by Rafael Abramyan (last updated November 29, 2015)
Ferrari owners hire me to reupholster, re-trim and repair the interiors of their Ferraris usually as part of long term restoration project.
I have earned an excellent reputation for my custom auto upholstery skills on many classic Ferrari show car winners that have subsequently been sold for millions of dollars at prestigious auctions.
My preference is reupholstering Gran Turismo (GT) Ferraris from the 1960s, as well as Testarossas in the 1980s and 1990s. Whether you own a Coupe or Spyder, GTB, GTC, GTE, GTL, GTO or GTS, I have the expertise to reupholster any Ferrari road car model, including but not limited to, the 195, 206, 212, 225, 246, 250, 275, 308, 330, and 365.
All of these exotic Ferraris have become highly prized by Ferrari collectors around the world for their sheer elegance and exquisite beauty. Fully restored Ferrari classics easily command prices in the millions of dollars at auctions and proudly shown at Concours d'Elegance shows in California.
My full interior Ferrari restorations include reupholstering all interior parts to their original design and color specifications, like Ferrari seats, dashboards, steering wheels, consoles, headliners, carpets, door panels, and trunks. I only use the finest leathers and fabrics in the world to restore a Ferrari interior to the same, or better, condition than the factory original.
Below is my portfolio of sample interior Ferrari restorations. No job is too difficult for me to create another Concours d'Elegance Ferrari show car winner.
Ferrari auto upholstery and restoration projects, please contact:
Car Classic Interiors
15735 Strathern Street
Los Angeles, CA 91406
August 2015: This Ferrari (#0295EU) is considered to be 1 of 2 prototypes of the 250 Europa. It is one of the most historically significant road cars in Ferrari's history.
It carries coachwork by Vignale. It was shown at the Paris Motor Show in October 1953. A more detailed history of this Ferrari coupe has been documented by Marcel Massini, an expert on Ferrari history and restoration.
My role on this important Ferrari restoration team project was to reupholster the trim and interior. Perfect Reflections in Hayward, CA was responsible for the body and paint, Patrick Otis in Berkely, CA for mechanical, and Lawrence Elliott in Los Angeles, CA for authentification throughout all the assembly and restoration stages.
It was entered into competition at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
August, 2014: Working with Ferrari restoration specialist Lawrence Elliott in Los Angeles, I reupholstered the interior of a rare 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Boano Coupe that classic Ferrari collectors love for its attractive low-roof design.
The client requested I custom upholster the carpeted center tunnel, parcel shelf behind the front seats, engine hood pad, trunk hood pad and trunk walls with the same diamond-quilted pattern I've used in the past for Ferrari Lussos.
I covered the roll bar in leather. I used the same interior leather color for the door panels, rear panels, dash panel, floor mats, fuse box, luggage belts and liner.
Only about 5 dozen 250 GTs were crafted by Carrozzeria Boano at the behest of Pinin Farina. It's very rare they come to auction but when they do they command hefty prices. For example, on August 17, 2013, a 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Boano Coupe that won the 2000 Concours Italiano was sold at RM Auctions in Monterey for $726,000.
This particular Boano Coupe has the aluminum body. It's V-12 engine produces 240 hp.
Complete Ferrari interior restoration - Ferrari seat restoration, Ferrari dashboard restoration, Ferrari steering wheel restoration, Ferrari carpet restoration, Ferrari door panel restoration, Ferrari trunk restoration.
April 2014: Another rare 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso (GT/L) (#4437) went through a complete restoration at my shop.
Ferrari only produced 350 GT Lusso's between mid 1963 and early 1964. Today they are extremely rare and can easily get sold at auction for over $1,000,000 depending on its condition and owner history. For example, a fully restored Ferrari 250 GT Lusso owned by Steve McQueen sold at Christie's Monterey auction for $2,310,000!
This example marked my 3rd Ferrari Lusso restoration. I've reupholstered a 1964 GT Lusso in silver/red and a 1964 GT Lusso in blue/tan.
This Ferrari was reupholstered with the original red Connolly leather.
August 2013: I consider the Lusso the most elegant of Ferraris in the 1960s. It filled a void left between the sporty 250 GT SWB and the luxurious 250 GTE 2+2.
It's extremely rare to see a 250 GTL since Ferrari only produced 351 from January 1963 to August 1964!
An old time customer acquired a 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, and hired me to complete its interior restoration.
The original exterior was Ferrari red, but now it's Navy blue. The front seats and rear boot space (with its parcel shelf covered in quilted leather) is now the original J4104 Bisquit color Connolly leather. The dash is the original black Connolly leather.
This latest Ferrari restoration project reminds me of another 1964 Ferrari Lusso restoration I completed many years ago. That Ferrari was silver exterior/red interior. Very hot!
November 2014: Working alongside Lawrence Elliott, a distinguished Ferrari restoration expert in Los Angeles, I reupholstered this yellow 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4. Only 330 examples were ever built by Scaglietti by the end of 1968.
Lawrence told me his customer was tired of the tan interior. He wanted black leather seats, black on black door panels, and grey carpeting instead. Because he required everything look 100% original, I removed the radio compartment box next to the emergency brake, as well as the rear speakers from the rear seat compartment.
As you can see from the Before vs After pictures, the interior transformation is remarkable. I followed every detail to match the original 275 GTB/4 factory specs, including the original screws to bolt the Ferrari door sills and door panels.
It's amazing to think how this Ferrari 275 GTB/4 could hit 165 mph back in 1967. Under the hood is the original short-block Colombo motor. This 3.3 L 4-cam V12 produced 300 hp.
On August 16, 2014, another 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 sold for $10,175,000.
UPDATE: On 8/15/2014 this car was sold at Bonhams in Monterey, CA for $1,017,500.
I reupholstered this exquisite 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC (#10007) that was completed at the factory in May 1967, recorded as Pininfarina job no. 255.
The body was painted in the authentic original shade of Celeste Chiaro Metallizzato. The interior was reupholstered using beige leather hides and complementary blue carpets.
Only about 600 Ferrari 330 GTCs were produced from 1966 to 1968. Maranello connoisseurs would probably agree with me that this 2-seat coupe is more quiet and easier to drive than its predecessor.
September 2015: I worked with the same marque team of specialists who restored a 1967 Ferrari GTC by Pininfarina in 2014. The team includes Perfect Reflections in Hayward, CA for body and paint, Patrick Otis in Berkely, CA for mechanical, and Lawrence Elliott for authentification throughout every step of the restoration process.
I furnished the same level of attention to detail reupholstering the trim and interior of a 1967 Ferrari GTS by Pininfarina (#9691).
Only 99 Ferrari 330 GTS Spiders were built from late 1966 through the fall of 1968. I believe #9691 was the 18th built.
A 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS by Pininfarina (#10719) sold at auction on April 27, 2013 for $1,936,000. On May 10, 2014 it was sold again at auction in Monaco for $3,327,000. Now that's how you flip a car to make a nice return on your investment!
This car was not auctioned or entered into competition at the Pebble Beach Concours de'Elegance. However, another 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS by Pininfarina (#9781) was sold for a confidential amount on August 15, 2015 in Monterey.
February 2012: Classic 1960s Ferraris are rare to see, let alone work on them. A friend referred me to his friend who asked I reupholster specific parts for his 1969 Ferrari 365 GTC.
While most customers usually want me to completely re-do their interior with brand new leather, panels, carpeting, liner, etc, this Ferrari owner had specific upholstery repair, installation, and fabrication needs.
For example, I had to repair a tear in the passenger side "C" pillar interior vinyl, and remove/reinstall the existing red leather at the inside of the door sills to remove sharp bumps underneath.
I had to install black trim on the passenger side "A" and "B" pillar and rear quarter window, and driver side "B" pillar and rear quarter window.
Last, I fabricated sun visors (both sides) to match the cream color vinyl headliner, as well as a plain black glove box liner and center console lift-out protector pad.
I'm thrilled have worked on this 365 GTC. I believe there were only 168 ever made before Ferrai introduced the GTC/4 in 1971. It's cool how Ferrari placed black vents in the back corners of the hood.
October 2014: The owner of this 1972 Ferrari 365 Daytona Spyder just wanted me to reupholster the Ferrari seats, carpeting, convertible top, steering wheel and dashboard.
This Ferrari Daytona is a 365 GTB/4 that had a Spyder conversion post-factory (not associated with Ferrari or Scaglietti). While still gorgeous, it is not as rare as a 365 GTS/4. Only 122 factory-made 365 GTS/4 were ever produced.
April 2015: A long time customer dropped off his white 1989 Ferrari Testarossa (VIN: ZFFSG17A2K0079782) for a full interior restoration.
After 25 years, the original white leather seats and black dashboard were cracking, fading, and losing their shiny luster. Little scratches and misalignments were visible everywhere.
He asked me to reupholster all the interior parts back to their original "factory new" condition. This project included the seats, dashboard, carpets and matts, door panels, kick panels, center console, seat belts, headliner and visors.
It was a wise investment because another 1989 Ferrari Testarossa sold for $242,000 at RM Auctions in August 2014.
May 2013: I just finished replacing the leather dashboard on a 1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello for 100% original mouse fur. I thank Re-Originals for helping me locate the mouse fur in Italy.
July 2014: The owner of this 2002 Ferrari 360 Spider wanted me to convert his standard beige factory leather seats to Daytona style seats.
I hand-stitched red piping along the seat edges, inserted the Daytona style lumbar stripe patterns to the seat's back and bottom cushions, and added red embroidery to the Ferrari logo inlaid on the head rests.
When the convertible top is down, these custom Daytona seats look awesome with the Rosso Corsa exterior color.