Rare Interior Material in my 56 Coupe?

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Rare Interior Material in my 56 Coupe?

#1 Post by Steve Watson » Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:21 pm

Do any of you experts know what type of material this is in my 56 Coupe? It's original. Would LOVE to find a source for this material as the front seats and door panels were recovered once, but the rear kept original.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/6xRAbpELycSj2vqq5
 

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Re: Rare Interior Material in my 56 Coupe?

#2 Post by C J Murray » Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:31 pm

Acella blast. Do search.
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Re: Rare Interior Material in my 56 Coupe?

#3 Post by bil brown » Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:40 pm

Warren Eads had some yellow Acella Bast reproduced a couple decades ago. We bought some for the 550, it was very close to OG. I`ve heard for years there`s a real close match used in patio furniture, but could`nt ever find it.
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#4 Post by Steve Watson » Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:44 pm

Thanks CJ. I'll search on that name. Is this material still available? Here are more photos:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/cDUicWpB4XnvJuZT9

https://photos.app.goo.gl/BjCQMH1syx9HE3oe9
 

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#5 Post by C J Murray » Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:07 pm

Bil knows more than I do. At least he got the name right!
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#6 Post by Steve Watson » Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:40 pm

What's odd is the Kardex for my car states Red Leatherette, but I bought the car last year from the original owner who stated the original interior was this Acella Blast. I guess another example of a Kardex error.
 

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#7 Post by Spencer Harris » Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:42 am

Very neat material! Must be what's listed as Naturbast Beige?
FYI from Dr. Johnson's authenticity guide:
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#8 Post by Steve Watson » Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:48 am

Interesting. The original color of my car was Black. So someone must have special ordered it with the Naturbast beige.
 

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Re: Rare Interior Material in my 56 Coupe?

#9 Post by Mike Vollmer » Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:39 pm

My car is also a 1956 with what I believe to be original seat material. Kardex states k'elder schwarz. The grain looks different than Acela Blast.
Seems like this group knows a lot about the different materials used. Any ideas?
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Re: Rare Interior Material in my 56 Coupe?

#10 Post by Donald Zingg » Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:22 pm

Acella was a product line of embossed and patterned vinyl upholstery fabrics made by the J.H. Benecke company in Hannover, Germany (see brochure below). Acella Bast, the "basketweave" material in question here was first tested in Speedster number 80021 early October, 1954. After a few weeks later the material was introduced into routine series production of 356 Speedster bodies. It was one of three beige upholstery materials originally selected for the Blue and the Signal Red pre-A Speedsters. Acella Bast was discontinued for Speedster production in December 1955.

The basketweave material was available in more than one color. During that time it was also a seat upholstery in some Spyder race cars, and was an upholstery option for the T-1 356A Coupe. Just for fun, look closely at the '55 Coupe all dressed up in the last photo - - - imagine trying to convince a concours judge that's the factory original upholstery!
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