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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


View Poll Results: What color Vader restoration?
Red 5 27.78%
Mulberry 1 5.56%
Natural Brown 8 44.44%
Keep it black / original 4 22.22%
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Old Wed, Jun-28-2017, 06:49:56 PM   #1
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Default Interior restoration: What color change would you do?

Just looking for some suggestions on what color interior is considered most valuable/desirable for a....

Alpine White coupe (not going for 100% correct, stock look)
Current interior is black and in OK condition. Not changing carpet, or seat backs. Door cards will be matched to seat color.

Dove grey is out due to maintenance issues and keeping them looking nice.


Dark Red:


Mulberry:


Natural Brown:
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Old Wed, Jun-28-2017, 06:54:26 PM   #2
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Default Re: Interior restoration: What color change would you do?

AW on red looks amazing as always.
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Old Wed, Jun-28-2017, 07:12:44 PM   #3
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Default Re: Interior restoration: What color change would you do?

Natural brown or Modena, easy choice for me.
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Old Wed, Jun-28-2017, 09:11:36 PM   #4
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Default Re: Interior restoration: What color change would you do?

At first I thought, black only. Then I thought you had a vert in which case, ruin it with any color. Then I arrived back to black because it's an Alpine White Coupe 5spd. This car will be worth something someday. If the car doesn't match the build sheet under the back seat, I think it looks funny and cheap. That's just me.
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Old Wed, Jun-28-2017, 09:45:17 PM   #5
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Default Re: Interior restoration: What color change would you do?

Modena
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Default Re: Interior restoration: What color change would you do?

Black or brown is my vote.
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Old Thu, Jun-29-2017, 02:35:24 PM   #7
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Default Re: Interior restoration: What color change would you do?

I'm surprised at the results so far and also at the popularity of.....brown? I was leaning towards a red or mulberry interior initially, but this has me rethinking that direction. I also think the average quality of the red job pictured may also be affecting results.

Any other feedback is welcome on leather color or door card restoration.

The car in question is a terrific condition, 63K mile 98 M3, BUT it is a R title and has a TT turbo kit on it. Certainly a driver and not a collector's item. It is a perfect car if you actually want to have fun driving a E36 M3. Not really a car to show friends your last cassette tape (Foghat obviously) still plays in the late 90s headunit and the car phone doesn't work on modern networks.

After this, I can see where the timeless qualities of the original black leather would hold up better value wise. Even if the car is a fairly boring, "sea of black" from an interior POV.
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Old Thu, Jun-29-2017, 02:59:55 PM   #8
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Default Re: Interior restoration: What color change would you do?

I love the natural brown personally. Actually looked at doing a x3 in estoril with brown for my wife.
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Old Thu, Jun-29-2017, 03:11:27 PM   #9
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Default Re: Interior restoration: What color change would you do?

As someone who has dove interior and is slowly converting it to black, I would stick with black. Black interior just looks so much better than any other color imo. Although red seats on white can look good*....

*might want to hit mute
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Old Thu, Jun-29-2017, 04:01:58 PM   #10
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Default Re: Interior restoration: What color change would you do?

I love the idea of saddle brown or something. As you said, it's not a preservation piece, so somewhere outside the stock colours would be nice.
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