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GAHH running a 25% off sale

Started by orientrot, 15 October 2021, 09:02 AM

orientrot

Don't know how long it will be going on but I saw that GAHH has 25% off their entire website, puts front and rear seat reskin kits in MBTEX at $585 each and $1161 and $1081 for front and rear in leather, respectively. This puts their prices closer to some of the less expensive American options such as topsonline and German Auto Tops (apparently bought out by GAHH?). I went ahead and finally bought a set of rear covers for my car and a set of fronts for my dad's 300D. I'm debating getting a set of fronts as well but I should probably instead put that money towards new rear seat pads since mine, although intact and not yet crumbling replacements, are rock hard.
75 450SEL
80 300SD- ZF8 OM606 superturbo
83 300D- 6-speed M111 Kompressor
84 300D- 5-speed OM617
92 300D- 722.6 OM603 3.5
93 190E 2.6 Sportline LE x2- 6-speed M111 turbo, 3.0 M103
02 C320 Wagon
03 Sprinter 2500
06 E500 4Matic Wagon

Rolo

I did my drivers seat a couple years ago with their covers.  Finish was mat and not a good match.  Quality is good.  I guess it will shine up in another 47 years.

Jan S

Does anyone have pictures of these specific leather seats, front or rear?
1975-mod W116 450 SE with 6.9 engine

UTn_boy

Quote from: Rolo on 07 November 2021, 10:33 AM
I did my drivers seat a couple years ago with their covers.  Finish was mat and not a good match.  Quality is good.  I guess it will shine up in another 47 years.

Likely not.  Your car originally had Roser surface dyed leather.  What you bought from GAHH is vat dyed with a matching color coat of PVC sprayed on top.  This type of leather can't be treated/fed (due to the non-penetrable PVC coating),  and never matches in color. 
1966 250se coupe`, black/dark green leather
1970 600 midnight blue/parchment leather
1971 300sel 6.3, papyrus white/dark red leather
1971 280sel Black/black leather
1973 300sel 4.5, silver blue metallic/blue leather
1979 450sel 516 red/bamboo

Jed

So Aaron,

Is there a better option than GAAH? I was under the understanding that GAAH was one of the best options? I have a 66 250SE (W111) that needs new leather throughout.  Can you recommend something closer to the original?

thanks
jed
1979 Mercedes 6.9 #5206 - restored
1979 Mercedes 6.9 #6424 - ongoing restoration
1976 Mercedes 6.9 #484 - restoration?

Jan S

1975-mod W116 450 SE with 6.9 engine

Jed

1979 Mercedes 6.9 #5206 - restored
1979 Mercedes 6.9 #6424 - ongoing restoration
1976 Mercedes 6.9 #484 - restoration?

floyd111

I mentioned it before: It's quite easy to get 40% off at GAHH, with a bit of effort. 8)

daantjie

Yes you can source from Hydes here in Vancouver area, but I think they just supply the leather and then you still have to take it to a trim shop.
Daniel
1977 450 SEL 6.9 - Astralsilber

UTn_boy

Quote from: Jed on 07 November 2021, 07:40 PM
So Aaron,

Is there a better option than GAAH? I was under the understanding that GAAH was one of the best options? I have a 66 250SE (W111) that needs new leather throughout.  Can you recommend something closer to the original?

thanks
jed

Yes, there are two better, more correct options than what GAHH supplies.  There is Aeristo in Grand Prairie, Tx, and HYDES up in BC, Canada.  However, HYDES does not sell to the public.  They only sell to trim shops and resoration shops.  They source their leayther from Heins-Reinke in Germany.  Heins-Reinke also does not sell to the public.  Only to retailers. 

If in Europe, there is also Steenbuck that offers the same great quality of surface dyed leather.

Below are links to all of the aforementioned parties:

https://hydesleather.com/collections/concours-old-timer

https://aeristo.com/products#leathers    Select the "Touranil" line. 

http://www.steenbuck-web.de/mercedes_leder_leather.htm

The correct leather will be more expensive, but only around $400-$500 more per hide.  So don't cheap out. 

None of these places will make up/sew up seat covers or carpet kits......they only sell leather.  Once you buy the leather, send it to GAHH for assembly.  GAHH may not offer good quality leather, but they make covers that fit like a glove.  And they are happy to make up kits out of leather one may supply to them.  Call for the price. 

Be cautious on redoing leather for an early W108/W109.  The pleats are very differnt, and are unique to the early W108/W109.  If necessary, send the old covers to GAHH for replication. 
1966 250se coupe`, black/dark green leather
1970 600 midnight blue/parchment leather
1971 300sel 6.3, papyrus white/dark red leather
1971 280sel Black/black leather
1973 300sel 4.5, silver blue metallic/blue leather
1979 450sel 516 red/bamboo