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Aug272013

Can you ever have too much piping?

I am a big fan of contrast piping on 1950s cars. I happen to think this looks fanatastic. But is there a point at which it starts to look like a birthday cake?? This blue over blue example strikes me as the perfect balance. But would we feel that way if it was red with white?PS sorry for the radio silence! I was away in Italy. I have some great new photosets in the works!

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Thankfully, as I recall, Alfa always used complimentary color piping. Red on black for a red or black exterior car, white on black for a white exterior car. (I don't recall a red interior with a white car, thank goodness, or a red/red car with white piping).

The functional problem was that the upholstery on those seats separated first, and for long stretches, at the seam. I don't recall more conventionally sewn seats, including leather, being so prone to wear and tear.

Mercy, how I loved that Giulietta/Giulia cockpit! For comfort and ergonomics, it was unsurpassed in its era. (If you could live with prematurely ratty seats ;-)).
August 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPilote
Yes.
August 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAuntie Loch-Braiques
That image of the Giulietta interior brings back many memories: my first car (a heavily used 1959 Spider), red with black interior. Oddly, I do not recall contrasting piping. Maybe the seats had been redone. Several years later I had a 1969 Duetto Spider, white with black interior. It needed new carper and I chose red with black piping. I still think that was a good choice. The experience of Real Alfas at a relatively early age can change your automotive life.
September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBruce Smith

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