ Wed May 09, 2018 10:15 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Green Interior Restoration Advice Please - 1959 356A

Hi David,

None of the aftermarket vinyls or leathers match what Reutter used - color, texture or gloss. You might get lucky on the vinyls if you really search, but it will be a long process. If the original vinyl can be restored, use it, as it seems is your inclination. Better yet if it has a bit of patina. It can always be recolored in places if needed, especially if there is sun damage.

Have your painter match the dark green paint with whatever paint system he uses. You have the original right there. That's the only way to get it spot on, as paint manufacturers formulas vary and change over time.

Author:  jim stephenson [ Wed May 09, 2018 8:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Green Interior Restoration Advice Please - 1959 356A

Hi David,

I have a 59 S Sunroof coupe 356A and I recently finished the restoration Silver/Green with Green Cord inserts per Kardex.

Feel free to contact me directly spencer356@twc.com and I would be happy to share my thoughts on trying to match up original interior. I did quite a bit of research and I am happy with my final results.

I look forward to hearing from you .

Thank You,
Jim Stephenson

Author:  David Twiss [ Wed May 09, 2018 9:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Green Interior Restoration Advice Please - 1959 356A

Thanks Doug, James and Jim for your kind replies.

I will know in a couple of days whether the original green vinyl interior can be used after it has been property cleaned and assessed.

In the meantime I have a lead on a potential supply of the original green vinyl upholstery material from a former motor trimmer here in Melbourne which used to undertake work for the Porsche distributor. Its a small supply be it just maybe enough to repair any minor nicks and tears. Its a cool color and I'd like to retain it if a all possible. Jim I'll be in touch

Thanks again David

Author:  Bob Watts [ Wed May 16, 2018 7:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Green Interior Restoration Advice Please - 1959 356A


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