New leather plated and coloured

Ferrari 308 new leather for door cards

The new leather for the doors has been plated and coloured to match the Connolly AutoLux leather used for the seats and has been fitted to the door panels replacing the previous temporarily dyed finish.

A year ago Connolly in the UK sent my upholsterer three new Autolux hides. Two were perfect but the third did not match and Connolly could not supply anything close to the two hides we used for the seats. Therefore we got a fourth hide plated here in the US to match the grain and coloured to match the Autolux two-color finish.

Ferrari 308 plated leather finish

A close up of the plated finish. The new leather is an almost perfect match for the leather on the seats (shown below)

Ferrari 308 Connolly leather close-up

Ferrari 308 new Connolly seat leather
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4 Responses

  1. SBDaytona says:

    David, did you reuse or replace the metal grommet for the manual window winder hole in the door trim? It may be that you left them out looking to some of your later interior photos? I am at this stage and am tempted to leave them out. Thanks SB

    • David says:

      SB, what happened was this: the upholsterer lost them for a couple of months. We reused them and recovered them. After he returned them, I forgot to put them back in for a few months. They are both back in the doors now. Regards David.

  2. SBDaytona says:

    Thanks David, I have two sets of door trims. One original, used but in pretty good condition (with the grommets fitted). The other was covered in cheap nasty vinyl (no grommets). So when it came to recovering the seats I had nasty vinyl ones recovered in the same leather. So don’t really want to rob the originals for the grommets so will probably look for the right replacement grommets.

    Wish I had come across your blog sooner. I recently received a carpet kit from Lakewell – not happy. It is a RHD car and the heel mats are not even close to correct and the colour is not right. Haven’t tried to fit it yet! My seats / door trims are the same colour as yours and the original carpet was tan. I think you made a good decision going black. Might do the same yet. Will see how badly the Lakewell Kit fits.

    Thanks for the help – really appreciated it. Best wishes. SB

    • David says:

      Although I had my issues with Lakewell, they did replace all the pieces I asked them too. However, it might be simpler just to find some good quality carpet and a good upholsterer to cut and edge them. It really depends if you have all the old pieces to use as templates.

      Regarding the gromets, I think the original Ferrari versions are hard to find. I remember someone using modern plastic grommets from (I think) McMaster Carr and then covering with leather so they look the same.


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