After the overhaul of the Triumph TRs in the early 1960s with a somewhat radical redesign by Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti, the majority of the interior trim items were also completely updated, with various new techniques introduced allowing for changes to the overall aesthetics of the upholstery. The leading edge of the B Post Pillars featured a small triangular millboard panel at the lower edge, which acted as an extra reinforced “gusset” pad for the closing of the door panels. For the TR4 and TR4A models, it was only the inside of the cabin area that was covered with this assembly panel – with the outside ridge and edge being left as bare exposed metalwork. For the TR5, TR250 and TR6 models – this B Post Finish panel was made slightly larger with a crease to follow the ridge of the gusset, and excess material that was folded around and over to cover up the external-facing bodywork area of the gusset.
These reinforcement assembly cover pads were millboard panels covered in Vynide (Leathercloth) when leaving the original factory production line. Commonly these days, this material is superseded with Vinyl (Ambla), although Leathercloth (Vynide) is still available if requested (colour dependent). Very few cars, if any, would have left with Leather covers – and if they did, this would have been a special order item. Note when “Leather” is mentioned on the heritage certificates, this is often referring to the only the Seats, with other elements of the car remaining in Leathercloth (Vynide) / Vinyl (Ambla). See our FAQs for more information.
John Skinner Ltd panels are templated using the original factory designs – and have been tried and tested for decades on thousands of cars around the world – with John himself owning various TRs over the years – allowing us trial fit these panels first hand. All of our panels are cut on our in-house CNC machine attaining millimetre precision and accuracy each time; and are made using the correct thickness and automotive-grade millboard material for the era. These panels can be upholstered in either Vinyl (Ambla) or Leather; the latter option being skived (thinned) to avoid any extra bulk compromising the fitment. Through our first-hand knowledge, ownership and fitment of parts to these cars – and our investment in machinery allowing us to mass-produce suitable parts for these various cars – further goes to illustrate why we are considered the leading interior trim manufacturers for Triumph TRs, and have been for over 40 years now.
- Available in Leather, Vinyl (Ambla) or Leathercloth (Vynide).
- Two options of automotive-grade leather available to choose from – “grained” or “smooth” surface finish.
- Backing boards are pre-cut on our in-house CNC machine using automotive-grade 2.2mm millboard, and creased along the bottom edge to ease fitment into the car (TR5/TR250/TR6 models only).
- If ordered in leather, these parts are supplied pre-thinned/skived, at no extra cost.
- Made in England, only 50 miles away from the original production line.
- We source only the highest quality raw materials to manufacture our products – including leather from Italy and Scotland.
- John Skinners offer the widest range of colour options on the market – including all the correct original colour combinations, as well as many more custom shades.
- Worldwide material and colour samples service is available upon request, to ensure you get the look and finish your car deserves.
- Our kits are manufactured using the same methods and templates that we have used to great success for 40+ years. Rest assured, we know they fit!
- JSM has contributed to various notable Triumph restorations including TS01, and the much-publicised Triumph TR2 “Jabbeke“ MVC575 restoration project. We also worked closely with Mark Macy of Macy’s Garage (USA) on his wife’s TR4 – becoming the only Triumph TR to ever score the perfect 100-point score in the TRA Concours D’Elegance back in 2018. Mark Macys own TR4 came in second place, at the same show – also with JSM trimmed fitted.
- Access to help and advice when it comes time to fit these panels – we have been making and fitting these same parts for a long time – we know all the tricks, and we are more than happy to assist you or your trimmer should you get stuck. As noted above, John himself has used this part on a number of his own TRs, so we are well versed in the fitment process.
DISCOUNT – purchase this item as part of our Trim Panel Kit bundle to receive a cheaper price.