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Mercedes plaid seat covers

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#1 GAH

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 00:27

Does anyone know the origin of the 1950's plaid seat covers used by Mercedes Benz in their competition cars?


#2 WDH74

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 04:52

Wasn't it just a factory seat pattern? I've seen 300SL's with factory plaid cloth seats, it wouldn't surprise me if the racing team would use the same fabric. Whether to provide a link to production cars, or because it was lighter or something, I don't know.

I don't have any books on the topic of Mercedes racing cars, and a quick shufti around the internet doesn't throw anything up.

#3 Tim Murray

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 05:46

Discussed in this earlier thread without any real conclusion:

Whence Mercedes-Benz tartan?

Interesting, though, that according to Moss each works driver had his own colour seat cover.