The search is over
In 1998 I went to the PORSCHE 50th Anniversary celebration in Monterey. What an incredible event! I saw a lots of amazing cars, but some things really stood out. I recall a car painted in Polyantha and thought it was the prettiest color I had ever seen. Several hand crafted one-off wood steering wheels, and incredible people. One thing I also saw was an original set of back seat luggage straps. Not reproductions like are currently in fashion, but the real thing.
Since that time I have been on the lookout- 22 years! I have seen black sets, but my car has a brown interior and I wanted them to match up, be original, and needed the leather supple enough to use.
I found them!
Pictures are below. A few notes for those who might start their own search. The buckle is unique, and looks alot like the buckle on the original spare tire strap. The buckle is flat on the sides, and the pin has a pointy end. Hard to describe but look at the photo. I am showing a close up of the buckle on the interior luggage straps and a photo of the buckle on my spare tire strap. Of course, for the interior of the car the buckle is chrome, not painted. Also note the now faded but white backside of the leather. This is a common trait of the originals.
I think they are going to look great with the fawn color interior!
I'm now fortunate enough to have a full set of interior luggage straps, a full set of luggage straps for suitcases on the Lietz luggage rack, and a full set of red ski/poles straps for the rack as well.
And here is the buckle on the original spare tire strap-
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