By now, most of my 356 contacts know I am a complete originality freak. I really enjoy trying to get things exactly as they came from the factory. When something uber rare comes my way, it is a reason to celebrate!
One of the things that deteriorated quickly on the 356's was the original, factory installed speaker cloth that went over the metal speaker grills. The cloth was thin, and when sunlight hit the cloth, it quickly faded. It was not a cloth like now can be manufactured to withstand UV light nor any other elements. There is some very nice looking cloth available through a Registry member, but it is still not the same appearance as original. Nice substitute, but not perfect.
The Registry has a saying- Come for the cars, stay for the people. Today I can endorse that saying 100%
A wonderful 356 Registry friend just sent to me a nearly perfect condition pair of original speaker cloth used in late B and 356 C Blaupunkt speaker grills. The cloth was given to him by none other than Chuck Stoddard himself, and was in an unopened Blaupunkt installation kit Chuck had. The cloth was then briefly used in my friends car, and quickly removed when he carefully inspected it and found it had faded ever so slightly. No rips or tears, and only very slight fade in the material.
Although this person has a nice C car himself, he thought it would go great in Miss April, so he sent it to me,,,, free!
It arrived today, and all I can do is say how kind it is of that person to pass the cloth on for me to very carefully install!
Photos of the original cloth are below.
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