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Old 04-24-2017, 03:44 PM
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I think I would have an easier time finding a unicorn horn then the Matador red leather that I'll need for my seats. Now that I'm cleaning it up the marbling in the leather can be seen. The local interior guy says that was the way the leather was produced and is not very common. So even if I find a good color match it will not have the marbling unless I find actual Matador red leather. It is cool that it is 1 of 2 but being that rare does have its downside.
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Old 04-24-2017, 03:52 PM
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BMW produced two odd interior colors in the 90's for the E36 M3, a grey called 'Mulberry' and a dark tan/brown called 'Magma'. Both have this exact marbled look and are impossible to find replacement hides for. I've been down this road and know your pain.
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Are you trying to replace the skin, repair it, or refinish (re-stain) it?
I recognize that orig is cool but I kinda think it would look way better without marbling. Also, was the marbling from new or did it occur with aging like my marbling (face) did?

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Originally Posted by FLT951 View Post
Are you trying to replace the skin, repair it, or refinish (re-stain) it?
I recognize that orig is cool but I kinda think it would link way better without marbling. Also, was the marbling from new or did it occur with aging like my marbling (face) did?
Like I said, it was there from day 1. You can see the marbling in the non-exposed parts as well. My seat faces are shot. The rears of the seats might be able to be saved but probably need to be done as they are 25 years old too.

The leather is the $5000 rare feature of the car. I would love to find some of the original. I can go with a straight color but that would be like painting a speed yellow car tan.
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120k white smashed car with a salvage title. All this excitement for a worn red interior. Sounds like a waste of time to me!
Give it a rest man. Everyone on this site is about as helpful and courteous as they can be with their time and knowledge, no value in those sort of opinions.
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Originally Posted by tony968 View Post
120k white smashed car with a salvage title. All this excitement for a worn red interior. Sounds like a waste of time to me!
Tony the troll, thanks for your typical comments.
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The marbling looks incredible - I can see why you went after this one now.

Good luck in your search.
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Thanks Jay, I have to admit, when I first saw it I thought it was age but then I found it all over and realized that is the way it was. Definitely different. Most of it is in good shape, the leather wrapped lower dash, door panels, console, console door, e-brake, and rear seats. But the front buckets are brittle and will need to be redone. We'll see what is out there. But they only offered this color for 2 years, 92-93, and at $5k an interior they are very rare.
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Jeff,
try this supplier. They don't advertise Matador but they may be able to source it. http://www.heritagetrim.com/
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+1 on heritage they are top notch I used them 5 years ago for some sport seats and wow!
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the Berber loop carpet looks cool but not on the door pockets
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Also check with Southbound trimmers in England. Very good on rare old Porsche interiors. Could have it.

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Jeff, Try these guys. They have my Chestnut Brown. I'm ordering a sample to color match.
https://www.hydesleather.com/leather...orsche-leather
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Originally Posted by 400hp944 View Post
Jeff, Try these guys. They have my Chestnut Brown. I'm ordering a sample to color match.
https://www.hydesleather.com/leather...orsche-leather
Thanks! I sent them a note. We'll see if they can help.
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