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Our Notable Restorations

26th OCT 2022

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From the Jaguar E-Type Cut 7 to the first production Triumph TR TS01, we have been the choice for many notable restorations.

Our interiors have been featured in ‘perfect score’ Concours d’Elegance award winners and appeared throughout F1 Grand Prix Drivers’ Parades.

With our worldwide reputation, we are known throughout the industry to provide the expertise, in-depth knowledge and attention to detail that these historic and high-profile restorations demand. Here are some highlights of noteworthy restorations that John Skinner trim has been a part of.

King Carl XVI Gustaf's Daimler Princess

In 2018, we were extremely privileged to be contacted to contribute Grey Wool Carpet material towards the restoration of the Daimler Princess belonging to the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf.

Jaguar Daimler Princess Exterior
The Jaguar Daimler Princess belonging to King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
Jaguar Daimler Princess Grey Wool Carpet
John Skinner’s supplied the Grey Wool Carpet for the flooring area. Our carpets are fit for a King!

Richard Hammond's Jaguar XK150 FHC

In the summer of 2020, we were approached by Neil & Anthony Greenhouse of Tram Inn Garage in Herefordshire who were undertaking the extensive restoration of Richard Hammond’s Jaguar XK150 FHC. We manufactured a complete interior trim kit in Smooth Cherry Red Leather, which included a bespoke fire extinguisher cover. It was an exciting project for us to be involved in, especially when we saw Jonathon and our factory unit featured on Richard Hammond’s Drive Tribe! You can read more about this restoration here – Richard Hammond’s XK150 FHC.

Richard Hammond driving his Jaguar XK150 FHC, all interior trim was supplied by John Skinner’s.
Richard Hammond's XK150 FHC interior in Cherry Red
We made a complete interior kit in smooth Cherry Red Leather with complementary Red Wool Carpets.

Jaguar E-Type Cut 7

In 2016, we supplied a full trim kit for the restoration of the second Jaguar E-Type FHC Cut 7, the car famously driven – and crashed – by Dick Protheroe. The full trim kit consisted of Vinyl Panels and LeatherFaced Seats in Midnight Blue with Dark Blue Wool Carpet and Hardura.

Jaguar E-Type Cut 7 Exterior
The historic Jaguar Cut 7 on the Goodwood circuit with its iconic blue nose paint.
John Skinner’s supplied a full trim kit for the Jaguar Cut 7, designed to complement the feature blue paint on the bodywork. Seats and Panels in Midnight Blue, Carpets in Dark Blue.

Triumph TR2 ‘Jabbeke’

In 2016, we worked in collaboration with Protek Engineering in their ground up restoration of the Triumph TR2 ‘Jabbeke.’ Renowned as the initial Triumph TR prototype, the Jabbeke also held the world land speed record and its success launched Triumph TR production. We supplied Trim Panels in Midnight Blue Vinyl (which included an extremely rare oval shaped door pocket hole) alongside LeatherFaced Seats and a Grey Wool Carpet with Grey Leathercloth edging. The car was exhibited at the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall in London in March 2017. Photography by Martyn Goddard, in association with TR Action Magazine and the TR Register.

Read more about this notable restoration on the TR Register

Triumph TR2 Speed Record Car Jabbeke Exterior
The Triumph TR2 Jabbeke, MVC575 – famed for breaking the Land Speed Record – on display at the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall in London in March 2017.
Triumph TR2 Speed Record Car Interior
John Skinner’s supplied the Grey Wool Carpet & Midnight Blue Panels and Seats for the historic restoration of the Triumph TR2 Jabbeke.
The Door Panels made by John Skinner for the Triumph TR2 ‘Jabbeke’ restoration before they left our workshop. They feature a very rare oval shaped door pocket hole and are trimmed in Midnight Blue Vinyl. Note the John Skinner stamp on the back of the Door Panel.

Triumph TR2 TS01

In 2013, we supplied interior trim items to Mark Macy of Macy’s Garage, Ohio, USA, for his restoration of the Triumph TR2 TS1 – the first left hand drive Triumph TR to leave the production line in 1953. We manufactured the Carpet Kit and Boot Trunk Carpet in Bright Red Wool for this prominent restoration.

Triumph TR2 TS01 Exterior
The first production Triumph TR2 TS01, restored by Mark Macy that featured Bright Red Wool Carpet supplied by John Skinner’s.

Triumph TR2 TS02

Built in 1953, the Triumph TR TR2 was the second Triumph to leave the production line, and significantly the first right hand drive of all the Triumph TR cars ever made. We supplied the Carpet Kit in Bright Red Wool.

John Skinner supplied the Carpet Kit in Bright Red Wool for the restoration of the Triumph TR2 TS02 – the second TR2 to leave the production line.

Triumph Register of America Best of Show 2018

A 1961 Triumph TR4 Surrey Top, owned and restored by Mark Macy of Macy’s Garage, Ohio, USA won Best of Show at the national meet of the Triumph Register of America (TRA) 2018, achieving the first ever 100 Point Score in the history of the TRA. We supplied Vinyl Panels and LeatherFaced Seats (TR3A style) in Midnight Blue, alongside the Boot Trunk Liner Board, Glove Box, Headliner, Sunvisors and Seat Springs.

You can read more about this historic restoration here – TR4 Wins Perfect 100 Point Score.

TR4 100 Point Score Exterior
Mark Macy’s ‘perfect’ Triumph TR4, winner of Best of Show at the TRA 2018 held in North Carolina.
Triumph TR4 100 Point Score Interior
John Skinner supplied a number of the interior trim items – including the Midnight Blue Seats and Panels – that helped scoop the ‘perfect’ score.

Triumph TR3A ‘La Dolce Vita’

We worked with Robmotor Engineering in Italy to supply the interior trim for their restoration of a 1958 Triumph TR3A that was famously driven around the Italian capital in the 1960 film ‘La Dolce Vita,’ directed by Frederico Fellini. We supplied Cherry Red Vinyl Panels and LeatherFaced Seats with White Piping, a Red Wool Carpet Kit with Cherry Red edging and a Black Boot Trunk Kit. The car returned to Rome following its restoration and went on public display in July 2016.

La Dolce Vita film with Triumph TR3A showing interior
The Triumph TR3A as featured in the 1960 La Dolce Vita film. The original interior trim with the contrast white seat piping is just visible.
Triumph TR3A La Dolce Vita interior
The restoration returned the Triumph TR3A to its original specification with the interior trim manufactured in Cherry Red with the original white piping to the seats and panels.

F1 Drivers' Parades

2018 Canadian F1 Grand Prix Drivers’ Parade with Charles Leclerc

We supplied the trim for an Austin Healey BJ8 that was featured on the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix Drivers’ Parade with Charles Leclerc and was driven by John Colgate, former Healey racing driver and co-driver to Steve McQueen at the Sebring 1962 world championship event. We supplied Panels, Seats and Armrest in Bright Red Vinyl, with a Bright Red Wool Carpet edged in Cherry Red Leathercloth and a Black Armacord Boot Trunk Kit.

2017 British F1 Grand Prix Drivers’ Parade with Valtteri Bottas

A Triumph TR6 trimmed with our interior appeared on the 2017 British Grand Prix Drivers’ Parade with Mercedes F1 driver, Valtteri Bottas. We supplied Black Leather Panels and Leather Seats with French Blue Piping. We also supplied a Saville Grey Wool Carpet Kit, a Black Wool Carpet for the Boot Trunk Area and a Hood Frame Cover in Black Mohair.

2014 Singapore F1 Grand Prix Drivers’ Parade with Pastor Maldonado

We supplied the interior for an MGA Roadster that appeared in the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix Drivers’ Parade with Pastor Maldonado. The MGA Roadster was trimmed with Cherry Red Leather Panels, Leather Seats and Armrest with a Black Wool Carpet. We also supplied the Hood and Tonneau in Black Mohair, and the Sidescreen Storage Bag in Cherry Red Vinyl.