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Aaron H

USA
427 Posts

Posted - 05/18/2016 :  19:10:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Unfortunately, most shops that restore 300SL's and the like don't use the correct leather. They either don't know it exists, or they (both shop and car owner) refuse to spend the extra money to buy the correct leather. Every time I've been to a Concourse D`Elegance in which a Gullwing/Roadster or a 190Sl were being judged, neither would win anything due to them having the correct leather.

If any of you are going to go through the expense and effort to restore your interior, then buy the good stuff. It doesn't matter if the car will be judged or if it's just going to be a "driver" quality car. They all deserve the correct materials. The correct leather is generally $400-$500 more per hide than the less expensive incorrect leather. So for a 6.3, that would approximately be an extra $1,500-$1,800 in additional cost. The same goes for a W116. For the 600, I'd be comfortable saying to factor in an extra plus or minus $3,500 since is has more leather inside.

Something else I'd like to bring to light is carpeting. In the M-100 world, the 600, 6.3, and 6.9 cars only had two types of carpeting; wool or velour (unless other wise stated when ordered, of course) There were some unusual colors in the early years, such as rust red. However, for the most part most of the cars had standard colors that most of us are familiar with. The color I'd like to make mention of is blue.

There were 2-3 different shades of blue carpeting AND leather. In general, most would have had light of dark blue. My aggravation comes from the companies that supply carpet set for our cars. They only offer one shade of blue. The same goes for the leather. Though Aeristo and HANS REINKE do offer the correct two shades of leather. However, I've yet to see anyone offer the other shades of blue carpeting. If you car originally had light blue carpeting that was replaced with dark blue carpeting, then the car is no longer original.

As mainstream and as cost effective manufacturing carpeting is in this day and age, I can't understand why ALL of the original colors aren't offered. Granted, the early wool carpeting with black flecking throughout the color could prove difficult to reproduce, but it's not entirely impossible by any stretch of the imagination. For those of us that have the early wool carpeting in green this would be a lovely addition, as the green hasn't been available in nearly 30 years. By now most original wool carpeting is starting to shrink and show it's age. Maybe in the near future this won't be so much of a problem. Not holing my breath, though.

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RANDYS

Australia
487 Posts

Posted - 05/19/2016 :  05:46:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
THANKS Aaron I'm on the case.!
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KipF

USA
90 Posts

Posted - 08/03/2016 :  13:47:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's the new interior in the 6.3. It's "Old Timer" leather and wilton wool velour carpet from GAHH, all done per the data card. They both match OEM perfectly. David also rewebbed the seatbelts.













1966 230SL
1969 300SEL #1703
1985 300TD
1990 350SDL
1992 500E
2002 SL500
2008 GL320 CDI
2009 GL320 BT - SOLD

Edited by - KipF on 08/04/2016 11:02:56
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RANDYS

Australia
487 Posts

Posted - 08/04/2016 :  04:46:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh wow! and look at those beautiful chromed hinges.
No need to dress these up with a cheap plastic cover plate.
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AgSilver

USA
207 Posts

Posted - 08/04/2016 :  09:10:08  Show Profile  Visit AgSilver's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Outstanding!

You might want to put a new rubber pad on the brake peddle.

300SEL 6.3
E55 AMG
CLK63 AMG Gone
Ferrari 400GTC4
ML400CDI BiTurbo
ML350 CDI BT
9146GT
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james lawson

USA
1273 Posts

Posted - 08/04/2016 :  10:30:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Has anyone found a satisfactory Cognac supplier yet?
Thanks Jim

jim
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KipF

USA
90 Posts

Posted - 08/04/2016 :  10:57:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
AgSilver - It's on order from Classic Center. It'll be on there by LodeFest. I should add the heel pad is not blue. It's just looks that way in the photo. It's black.

1966 230SL
1969 300SEL #1703
1985 300TD
1990 350SDL
1992 500E
2002 SL500
2008 GL320 CDI
2009 GL320 BT - SOLD
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Aaron H

USA
427 Posts

Posted - 08/16/2017 :  02:10:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
To the administrators/tech fellas:

I see this post was made to be a Sticky....and in doing so, the original pictures in the first post are no longer visible. Would someone please look into this? These pictures not being visible ruins the point of the whole post.
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Art Love

Australia
6139 Posts

Posted - 08/16/2017 :  04:04:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Aaron,
I made it Sticky which should have no effect on anything in the posting thread; all it does is ensure the thread stays at the top of the pile. As I look at the thread now, your original posting [which you said you copied from the one you posted the night before] has the same three photos showing your original leather samples, the colours/surface patterns still available from Mercedes and what other suppliers were offering in 2015 are still there, exactly as they were before I made it Sticky.

So I am confused as to what you are referring. There are six pieces in the first image with the top left perforated, five in the second and six in the third with one piece above two above three. Have I misunderstood you?
Art
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Aaron H

USA
427 Posts

Posted - 08/17/2017 :  06:53:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Art, thank you so much for writing back. Since you can see the pictures, I'm going to assume that most can see them. On my end, all I see are 6 small funny looking icons that are square with some green and blue picture in them. It very well maybe a problem with my browser....I'm not sure. Either way, I'm glad to know that the pictures are visible. Thank you. :)
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RANDYS

Australia
487 Posts

Posted - 09/14/2017 :  05:23:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Folks: I have a very simple question. Can anyone point me in the right direction to source blue leather for a W116?
I can tell you that GAHH is not correct. I can tell you that some offerrings from Hans Reinke is not correct.
It has to be dark blue..it has to be slightly glossy and has to have the Pebble pattern.
Surely I cannot be the first person to reach the point of needing leather for their W116..........?
Love to hear from you!

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S class

South Africa
943 Posts

Posted - 09/14/2017 :  05:46:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My blue-on-blue 6.9 also needs leather, so I'm eager to hear feedback and experiences on this topic.



116.036 - trusty rusty
116.036 - Rooikat
116.024 - the merc
116.028 - Penelope
116.032 - Esmeralda
126.037 - Scheckter
126.037
107.046



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daantjie

Canada
895 Posts

Posted - 09/14/2017 :  11:36:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by S class

My blue-on-blue 6.9 also needs leather, so I'm eager to hear feedback and experiences on this topic.



116.036 - trusty rusty
116.036 - Rooikat
116.024 - the merc
116.028 - Penelope
116.032 - Esmeralda
126.037 - Scheckter
126.037
107.046







These guys have the real McCoy leather:

www.hydesleather.com

Guy's name is Aaron. I think they only supply the skins, but might also trim and sew the pattern for the seat for you. I am sure if you got the money honey, they got the time

Daniel
1977 450 SEL 6.9
Vancouver, BC

Edited by - daantjie on 09/14/2017 11:36:53
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RANDYS

Australia
487 Posts

Posted - 09/18/2017 :  03:38:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
thanks Daniel..I'm onto it.
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