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History Black interiors - Were there any back in the day?

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Strittan, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. Strittan
    Joined: Sep 15, 2010
    Posts: 134

    from Sweden

    ... or did they not become popular until the late 60's?

    Show pictures if you got any!

    Last edited: Jan 20, 2014
  2. john worden
    Joined: Nov 14, 2007
    Posts: 1,596

    john worden
    from iowa

    Yes in this 51 Lincoln Cosmo. Stock interior with a custom top made in the late 50's

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  3. I did a black Naugahyde interior in my '29 Tudor A, built in '63. Black interiors were getting popular in NorCal by then. Probably popular earlier in SoCal.
  4. Strittan
    Joined: Sep 15, 2010
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    from Sweden

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  5. jazz1
    Joined: Apr 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,479


    I was shown a black naughahide material by a upholstery shop a few years ago and the product was heat reflective,,as in the material does not get hot in the sun and burn your ass. Something you may want to look into if you go black.
  6. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,104


    Do the Model T's that left the factory 1909-27 count? Ford made 15 Million of them. Bob :)

  7. Strittan
    Joined: Sep 15, 2010
    Posts: 134

    from Sweden

    No, I should've mentioned in the first post that I meant custom interiors. I thought people would get it as I posted in the "Traditional Customs" section.

    Thanks for the tip! I haven't decided yet though. I love white tuck n' roll but since the car has very bright colours (yellow and white) I'm thinking black would perhaps look good. But at the same time I want it to be as period correct as possible (late 50's - early 60's mild custom) which is why I started this thread.

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  8. My understanding of it, is that black became the popular trim color in the mid 60s. White was the prevailing trim color before then (to show off how clean everything is). The metallics and pearl trim colors were popular in the early 1960s
  9. my father use to do upholstery, and black was pretty relevant...I stripped alota car seats as a lad
  10. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 5,532


    Milner had black IIRC.
  11. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,765

    from California

    Milner is not traditional custom...lets keep it to the forum we are in. Thanks
  12. 1951Streamliner
    Joined: May 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,872

    from Reno, NV

    I'm sure that there were plenty of guys doing black upholstery back in the day.

    This isnt a car from back in the day, but it shows how good a black interior can look in a traditional custom....


    in this car.

  13. fatkoop
    Joined: Nov 17, 2009
    Posts: 712


    I had an all black Naugahyde interior put in my '47 Ford tudor in '66. Done in New Bedford, Ma. for $300. I still have the receipt.
  14. Deuce Daddy Don
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
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    Deuce Daddy Don

    All black naugahide front, sides, & rumble seat. In 1968.

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  15. Strittan
    Joined: Sep 15, 2010
    Posts: 134

    from Sweden

    Wow, that looks great indeed!

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  16. moffetkustoms
    Joined: Feb 2, 2011
    Posts: 150

    from granby, mo

    In my opinion, the pearl white interiors of the time were awsome! That's what I plan to put in my 50 ply custom. Tuck and roll, baby! :)

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  17. luke13
    Joined: Oct 25, 2013
    Posts: 381


    is naughahide like vinyl?
  18. jimmy1931
    Joined: Jan 13, 2012
    Posts: 728


    Naugahyde is vinyl. It is a brand name. Was one of the first produced on mass scale. Thanks to great marketing, name became synonymous with vinyl.
  19. ago
    Joined: Oct 12, 2005
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    from pgh. pa.

    So what!!
  20. Modern pearls are just top coatings. Makes the interior really tricky to clean. I wouldn't trade my pearl white tuck an roll for anything though
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2014
  21. grego31
    Joined: Aug 28, 2006
    Posts: 451

    from Sac, CA

    My 50 Ford Sedan came with a black pleated interior when I got it and I found some papers stuck under the springs, maybe to help the support and they were dated 1963.

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    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
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    from Ojai,Ca

    My 57 Chev. which I bought in 1961 had black tuck and roll, it was very popular. I took it to T.J. and had it redone. They did a great job. Car was stolen by a “friend” in 64 who stripped it . The Grim Reaper settled the score before I could.
  23. atomickustom
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
    Posts: 3,296


    Based on all the old mags and books I've read, there were always some kustoms with black interiors but they really hit popularity in the late 1950s. If that's your target era you are golden.

    On a side note, I think people on here often confuse "correct" with "popular at that time." The variety and variation of customs in the '50s was amazing & we have narrowed it way, way down to just a couple popular styles.
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  24. Greasemachine
    Joined: Feb 3, 2007
    Posts: 152

    from San Diego

    that's early for sure. Looks like black to me...

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  25. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 4,206


    My '30 roadster, no pictures, sold it decades ago...but the above post warning about the heat is true, burned my butt many times when I left the top off...still, it is cool and doesn't get stained...
  26. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 4,310

    from red oak

    Earl and Marcia Jones, Omaha Nebraska. I thought I reconized the steering Wheel on this one. Can you picture any other color than black for a guy on weekend pass from the Marines crusing around in his Chevy smoking a couple packs of cigarettes..
  27. verde742
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 5,491


    the bigger the car the more Nauga's you will have to trap, the Hyde's of a Nauga are really not very big. Fortunately they come in many colors.
  28. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 4,310

    from red oak

    Naugahyde was made by the Uniroyal Corporation. To help promote sales, they made Pillows made out of Naugahyde (that kind of looked like an owl) that was supposed to be a Naugie, or a Nauga.
  29. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,758

    Member Emeritus

    In my neck of the woods almost everybody had black upholstery back then. Oxblood was an exotic color back then. Only the show cars had white interiors.
  30. T-birds and Corvettes had all black interiors in '58 and 59 respectively, so either customizers were influencing Detroit, or Detroit influenced customizers by then.

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