Original 56 cpe

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Original 56 cpe

#1 Post by Roy Smalley » Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:59 pm

Obviously, before computers, perhaps 1980. An all original car, including paint showing interior details. Photo of photo. Desert tan over red, the original red that no one seems to have been able to duplicate. Arm/hand belongs to old Al Zim.
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Re: Original 56 cpe

#2 Post by Joris Koning » Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:34 pm

Roy, the red color and sheen can be duplicated, I have done it. Getting the exact texture vinyl is the real problem. Joris
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Re: Original 56 cpe

#3 Post by Martin Benade » Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:21 pm

On the second picture the red vinyl rectangle that Al is pointing to, that piece is an original feature?

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Re: Original 56 cpe

#4 Post by Gary Thies » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:22 pm

Still looking for a 56' coupe, in Lago green metallic in the California region. Would like to see the color in person, opposed to pictures only. Please contact me with any information..

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Re: Original 56 cpe

#5 Post by Jim Karaba » Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:50 pm

So Al was old even back then?

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Re: Original 56 cpe

#6 Post by James Davies » Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:20 am

Roy, thanks for sharing the great photos!

Martin, yes. That little bit of artificial leather goes back to pre-A construction. Here's a photos of original interiors on two 1953 coupes (2nd is mine).
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Re: Original 56 cpe

#7 Post by Roy Smalley » Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:49 pm

yes correct on the carpet binding. This photo of the car (all original paint) was outside Al's shop soon after he built and moved in.
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Re: Original 56 cpe

#8 Post by Norm Miller » Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:25 pm

I've noticed the colored binding under the aluminum carpet retainer at the lower A-pillar.
Was that a 56 only procedure.
So many have been re-done by God knows who we've lost valuable reference.

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Re: Original 56 cpe

#9 Post by Doug McDonnell » Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:03 pm

Wonderful old pictures of an original 56.Thanks for posting them.
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Re: Original 56 cpe

#10 Post by James Davies » Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:47 pm

Norm, that's a pre-A and T1 thing. See photos below for 2 examples from 1953. It was leatherette and often matched the carpet, but not always.
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