Sample books for automotive interiors

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Where can I get Detroit car books? I’m looking to buy a collection.

Companies that do automotive upholstery are familiar with Detroit Car Books; they’re sample books that show the fabrics used in OEM automotive interiors for a particular year. You can purchase them through suppliers that specialize in automotive fabrics. For example, we found them at Detroit Body Products. If you’re looking for a whole collection of them, though, your best bet is to look for listings of automotive upholstery shops that are closing and may have them to sell; publications such as the Upholstery Journal or the Upholsterer would be helpful for that. Another option is to keep an eye on online auction sites such as eBay.

SOURCE Detroit Body Products

SOURCE Upholstery Journal

SOURCE Upholster!

Juli Case is IFAI’s information and technical services manager.


Comments are the opinion of individual posters and do not reflect the views of Specialty Fabrics Review or Industrial Fabrics Association International.

  • sherri

    i have alot of detroit books from1978-1999

  • sherri

    I have some old detroit books1980-1995

  • Lev

    Detroit books

    Hello, I looking to sell all of my Detroit books. The earliest one I have is from 1960's thorough 2004. Email me if you are interested. Lev

  • Shelly Hall
    Shelly Hall

    Detroit Automotive Books

    Hi. I am inquiring about your collection of books, do you still have them available. What price are you asking for all of them. I am opening my own upholstery shop and in major need of these books. Please email me if these are still available. Thanks in advance, have a great day.

  • John

    Detroit Book Collection 1971-2007

    Looking to sell the set of Detroit books. If interested call John at 314-486-9900.

  • James Martinez

    Detroit Books

    Your looking for Detroit Body Cloth Books, call J&J Supply at 817-335-5535 or Larry Dennis Co 817-222-9700. I purchase materials daily from both supply stores and they have extra books still in the boxes plus the old ones that they have extras of im sure they will sell, hope this helps in your search. Its pretty cool to go thru the old ones and remember the past years of automobile interiors. Best regards James Martinez, Fort Worth Texas.

  • Karen

    Detroit interior sample books.

    I am the one who posted the message about my collection of Detroit sample books. You may email me with any questions.
  • Cody


    Karen hey if you still have these detroit books please let me know..... my email is sweetserc at yahoo.... or if any one else that has these please get in touch with me...... Thanks Cody

  • bob

    karen !

    Please post your email so i can contact you on these.

  • Karen

    auto upholstery books

    I have a whole set of auto upholstery fabric sample books starting from 1950 that I am interested in selling.

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