Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Modbury (Adelaide)
If you don't like your original SKAI colour nero fumo (dark grey) you have either beer colour or fawn colour in vinyl or red or dark brown in leather. For vinyl there are no grey door card sets available. Which means you will need to have them made up from scratch (correct Alfa grey vinyl is available) you will need to salvage your stainless trims.
Some reproduction door and side cards have plastic trims instead of stainless trims. It just depends on the look you want. So you may need to have the door cards made up from scratch in black any way so no real saving at all if you want stainless trims!
I can't say if the grey interior was rare based on not being able to buy reproduction door cards.
Since you have a connection with the previous owner/history I doubt you need to check with them if it is okay, they too may prefer black.
In the end we are only minders of the cars, what ever state i.e. exterior paint colour and trim colour be it originally or not. The seats were optioned in vinyl or leather. It may matter more in the immediate future as you have indicated, as for the long term future is not an issue for you.
As to what is involved time/cost/loss in value with regards to redoing the car in black, I don't know probably a cost of $5k plus to make black( then another $5k to remove black interior, re-trim interior in grey, reinstall interior: head liner carpets etc...). Plastic parts that make up the seats are fragile and don't like being removed. Damaging/destroying these plastic parts is not what you want to be doing! So a $10k plus exercise!
I have not seen the car, but I thought from pics you really only needed to fix up the bases of the front seats, just buy some grey vinyl and get seat bases and door cards made up. More sympathetic to car's current state, of not doing too much unless you have to. Otherwise I think a complete interior could be done further down the line after your engine repairs and other mechanical repairs so your new interior does not get damaged while the other repairs are going on. From experience mechanical repairs/rebuilds of engines, diffs, gearboxes, suspension brakes are not an over night exercises (you know this already from your experience with cars). Don't forget the mechanics of the seats, steel frames of the front and rear seats, springs, clips, hinges etc, all need to be checked, painted/plated .. it all takes time .. years.
I guess you already said it yourself: it's selling point is 'if someone is looking for a totally original car', as soon as you change the interior colour to black (which is not original) you lose your selling point!
Last edited by Steve105; 05-27-2019 at 05:27 AM.