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History Leopard skin upholstery

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by birdman1, Jan 27, 2021.

  1. Imagine how big that fucking cheetah was! :eek:
  2. vinny harms
    Joined: Nov 23, 2019
    Posts: 285

    vinny harms
    from Texas

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  3. not sure what old school that would be .......
  4. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 11,175

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    That’s probably the old school that all the short busses went to :D
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  5. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 7,055

    from Oregon

    Some old school crap doesn't interest me at all. If I had to put leopard pattern interior in to be old school, I'll pass on old school. Too many other old school choices that are much more appealing.
  6. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 7,961

    from Nicasio Ca

  7. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,475


    It's only Traditional if it comes from real leopards.
  8. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 5,081


    I think a lot of the leopard print stuff is some Neo-traditional rockabilly nonsense. The punk rock influence on the old car scene of the last 30 years.

    That being said, animal print/hides are no stranger to custom interiors. On the Kopper Kart, Barris used unborn calf skin inserts in the seats. Here is a picture of the clone, which used 8 hides to cover the seat inserts and portions of the door panels.

  9. Back in the early 60s there was this guy in my small home town that had a nice looking 34 Chevy 2 door with a Corvette mill in it according to people who knew him. He liked to show off and one day he lost control of it on our "cruise" boulevard and rolled it into a tractor trailer. A few months after that I was scouting the countryside for old cars when I saw it in his yard. Not really damaged all that bad, could be fixed, no engine or trans, but when I looked inside it was totally upholstered in leopard skin print...everywhere. Even for the $35 he wanted for it, I couldn't see myself owning it. Just over the top, even for this redneck.
  10. GeeRam
    Joined: Jun 9, 2007
    Posts: 435


    My good friend here in the UK really wanted to do leopard print inserts on his '48 Plymouth vert, when he redid the interior on that about 15 years ago, but couldn't find a suitable upholstery grade fabric here in the UK to do it at the time. So, he had to settle on tan Bedford cord inserts with the dark red leather border rolls and edges.
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  11. Fry
    Joined: Nov 14, 2002
    Posts: 947

    from SK, Canada

    In this thread I posted an article
    in which it states that in 53, the trend was going away from leopard prints and unborn calf to more conservative interiors.
    So depending on the era your are emulating it is as traditional as a you can get, for a hot rod, but sounds like not so much for a custom or "cool rod".
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  12. Murphy32
    Joined: Oct 17, 2007
    Posts: 741

    from Minnesota

    ….Weiner Products (hehehe)
  13. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 4,496

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    LOL,so wayback in 1960,I got $75 Henry J with a broken tranny, an raggy seats, first move was get a tranny from junkyard an stop by Western Auto to get one headlight n some tie over seat covers> Only thing they had that fit the bad seat in"J" was Leopard pattern!*$6.99 . Ok,maybe I can dye them later,so got those{ nope the dark blue dye,didn't really work,still showed spots ,but now ugly blue Leopard. Looked good at night/the headliner light didn't work,LOL .
    And 2 weeks later went back to junkyard an got a 1955 Chevy Nomad front seat/nice ,but I had to make costum seat side panels> it was too wide with the stock Chevy seat ends,but I could close the doors with out Chevy factory seat side ends.
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  14. 40two
    Joined: Feb 19, 2012
    Posts: 1,910


    A-Bombers 2019 1725.jpg

    ...not exactly leopard upholstery, but close to it......
  15. J. A. Miller
    Joined: Dec 30, 2010
    Posts: 1,692

    J. A. Miller
    from Central NY

    Big cats are dangerous - but a little pussy never hurt anyone.

  16. Imagine if it was a “nude “ interior :eek:
    If it’s really offending some of you let me know and I’ll take it down


    but I guess leopard print can look good !:D
  17. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 3,265


    I was going to do the seats in my chopped, multi primered '31 Tudor in black leather with Cheetah print inserts. Unfortunately I sold it before I got around to the upholstery. I wanted it to be a little edgy but not a rat.
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  18. Mr. Plas you couldn't offend me if you tried :D
  19. 1pickup
    Joined: Feb 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,106


    It's not for everybody. Only those of us who don't have to have the same thing everybody else has. Here's one I did for myself, and recently sold. So, there are other cool kids out there...
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  20. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 7,272


    Probably what inspired “Pimp My Ride”. Mercy;)
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  21. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,587


  22. Guy Patterson
    Joined: Nov 27, 2020
    Posts: 270

    Guy Patterson

    more like hurt my eyes
  23. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
    Posts: 2,819


    With that small of a waist and would think she would just fall over:p
  24. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 3,464

    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

    Only, PEG, can pull it off. Well, maybe also Wilma and Betty...
  25. Early 70's I worked in Detroit. Regularly saw a 69-70 DeVille convertible with Leopard skin print top and interior to match on the north/northwest side of town.
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  26. Yes I see you've got your brand new leopard skin pill box
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  27. Should’ve done the carpet as well.
    I like it.
  28. grumpy65
    Joined: Dec 19, 2017
    Posts: 925


    I couldn't agree more. I don't think I would be able to pull it off fast enough.......................:rolleyes:
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  29. chrisp
    Joined: Jan 27, 2007
    Posts: 870


    Factory optional tiger upholstery in a Panhard PL17
  30. Torchie
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
    Posts: 1,076


    Once upon a time I had a vision of doing a old hearse in Satin Black with a leopard print Vinyl roof.
    I was going to call it "The Killer" after Jerry Lee Lewis and his Black Jacket with the leopard print collar and lapels.
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