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View Poll Results: What color interior/ leather for E30 BMW in black.
Ox Blood Red 7 53.85%
Lotus White 4 30.77%
Cream/ beige 2 15.38%
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Old 21st May 2018, 09:29 AM   #1
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Hi All,

I have recently purchased an BMW E30 318i Convertible and starting a build project.

The car is in Factory Diamond Schwartz Black which was quite a rare motorsport and m3 colour. It currently has black leather interior with grey dash/ door cards out of an motorsport.

Interior is in need of a dye so wanted to get some advice on peoples opnions of colors.

1. Ox Blood red (similar to imola red)
2. Lotus White (similar to merino opal)
3. Cream (more of a beige)

Personally leaning towards lotus white which will be a nightmare to keep clean.... so considering the other two.

I have some pictures below from google to help with the color of the car and interior options.

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Old 21st May 2018, 09:31 AM   #2
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Pics have come out quite small but if you click on them should expand

Also Diamond Schwartz Black is a Black with Grey metallic so gives a very dark grey/light black effect
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Old 21st May 2018, 09:35 AM   #3
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Sod the Lotus White and Cream, will be a nightmare to keep looking pristine.

I'd be tempted to go cinnamon as below:

http://forums.m3cutters.co.uk/showth...=195617&page=2
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Sod the Lotus White and Cream, will be a nightmare to keep looking pristine.

I'd be tempted to go cinnamon as below:

http://forums.m3cutters.co.uk/showth...=195617&page=2
good shout!! cinnamon would be a eye catchy combo but was hoping for an original E30 interior color before I branch out... did they come with cinnamon?
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good shout!! cinnamon would be a eye catchy combo but was hoping for an original E30 interior color before I branch out... did they come with cinnamon?
No, I don't believe they did - I've never seen one with and I grew up with these in the 80's.

My friend had a brand new Jaguar XJ a few years back and that had cream leather and the dye from his jeans transferred onto the leather and ruined it.

Never been a fan of super light interiors for that reason.
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I used to have a 325i M Sport cab with the Lotus white - what a bugger to keep clean!
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Hi,

When me and then a few years later my bro had a number of E30's all of which were modified, I was always on the lookout for the Oxblood - via 'Loot' and 'Exchange n Mart' !!... never found one so had to make do with a very clean black set of 'Recaros' that came up. We then became involved in the leather retrim industry and other E30's were done in nice shades of grey/black'ish/red/orange etc. Some customers went 'lairy' but I personally didn't really like those cars once done. The lighter the leather colour, the more upkeep, maintenance and looking after is needed. Drop your standards a little and then small marks and scuffs show up easily and it's then a rapid deterioration if not looked after. If the car is going to be occasional use/show car etc and you're willing to keep it looking stunning, then do consider Lotus White and similar light colours.

Nowadays leather treatment and dyes etc are much better along with protectants etc, but they won't work miracles if you don't maintain a light colour.

Here's a car I took a few pics of some years back at a local meet;






This was a 'bright' red but not that 'garish' shade if you know what I mean, the pics are lightly edited and look more 'vivid' than in real life which to me, the colour looked classy fantastic. I think on a black or black schwarz E30, the colour will still definitely work if you want a brighter red.

For me, this colour is on my shortlist to use for when I do a re-trim;




It is more 'Oxblood' but I'm fairly sure it's not that exact shade. Red/Black is always a fantastic looking combo.

Lotus White in an E30 as well;




Does look nice, but those marks and scuffs do show up much more easily and readily !

What's the direction of your E30 ?! I do miss the ones I had back through the early to late 90s, did some fairly uncommon mods along with some of the usual 'classy' ones !

Cheers, Dennis!
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Dennis! thanks for sharing those pictures... after seeing yours I think I have made my mind up.... will be going for black/ ox blood exactly as you have shown with the split in the door cards... looks really good and it breaks it down...

I was orginally thinking of going full oxblood leathers, door cards, but the black really breaks it nicely and think this would be a better approach.
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I'm with Denis on this one, that red looks superb.
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Yep, agree with the red. Looking forward to seeing some pictures once done
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The three shades of read leather in order of age oldest to newest were,

Cherry red
Cardinal red
Crimson red

Also diamond schwartz was not a rare motorsport and M3 colour.

It was available on pretty much any E30 from 316 to M3 which wasnt a limited edition model and in fact was quite a common colour.

No 325i motorsport convertibles were diamond schwartz either.
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