Arguably, the Porsche 911 is the most iconic sportscar in the world. Almost everything about it has been (or is) a talking point, such as its swooping profile, the hugely successful racing history, its place in pop culture, or its rear engine… to name a few.
But it also has had its say in style and fashion. Then again, how can it not be since the 911 has been in production for 57 years or so; this nameplate has been around since the post-war growth to the hippie era; from the Wall Street frenzy to the Silicon Valley bubble and everything in between.
So when Porsche invited Hollywood fashion stylist Ilaria Urbinati to rate the best seat patterns ever for the sportscar – together with two styling experts from Porsche – it wasn’t too surprising that fabric was a very prominent material. After all, the 70s through to the 90s was quite a weird time in automotive design. In any case, take a look at these. Dare to adapt it on leather, anyone?
It begins with the Porsche 928's red and white stripes and a special feature on its headrests: the signature by Ferry Porsche. The colour contrast between the fine white lines and the wider burgundy stripes makes this interior a real eye-catcher.
Porsche 911 (G-Series)
Pinstripes! This time in maroon and white. The G-Series is the last 3.2-litre 911 ever built, and left the Zuffenhausen factory in 1989. The combination of Carrera White Metallic paint and pinstripe interior design is a fitting tribute to this finale for the second-gen 911.
Porsche 911 Turbo “Louise”
The interior is almost entirely tartan, with “Louise” taking after the name of Louise Piech, daughter of Ferdinand Porsche who is the founder of the Porsche company. The striking pattern comes as no surprise as Louise was an avid painter.
This particular car is owned by the Porsche Museum, and bears the chassis number 57 to make it the oldest 911 derivative under the care of the gallery. The pattern of the interior is called “Pepita” and is considered to be truly iconic in the fashion world.
Porsche 911 Targa SC
This 'Pasha' pattern is easy enough to recognise – it’s inspired from the checkered flag used in motor racing. This particular Targa SC was produced in the summer of 1977, and boasts a colour choice of navy blue with black contrasts.
It would be interesting to see how these iconic Porsches and its upholstery could be reinterpreted in the modern era. Perhaps a bold and ambitious owner would opt for an equally captivating design but utilising leather. Here at DK SCHWEIZER we would love that challenge, so get in touch with us and see what we can do.