Please note that Jonathon Skinner is away from Friday 24th September, returning Monday 4th October. All enquiries/emails will be dealt with after this date. Thank you for your patience & understanding.

17th August 2021

Update – Retail Customers

Following on from our message in May – we thank you for your on-going patience whilst we worked through our backorders. You will be pleased to know that we have made significant progress –  and whilst we are still working through some backorders – we aim to be accepting all new retail orders again from the week commencing the 6th September 2021.

Going forward – to avoid disappointment with your restoration – we recommend that you place your order in plenty of time.

We encourage all new customers who are happy to wait to enquire using our website as follows:

Austin Healey & Triumph TR Customers – browse our extensive product library for details and pricing – selecting the products you are considering using our unique “Build a Quote” system. Once submitted, our experienced sales team can review our choices and get back in touch to discuss the finer details and send you material samples based on your choices.

Jaguar & MGA Customers – find lots of useful information and photos about the products we can offer for your restoration on the individual Model Pages for each marque/model. At the bottom of these model pages, you will find a Contact Form specific to your car – which you can fill in and submit with your restoration requirements – and one of our experienced sales team will formulate a Quote for you to get the ball rolling.

Note that all further information related to your enquiry will be processed and responded to after the 6th September 2021. 

In the meantime, Happy Browsing…

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Our Reputation

Since 1980, we’ve been the home of British Classic Car interior trim.

Forty years on, and we are still regarded as one of the leading interior trim suppliers. We know that it is our specialist knowledge combined with our commitment to quality that has given us the worldwide reputation we have today.

Concours Quality

John Skinner was one of the first founders of the classic car restoration industry, establishing John Skinner (Manufacturing) Ltd in 1980 after spotting the potential for growth within a ‘cottage industry.’ Initially starting out in spare parts, John gradually acquired the tooling, machines and materials to build his trim workshop. Today John Skinner is a ‘household name’ within the British classic car market, with interiors featured in classic car events and Concours d’Elegance competitions worldwide. A John Skinner interior has also been the choice for many classic car Club Presidents.

A 1963 Triumph TR4 with a John Skinner (Manufacturing) Ltd interior which has won a number of concours awards

 

A customer photograph of a Triumph TR6 restoration with a full leather kit from John Skinner (Manufacturing) Ltd

Kits that Fit

With a background in pattern making from a previous career, John Skinner applied this skill to create the catalogue of patterns that have helped shape our reputation for fit. By reverse-engineering patterns from original trim, our parts are made to original specification manufacture, and not after-market replica. Over the years, John has also had the pleasure of owning and restoring many of the cars we supply kits for – and has applied intelligent updates and improvements to his original designs to enable us to confidently supply what is regarded as the best fitting kits in the industry.

 

 

Expert Knowledge

John Skinner (Manufacturing) Ltd has always offered dependable advice that is respected by professional trimmers and independent enthusiasts worldwide. With our dedicated workshop, we have become experts in our field with a remarkable level of knowledge in interior trim restoration for Jaguar, Austin Healey, MGA, and Triumph TR.

Over the years, we have acquired an archive of original parts and an extensive library of over 40,000 (and counting) reference photographs from individual parts to fully trimmed cars, making us a leading resource in British classic car trim.

Our knowledge and records are so well respected that in recent years we have assisted Jaguar Landrover and their associated “Classic Works” division with various restorations and information for their own archives and presentations…truly a case of “the student becomes the master” – and one that we are very proud of.

We share our knowledge through our Handbook which is an online database of useful information on colour, trim fitting and originality.

 

 

 

John Skinner collects original trim from a Jaguar XK150 OTS

In the Press

Our reputation has led us to regular appearances in industry magazines, including The E-Type Club, XK Gazette and TR Action amongst others. We have been featured as a recommended supplier, and have been the chosen trim supplier for a number of restorers who have written contributing articles.

In 2017, we were visited by motoring journalist, James Page, for a feature article for the March 2017 editions of the E-Type Club Magazine and XK Gazette. You can read this article in full in the Handbook here.

Customer Testimonials

Our customer comments and testimonials speak for themselves. We send our kits worldwide to great acclaim from professional trim shops to first-time restorers. Renowned for quality craftsmanship, accuracy of fit and comprehensive parts, our trim kits are second-to-none and the feedback we receive from our customers demonstrates this.

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