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> Red Plaid Seats?, Was it a rare option?
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post Nov 29 2007, 11:28 PM
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My '75 has plaid seats I think they are fairly cool, but am unsure if I want to get them reupholstered back to plaid, or just go with black. Can anyone give me a little history lesson?

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post Nov 29 2007, 11:50 PM
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I don't think they were particularly rare on the 75/76.

Original ones in useable condition, these days, are probably pretty rare.

I've always thought they were kinda cool.

If you were to get them redone, could you get the original fabric, or would you have to substitute something that just looks similar?
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post Nov 29 2007, 11:58 PM
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QUOTE(914-8 @ Nov 29 2007, 10:50 PM) *

I don't think they were particularly rare on the 75/76.

Original ones in useable condition, these days, are probably pretty rare.

I've always thought they were kinda cool.

If you were to get them redone, could you get the original fabric, or would you have to substitute something that just looks similar?


I have heard it is possible to get the original fabric (could be rumor). I have seen the same color and design for sale ....chances are it would end up being a lookalike job.

It is kinda funky retro, but I do like the uniqueness of it... (after all how many car owners can say their car has plaid seats) ...kinda like the Levi's interior on the AMC Gremlins.
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post Nov 30 2007, 07:05 PM
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Material is pretty readily available. They had red, yellow, blue & (Ithink) green plaid interiors in 75 & 76. My understanding is that all are still available, as aftermarket.

Keep it plaid, like it came!

I think it's cool & a period piece.

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post Dec 1 2007, 05:08 PM
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there is the Westy Camper plaid which has been remade available from several sources...not a prefect match and heavier cloth but such is life.

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post Dec 2 2007, 01:32 AM
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QUOTE(Pat Garvey @ Dec 1 2007, 02:05 AM) *
They had red, yellow, blue & (Ithink) green plaid interiors in 75 & 76.

a little more

check out that various interiors were available with different exterior colours




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post Dec 10 2007, 07:20 PM
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Attached ImageMy yellow 75 came with red plaid seats. Under the vinyl when I bought it.

I looked for awhile, but not that hard, and didn't find any plaids origional to the 914 while I was looking. I went with a McCloud Yellow Tartan which was similar to a yellow plaid available see picture above. Not available in 75 IIRC. But shhhh! Don't tell anyone.

You can get custom tartans or plaids if you order enough and are willing to wait long enough. IIRC the guy I bought mine from said a Fairlane group had just placed an order matching one of the origional plaids for Ford.
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post Dec 10 2007, 09:12 PM
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QUOTE(Gustl @ Dec 1 2007, 11:32 PM) *

check out that various interiors were available with different exterior colours

Note that for every paint code in 1975 they had matched a specific plaid to it.
45 A1 L041 Black
40 B3 L13K Sun / Sunflower Yellow
43 B5 L11D Berber Yellow
45 B8 L80E Light Ivory
44 E5 L20C Nepal Orange
45 H3 L31M Scarlet / Ibiza Red
47 H5 L30C Malaga Red
48 J1 L50C Laguna / Lagoon Blue
40 M7 L64K Zambezi / Forest Green
81 W2 L99K Metallic Copper
80 X5 L97B Metallic Ancona Blue
42 Y1 L95K Metallic Palma Green
81 Z4 L97A Metallic Diamond Silver
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post Dec 11 2007, 11:39 AM
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If I am reading your list correctly the first 2 digits correspond to the plaid and the last 4 the paint then I wonder what the deal with my car.

My car is L13K ("Summer Yellow" in 1975 not "Sunflower Yellow") but I found red plaid seats under a crapy recover job that match color 45.

I thought it was a strange combination myself. I was pretty sure I have seen a brochure for 1975 that did not show the yellow plaid but had red and other plaids as an option. So I figured that was the answer. I will try and find that brochure it was probably on this site.

I am not trying to disagree. Just trying to collect knowledge.
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post Dec 11 2007, 03:04 PM
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Matt, yes the first column is the tartan type, the second is the paint code they used, the third is the paint code that is actually used on the Karmann badge, and the last column is the name of the paint. If the tartan in your car does not match the paint code, then there is a very high probability that the seats are not original to the car.
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post Dec 11 2007, 04:48 PM
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Tartan is cool. Not original but My next 914 will be Revenna with # 43 tartan.
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post Dec 11 2007, 06:00 PM
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Did you know there is a town in Ohio called Ravenna?
But the colour was named after a city in Italy of the same name.
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post Dec 13 2007, 12:53 AM
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QUOTE(davep @ Dec 10 2007, 08:12 PM) *

QUOTE(Gustl @ Dec 1 2007, 11:32 PM) *

check out that various interiors were available with different exterior colours

Note that for every paint code in 1975 they had matched a specific plaid to it.

45 B8 L80E Light Ivory


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post Dec 15 2007, 01:31 AM
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Does anyone know of a source for the red tartan.
I can find any.
Would love to find some.
Thanks
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post Dec 15 2007, 03:18 PM
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Those who are replacing tartans, please try to save me a section big enough for a complete pattern. That way we can have some samples for use when trying to find a supplier. Contact me for shipping details.
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post Dec 16 2007, 03:25 PM
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I just purchased a 76 that has the red #47 seats, and driver has a small tear in it. I called George from Auto Atlanta and he said he has the original material $400.00 and is enough for two seats. He also added hed would redo for a cost of $150.00 each seat, if this helps!
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QUOTE(jkp2240 @ Dec 16 2007, 02:25 PM) *

I just purchased a 76 that has the red #47 seats, and driver has a small tear in it. I called George from Auto Atlanta and he said he has the original material $400.00 and is enough for two seats. He also added hed would redo for a cost of $150.00 each seat, if this helps!
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Cool! Thant does help! Thanks John!
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post Jan 27 2008, 12:43 PM
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I found the correct tartan cloth for my 924 in Scotland Browse for scottish tartan and you should be able to find what you are looking for. In SA it was very expensive Abour R3000 which should translate to about $250 It was identical to the original My 924 turbo used tartan from the Mclauchlin clan.
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Thanks for the welcome
As far as I know only 30 914,s were sent to SA
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