Anyway, first order of business was to decide on where to source the leather. Because I am close friends with someone who is very particular about leather (Dino Dalle Carbonare of Speedhunters) I decided to ask him. He told me to try to get Poltrona Frau Pelle, who supposedly supply leather to Ferrari! Can't beat that. So I sent an email to them, but unfortunately after a few back and forths they were not able to help me. Frankly, not surprised at all.
Cesar had some other suggestions, one which was Hydes Leather. These guys are located in Canada, but import hides directly from Italy. Further, what was interesting to me was, they offer OEM leather used by several hi end marks - yes, including Ferrari, Bentley, Porsche, and others.
So I sent an email and soon had a swatch of black leather sent my way for comparison. I requested samples of leather in both dark grey and black for the 3 OEM brands I thought looked best on the website - Ferrari, Bentley, and Jaguar/Landrover. Once the samples arrived, I compared against the fake black leather in my car.
|Bentley grey and black, versus OEM Nissan plastic...|
|Ferrari black vs. Nissan OEM dashboard...|
|Bentley on the left, Ferrari on the right|
Cesar had instructed that the Bentley leather be skived to a thickness of 1.0mm, the ideal thickness for apply to car parts. Meanwhile, I began sourcing the various parts for the car. Then, it would just be a matter of sitting back to wait for the leather to arrive...