Defining Classic Car Upholstery
Classic car restoration is a hobby and a passion for many auto collectors who put in hundreds of hours of effort to recreate the look and feel of a classic car.
On average, most American manufacturers agree that any car more than 20 years old is classic. The older the car, the more classic it is; however, its age does not necessarily determine its collectible value. For instance, many auto collectors prefer cars from the 1970s more than those from the 1930s or ’40s.
Regardless of the age of your classic beauty, you have more options today for the upholstery of your car than you did when your baby was first made.
Classic Car Upholstery
Many classic cars lack the advanced luxury features that modern cars have, but owners can still make modern upgrades to any part of the car, from the seats to the engine. It’s common to replace old and plain upholstery with newer, more comfortable and attractive materials. Nowadays, there is a wide selection of classic car upholstery to choose from that vary by color, material, and design.
The first step when considering upholstery is to choose the type of material. The different types include:
- Faux leather
Leather is a top choice for car owners. It’s the most glamorous and attractive material, and is very durable and resistant to staining. There are three main types of leather: fine, split, and reconstituted. Split leather, like suede, has a coarse texture. Reconstituted leather is made of leather that is blended with other materials.
Fabric upholstery includes materials like vinyl, nylon, polyester or wool. Nylon is a smooth, synthetic polymer material that is resistant to stains and moisture. Polyester and vinyl are other polymers that are durable, damage-resistant, and widely used in commercial industries. Wool is known for providing the softest, most comfortable ride for classic car drivers and passengers.
If a car’s interior is a little worse for wear, collectors can bring it back to life by replacing or refurbishing their car’s interior, including the seat upholstery to ride in comfort and style. Better yet, classic car owners have many more choices of upholstery available to them now than they did decades ago.
Legendary Auto Interiors provides original and custom classic car upholstery for a wide variety of classic American-made cars. See our selection and shop our collection here >
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