Iconic Cars

Iconic Cars

Wherever there have been major advances in automobiles you’ll find Bridge of Weir leather, adding value, creating prestige and elevating the state of the art to the height of luxury. Only the most perfect leather can create this unique alchemy and bring about such rich transformation. The images below will take you on a journey through our past and just as importantly, into our future.

Ford Model T

1911
Ford Model T

Henry Ford's Model T was the car that brought motoring to the masses. In the UK it also brought them Bridge of Weir leather. In 1911 the first Model T Ford production plant outside the US was established at Trafford, Manchester. Our hides were specified for the interiors, further increasing our standing in the motoring sector.

Citroen DS

1955
When is a car like an armchair?

When it's upholstered in Bridge of Weir leather of course. And what you're looking at here is one of the most stylistically advanced chairs of its time. It just happens to be attached to a design classic in motoring. The Citroen DS revolutionised the way we look at cars.It won rallies galore, and hearts the world over. And was voted the best product of all time for good measure.

Lincoln Continental Mark II

1956
The Lincoln Continental Mark II is now a legend among cars. The brief to Ford's designers was simple, direct, and mind bogglingly challenging. We quote: "Taking inspiration from the Lincoln Continental – acknowledged to be the most beautiful car of its day – to design a car that will be the most distinguished car in the world.".

model t

1960s
Aston Martin V8

Bridge of Weir has had an association with Aston Martin since the late 1960's. They are the biggest user of our leather per car. Our leather is in evidence on almost every part of the interior trim: the seats, door panels, dashboard, steering wheel, gear stick gaiter, instrument panel and parcel shelf. Even the matching luggage is crafted from Bridge of Weir leather.

Aston Martin describes their cars as combining three elements: power, beauty and soul. To that Bridge of Weir adds a fourth element: fine crafted leather.

DeLorean DMC-12

1976
Back to the future

Who can forget when the DeLorean was first unveiled? Jaws dropped at its gull wing doors and stainless steel finish. The car remains to this day a veritable vision of innovative flair. The leather from Bridge of Weir was ground breaking too. It was the first time an automotive finish had been applied to a full chrome furniture leather. The result was the first 'soft' leather trim in a production car.

SAAB 9-3 Sports cabriolet

1980s
SAAB 9-3 Sports cabriolet

Bridge of Weir were selected as SAABs first ever supplier of leather, a relationship that continued throughout their history. Our leather was standard specification on the SAAB 9-3 sports saloon, cabriolet and estate ranges. When SAAB first introduced leather trim it was considered such a strong selling point that they featured Bridge of Weir in their advertising.

JAGUAR XJS Coupe

1980s
JAGUAR XJS Coupe

The name of Jaguar is one of the most eminent in British automotive circles. Successor to the illustrious V12 E-Type, the Jaguar XJS Coupe and XJ40 Saloon were further additions to the company's stable. Capable of competing with the best on the racing circuits of Europe, it also boasted a refined side, enhanced all the more by a Bridge of Weir leather interior.

Volvo S60 R

1980s
Volvo S60 R

Bridge of Weir have developed some highly specialised leathers for Volvo. We introduced the 'Inscription' leather, a premium bespoke interior. And Volvo’s sporting 300bhp S60 R and V70 R cars used specially developed Bridge of Weir leather, called Atacama after the South American desert. Our leather is now featured across all model ranges.

McLaren F1

1990s
McLaren F1

Ever watched leather travelling at 240 mph? You will have if you've seen a McLaren F1 flash by. When you're driving at incredible speeds you want to do it in incredible comfort. Our leather was used to upholster the distinct three abreast seating layout. The McLaren F1 didn't just race ahead of the crowd, it stood out from it as well.

Mercedes CLK Armani

1990s
Mercedes CLK Armani

The Mercedes CLK Armani was the first crossover between the world of engineering and fashion. Armani's concept for the CLK was to take the sense of craftsmanship associated with vintage cars, and introduce it into something new and modern. The leather, from Bridge of Weir, is called “Cuoio”, at the height of fashion in the 40’s and 50’s.

Renault Avantime

2000s
Renault Avantime

The Renault Avantime was avant-garde both outside and in. A revolutionary three-door recreational coupe, the car's space age looks turned heads wherever it journeyed. On the inside the luxury interior featured an unusual combination of Bridge of Weir's exclusive 'Rivulet' tipped leather and ultra soft tumblemill. While only 8000 were produced the extraordinary Avantime paved the way for a whole new Renault style.

Bridge of Weir Leather Company Ltd
Baltic Works
Kilbarchan Road
Bridge of Weir
Renfrewshire
PA11 3RH
Scotland
United Kingdom

E-mail: sales@bowleather.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1505 612132

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