Cars have always been a daily part of our lives. We judge people on what they drive, and how they take care of it. When witnessing the effort put into restoring or maintaining classic vehicles, we can’t help but be impressed by their outward appearance and functionality. The exterior isn’t the only factor either. Well-maintained classic interior upholstery is the cherry on top. If you’re looking to add another classic car to your collection or looking to restore one you already own, here is our list of must-have classic cars.
1953-1962 Chevy Corvette
Perhaps the most collected classic car in the USA, a Chevrolet Corvette is anything but a rare sight. These stylish cars are perfect for anyone looking to make a statement. They also open the door for clubs, car shows, and conversations where car enthusiasts can share their affection for the vehicle together. Because of its popularity, many people opt for modern upholstery to better maintain their vehicle’s interior and add an element of uniqueness.
1961 Jaguar E-Type
Another iconic vehicle among enthusiasts. With its long front exterior and a convertible roof, this vehicle screams a long drive into the sunset with your lover. The fluid design of this car has caught the eye of many car design aficionados wanting to reupholster and restore it to its glory days. The Jaguar E-type is a perfect mix of masculinity and femininity with its sleek bullet design and sports car horsepower.
1935 Ford Pickup
Notably an antique vehicle, the 1935 Ford Pickup is the most popular classic car in Idaho. A well-maintained one will surely cause your head to turn. Like many classic or antique cars, they will need to be reupholstered and customized. The great thing about this truck is that there is so much history behind it. Farmers and construction workers would commonly use this vehicle since pickups were not very popular for everyday commute in 1935. You may see owners of these vehicles holding onto this history by keeping the mechanical brakes and or replicating the original color scheme of the exterior body and interior upholstery.
1969 Ford Mustang
How could we not mention a Ford Mustang? With rumors of being the “ultimate classic car," the Ford Mustang has its fair share of movie highlights and continues to be a popular ride among collectors. This muscle car is a piece of American history that has a timeless look and sound. You have to appreciate the people that work hard to maintain these cars. More so, these have surged in popularity among younger people for being the featured car in the movie John Wick. With proper classic auto upholstery and detailing, the 1969 ford mustang is sure to make anyone jealous.
1970 Chevy Camaro
More comfortable than its predecessors, the 1970 Chevrolet Camaro is another muscle car in our list of must-haves. In the 1970s, Strato bucket seats were the new hot thing to grace car interiors. Most having an all-black interior with vinyl upholstery and optional console materials, these beauties were a sight for sore eyes. The 1970s saw a redesign mimicking European muscle cars, instead of the classic “coke-bottle” design of the 60s. Across the board, Camaros are still an attractive car for many. Some enthusiasts wouldn’t choose to purchase any later versions of the Camaro due to the Environmental Protection Agency cracking down on emission standards, thus causing performance changes in later versions.
You could say this list was quite diverse but any one of these vehicles would be quite the collection piece. Nothing sticking out to you yet? Regardless of your own personal taste and style, there is a classic car out there that suits you. The look and sound of a classic vehicle that has been restored would make anyone want to reverse the clock so they can buy one too. With the proper detailing and upholstery, you’ll be reliving your best days in a classic car of your own.
With environmental concerns becoming increasingly prevalent in both popular culture and mainstream news, we are looking to address and incorporate sustainability measures in as much of our routines as possible. It is the little things we do not expect to have a positive impact that always do. That being said, sustainability is really a huge element of the process in the upholstery industry – whether we realize it or not.
This is not a warning or threat. It is an asset for reupholstery measures.
Misconceptions About Upholstery and the Environment
Luxury auto brands like Chrysler, BMW, Ram, and Fiat have all been particularly involved in this move toward sustainability alternatives. For most, they have been incorporating lower impact selections in their trim and detail work for at least the last five years. This shift has become so strong that many of these once ‘alternatives’ are no longer substitutes but rather standard practice in design and execution processes.
Many individuals also assume that sustainable efforts result in a dilution or dismissal of quality. UCLA School of Management and UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability professor Magali Delmas performed research demonstrating that quality, luxury, and function are actually integrated very easily and commonly with sustainable products and services.
Upholstered furniture, decor, vehicles, offices, or homes are inherently acting with sustainable measures in mind. This is because when an item is reupholstered, it is quite literally reusing and repurposing an existing item instead of purchasing and/or providing demand for another item.
Think of it this way:Instead of pooling your time and money into shopping around for another expensive sports car, you decide to look into updating and reviving the niche classic car you currently own. Now, the vehicle you own is not going to the dump or being sold off, further saturating the market with more vehicles. The only additions you require are completely specialized refurbishments toward your vehicle with minimal fabric, textiles, or paneling excess. Ultimately, reupholstery allows you to reinvent the article you already have with nuanced and personalized features that better suit your needs as well as the environment’s needs.
On top of all of this, sometimes our favorite things have become investments but their value is built on sentimental factors, not just monetary expense. Maintaining and even improving upon that worth with contemporary relevance or nostalgic restoration can significantly benefit the item or the experience with it.
Sustainability and Increased ChoiceSome argue that reupholstery is just sticking a band aid on a bigger problem. Others claim that it is adding to the problem. Ultimately, though, there are so many alternative products available in the market that work the same, if not better, than the originals…. And they are sustainable!
This offers individual customers the opportunity to self-select sustainable textiles and accessory features that not only improve their experience but work more efficiently for the environment. This also challenges the industry’s market to consider more environmentally conscious practices and operations through unique consumer populations driving demand with sustainable buying trends. The industry needs to suit the buying power of individuals, not the other way around.
Taking the decision-making power back into your hands by considering and asking your upholstery professional about what sustainable measures you can take to elevate your collections and experiences can give you the luxury comfort you have been seeking.