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where to buy high quality seat covers for 946 Spider ?

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To help out a friend in Italy with a newly purchased 946 Spider, can anyone suggest/recommend where to purchase high quality cloth seat covers for his spider ? He's a UK expat and often over here on business and holiday.

He's not interested in 20 covers on ebay - looking for something high quality, maybe even custom made by a trimmer if viable as wants to keep the car for many years and keep it as original and fresh as possible.

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Tell him to enjoy the car as it is - he's completely missing the point of driving a stunning Italian car with a gorgeous leather interior to deface that interior with cloth covers! Madness.
What's the point in keeping it pristine for the next buyer?
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I also do not understand this. If he wants to keep the seats pristine, why not remove them from the car and lock them away and sit on a beer crate in the car? While he's at it, he should remove the engine and fit a 1.4 Ford engine or something, to keep the engine pristine. And cover the car in some of that camo cladding the vehicle manufacturers use, to keep it pristine.

Then he'll be driving an ugly, slow car, but at least it will be pristine for the next owner who can enjoy it properly.
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Reminds me of this which used to be a thing (maybe still is) in Porsche circles:
http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarti...s_med/Pic1.JPG
Even more crazy than seat covers!
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Used to see that a lot in South Africa a decade or two ago as well. Very common on Opel Astras and Toyota Corollas back in the day.
Looking a right idiot, driving around in a car with "cladding" on the nose to prevent stone chips.
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Yes, bizarre what some clowns will do.
Still, the person who buys the car off them further down the line gets all the glory of driving around in a pristine looking motor rather than the defaced one. As though the seller was saving it for the next buyer!
And if that person happens to be you or me then that's a result!
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If you want to keep a car and hope it becomes a sought after "classic" so you can sell it for a big profit some time in the future, it makes no sense to drive it at all, except every now and again a bit to keep the fluids circulating.
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I also do not understand this. If he wants to keep the seats pristine, why not remove them from the car and lock them away and sit on a beer crate in the car? While he's at it, he should remove the engine and fit a 1.4 Ford engine or something, to keep the engine pristine. And cover the car in some of that camo cladding the vehicle manufacturers use, to keep it pristine.

Then he'll be driving an ugly, slow car, but at least it will be pristine for the next owner who can enjoy it properly.
Reason could be that driving in the heat you get very sweaty with the leather seats. There are more cars here with cloth seats than leather. He could try a breaker and swap over easily. Probably cheaper than custom.
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Reason could be that driving in the heat you get very sweaty with the leather seats. There are more cars here with cloth seats than leather. He could try a breaker and swap over easily. Probably cheaper than custom.
Surely aircon's standard for the Italian market?
Even Blighty gets it as standard, though it's only really needed on a handful of days here.
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Sounds like the sort of person who used to cover their front room seats with plastic to protect them when I was young...
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Reason could be that driving in the heat you get very sweaty with the leather seats. There are more cars here with cloth seats than leather. He could try a breaker and swap over easily. Probably cheaper than custom.
Weird... I live in South Africa. This is the land where the sun lives. Leather seats have never bothered me.

I have been to the north of Italy too in the summer and driven around in an open car with leather seats and it was fine. Can't imagine that a cloth cover would change all that much anyway, unless it was backed by a quite thick layer of open-celled foam.
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Sounds like the sort of person who used to cover their front room seats with plastic to protect them when I was young...
Dear all, thanks for the responses.

Just to clarify, he looking for high quality seat covers as he lives in southern Italy where it gets regularly very hot every day in summer. Wearing shorts, leather seats are incredibly hot when you get into the car and near enough can burn you. Fortunately enough we don't have this problem in the UK with the cool and typically wet summer weather so his request no doubt seems a bit bizzare. .

He's not looking to keep the car pristine for the next user, or long enough in the hope it becomes a valuable classic to sell on. He just wants to make the initial getting in and driving it in the summer heat more comfortable. He asked me if there was something high quality, price is not a concern, especially with the pound depreciating 20% against the euro thanks to Brexit.

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This outfit in Poole specialises in VW T4/5 covers but also do bespoke for boats. It could be worth an email to seee they are interested.

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Thankyou mate that is a most helpful reply

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I guess I'm a bit weird but even with the air con I can get a sweaty back when it's 40+ and humidity here can be high. I'm not a native though so maybe different if your used to it. Most the locals drive around with the roof closed when it's hot and sunny.....
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I guess I'm a bit weird but even with the air con I can get a sweaty back when it's 40+ and humidity here can be high. I'm not a native though so maybe different if your used to it. Most the locals drive around with the roof closed when it's hot and sunny.....
Hi Fitz750,

Yes indeed, driving roof down when temperature is into the upper 30's and beyond is mad, its the reason why I've seen so few convertibles in the middle east. Roof down is usually in the evening and night time when the sun is not going to bake you in your car.
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