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Tell Us Your Car Story and You Just Might Win!

We would love to hear your story about a classic car. Tell us about a car you own or owned, or maybe just tell us a good car story from “back in the day”. Post your story along with a photo on our Facebook page. If we use it in our LeBaron Bonney Insider blog, or in an email, we’ll send you a $25.00 gift certificate you can apply to any LeBaron Bonney Company product!    

Custom Upholstery Kits Combine Original Patterns, Stitch Styles, and the Custom Fabrics of Your Dreams

It’s usually easy to find automotive restoration upholstery kits that have an original appearance. However, what if you want an awesome and ready to install upholstery kit that uses the same patterns, stitch styles and assembly techniques of the original upholstery, but is made with custom fabrics? You know; upholstery that fits just like the original, but uses fabrics the factory never dreamed of? You might be thinking; “Wouldn’t that be cool? Now what? Where do I go? This is going to cost an arm and a leg isn’t it?” Relax, LeBaron Bonney has got you covered. We’ll produce a complete and ready to install (by you or an upholstery shop) custom upholstery kit for your vehicle using the same factory original patterns, stitch styles, and production techniques that we use for our concours winning restoration interiors. Only we’ll produce it with the custom fabrics of your Kustom Dreams. You.. Read More

With EZ Boy Daily Driver Series Interiors, it’s the Fabrics that Make the Difference

Our EZ Boy Daily Driver Series Interiors were developed for individuals who want exacting fit, high quality, and a lower price point, but don’t need exacting original type materials. They’re more than happy with materials that look like those original from the factory, yet are more appropriate for casual use rather than a concours winning restoration. Let’s step back and ponder the words “lower price point”. That’s a phrase everyone likes. Who doesn’t like to save money? I know I do. But what’s the catch? There has got to be one – especially when seemingly contradictory words like “excellent fit” and “high quality” are thrown into the mix. “Lower price point” is often associated with “shortcuts”, and “I would like to return this item for a full refund”. However, sometimes with “lower price point” you can have your cake and eat it too. By the way, I also like cake… Read More

Gerald and Sons Restorations Trusts LeBaron Bonney for Quality and Fit

Gerald and Sons Restorations, in Nappanee, Indiana, is a LeBaron Bonney Authorized Installer. We spent time with company owner Gerald Hochstetler discussing his business. Q: How long have you been in business? A: Since 1981 Q: What services does your shop offer? A: We offer “ground up” restoration services, primarily for Model A’s and ’32 Fords Q: How did you get into this business? A: It started as a hobby – I always liked antique cars. I bought my first Model A in 1979 or 1980, and did restoration work on it. Now I do restorations for other people. Q: What do you like most about your business? A: I like that I can work at home with my family – my son and I do the restoration work. It’s a labor of love. I like that we can fulfill customer needs, and it’s very rewarding when we finish the project.. Read More

A Tribute to Houndstooth Fabric

ABOVE: A few examples of the Houndstooth Fabrics we offer Houndstooth fabric is a woven wool cloth that was created in Scotland in the 1800’s. The fabric is distinguished by a pattern of broken checks or abstract four-pointed shapes. Incidentally, versions of the fabric with small checks is known as Puppytooth. Houndstooth fabric was originally used to make outer garments worn by shepherds. Eventually, the fabric founds its way into high fashion in the late 1800’s, being used to make suits sold at high-end clothiers. As the 1900’s marched on, Houndstooth fabric became a status symbol for the wealthy and was used for clothing and accessories by such famous designers as Christian Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Emporio Armani. Coming from humble roots, the fabric became a star. Auto designers took notice as well. In the late 1950’s-1960’s vinyl and non-wool materials featuring Houndstooth patterns gained prominence for use in.. Read More

Hampton Coach to Announce New Buick Restoration Interiors on Father’s Day

Are you doing a Buick restoration? These fine automobiles deserve the best restoration interiors, and Hampton Coach delivers. We have supplied Buick restoration interiors to enthusiasts and installers for decades, and we’re well respected for quality, fit, and accuracy we deliver. Hampton Coach has many Buick interior kits available, with components including seat upholstery, door and interior panels, carpeting, and headliners. We have recently developed many new Buick kits, and will be announcing year and model applications this Sunday. Be sure to visit the website then! In the meantime, you can check out our current patterns for Buicks and other makes at https://www.lebaronbonney.com/cart/comp_kits.php.