5 tailor-made car interiors on London’s Savile Row
If you’re looking for a made-to-measure suit and the accessories to go with it, then there’s only one place: London’s Savile Row. Tailors to the rich and royal have plied their trade on this West End street since the 18th century. Ramble through the Row and you’ll find the finest names in fashion, displaying their wares behind the plate glass of storied establishments.
On this day, however, Savile Row is taken over by the finest in automotive design. The annual two-day Concours is an eclectic mix of vehicles: EV-converted classics, F1 cars, prewar icons, and even a double-decker bus. Each is paired with one of the tailors, making this a uniquely stylish event. Given this focus on fabrics we turned our attention to interior design, picking out five of the finest below.
The BRM Type 15 was, famously, Britain’s first Formula 1 car. Because of that heritage, most people would be drawn—quite rightly—to its amazing 1.5-liter supercharged V-16 engine. However, it’s the cramped cockpit of this 2023 recreation that we found fascinating.
The somewhat psychedelic pattern on the leather bucket seat, courtesy of tailor Ozwald Boateng, is hard to miss, but just take a look at the dashboard and the drum-style tachometer: It’s almost like a laboratory instrument. Appropriate, since the BRM was one giant experiment.
You’d need to be a male model to pull off a houndstooth suit, but in a classic Porsche, the pattern looks simply perfect.
As it happens, this 356’s owner David Gandy is a runway veteran. When he was having the car restored, there was only one choice.
“It’s German houndstooth, which was originally used. I always try to integrations the history of the cars in my restorations,” he tells Hagerty. “[Porsche] used fabric in the center of the seats, unlike English classic cars so that you wouldn’t slip around.”
Scottish designer Ian Callum was never totally satisfied with how the Aston Martin Vanquish turned out. The first job when he set up his own design consultancy? Fixing it.
The resulting Callum Vanquish 25 is a brutally handsome beast. This example takes the classic green-over-tan color scheme to a new level with painstakingly applied metallic paintwork on the outside and, on the inside, a hide so bright that you’d need sunglasses.
This GT40 by Everrati and Superformance might be a bit of an imposter, but the recreation is a beautifully crafted alternative to Ford’s original. Powered by volts instead of a V-8, this GT40 is still built to be a driver’s car, as the polished metal shifter suggests. We’re looking forward to finding out if it drives as well as it looks.
Bentley GTC by Jack Barclay, Mulliner, and Huntsman
Huntsman’s home has been Savile Row since 1849. (The tailor even served as the inspiration for the Kingsman movie franchise.) After over 170 years of bespoke tailoring for humans, the shop has turned its hand to cars in a collaboration with Jack Barclay, Bentley’s oldest dealership.
Huntsman’s charcoal four-point star features throughout, and its H motif is embossed in the headrests of both a Bentley GTC and a Bentayga. Just five examples of each vehicle will be built, tailored to each customer’s taste, of course.
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