1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta "Tour de France" interior restoration.
The re-trim of this iconic Ferrari was entrusted to us at O'Rourke Coachtrimmers with the simple goal of recreating the interior to as close to original as possible. With this knowledge we set about carefully dismantling the old interior with a forensic approach. During this process we had some really interesting and vital discoveries that led us to find that this car was originally trimmed in a very unique combination of red velvet and vinyl.
According to the original factory build sheet the car left the factory with a red interior and was destined to be restored in red vinyl. However, when we removed the door panels we found remnants of original red velvet still attached under the existing non original trim. From this we managed to source new but correct material. This is an example of a standard restoration that quickly turned into a unique find in the classic Ferrari world!
After the door panels we set about carefully removing the old seat covers which led to further evidence of the red velvet being used for the seat centers and inner side bolsters. The seats still had the original latex foam mouldings, these would normally show signs of flutes in the centres of the seats, however these mouldings had no lines or markings to suggest they were trimmed with flutes originally.
The finished car went onto be displayed at the Salon Prive Concours in 2015 where it was awarded a Best in Class trophy. For more finished pictures please click here.