After an exhaustive study of green leather color swatches, we ordered an entire leather hide for Gumby’s custom interior, and our first “cow” arrived today. A fat cow in South Germany has given it’s life for beef products and we are the lucky recipients of its hide, which will provide a new green skin for Gumby’s dashboard, seats and panels.
This hide came from Germany, where, I am told, the cows have no humps (so yield is greater), the fences have no barbed wire (so the leather is not scratched), and the result is the best covering you can get for an auto interior. The car that effectively started Bugeyeguy deserves nothing less.
Above you can see the car’s namesake (who is cable-tied to the rear view mirror) wearing his new leather toga. The shades of green are all over the place in these photos (depending on how much LED light was present) but the “aloe thorn” green we chose looks really cool with the Aston racing green color scheme that is unfolding on this car. We’ll get more pictures posted as the interior comes together. In the bigger picture at left, you can see the entire hide un-rolled and laid-out over my car. Soon, the cutting and sewing begins.
We had our hide custom-dyed to match our green theme on Gumby and also had the leather embossed with a more textured pebble-grain finish, to make this leather interior that much more special. We are very excited to be pushing the Bugeye interior envelope with this car. We are confident that this developmental project will inspire many more new custom interiors that honor the Bugeye’s past while providing the high level of fit and finish often demanded by our clients.
Bugeyes, as you might know, all came from the factory with vinyl seat, dash and panel covers. But for high-end modified projects like Gumby (and others to follow), only the finest hide will do.