Annual Shutdown Period

We are closed for our annual summer shutdown from Monday 14th September 2020, re-opening Monday 21st September. During this period our phones will be switched off and all enquiries (emails/contact forms) will be dealt with in full upon our return to the office. After an extremely busy and stressful 5 months (we remained open the entire time working 7-day shift patterns), the whole John Skinner team is looking forward to a well-deserved break. Please respect this, and thank you for your patience.

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Our Reputation

Since 1980, we’ve been the home of British Classic Car interior trim.

Forty years on, and we are still regarded as one of the leading interior trim suppliers. We know that it is our specialist knowledge combined with our commitment to quality that has given us the worldwide reputation we have today.

Concours Quality

John Skinner was one of the first founders of the classic car restoration industry, establishing John Skinner (Manufacturing) Ltd in 1980 after spotting the potential for growth within a ‘cottage industry.’ Initially starting out in spare parts, John gradually acquired the tooling, machines and materials to build his trim workshop. Today John Skinner is a ‘household name’ within the British classic car market, with interiors featured in classic car events and Concours d’Elegance competitions worldwide. A John Skinner interior has also been the choice for many classic car Club Presidents.

A 1963 Triumph TR4 with a John Skinner (Manufacturing) Ltd interior which has won a number of concours awards
A customer photograph of a Triumph TR6 restoration with a full leather kit from John Skinner (Manufacturing) Ltd

Kits that Fit

With a background in pattern making from a previous career, John Skinner applied this skill to create the catalogue of patterns that have helped shape our reputation for fit. By reverse engineering patterns from original trim, our parts are made to original specification manufacture, and not after-market replica. For this reason, we are regarded as supplying the best fitting kits in the industry.

 

 

Expert Knowledge

John Skinner (Manufacturing) Ltd has always offered dependable advice that is respected by professional trimmers and independent enthusiasts worldwide. With our dedicated workshop, we have become experts in our field with a remarkable level of knowledge in interior trim restoration for Jaguar, Austin Healey, MGA and Triumph TR.

Over the years, we have acquired an archive of original parts and an extensive library of reference photographs from individual parts to fully trimmed cars, making us a leading resource in British classic car trim.

We share our knowledge through our Handbook which is an online database of useful information on colour, trim fitting and originality.

 

John Skinner collects original trim from a Jaguar XK150 OTS

In the Press

Our reputation has led us to regular appearances in industry magazines, including The E-Type Club, XK Gazette and TR Action amongst others. We have been featured as a recommended supplier, and have been the chosen trim supplier for a number of restorers who have written contributing articles.

In 2017, we were visited by motoring journalist, James Page, for a feature article for the March 2017 editions of the E-Type Club Magazine and XK Gazette. You can read this article in full in the Handbook here.

Customer Testimonials

Our customer comments and testimonials speak for themselves. We send our kits worldwide to great acclaim from professional trim shops to first-time restorers. Renowned for quality craftsmanship, accuracy of fit and comprehensive parts, our trim kits are second-to-none and the feedback we receive from our customers demonstrates this.

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