Original (OEM) Factory Interiors

As detailed, here at Optimise we specialise in either modified Classic Mini interiors or OEM plus Classic Mini interiors, as a vast majority of projects that we undertake are for Classic Mini enthusiasts looking to make their Mini unique and/or improve on the factory interior.

As a result, non of the standard trim that we offer is “factory original” and our entire range has been designed & specified to be manufactured differently from the factory (which is what suits the needs of our customers).

 

However, we also agree that certain Minis are best kept factory!



We understand that not everyone is looking to improve and/or change the factory interior and as we are flexible in our approach, we are able to adapt & cater for everyones individual needs.

So if you are looking for a factory (OEM) original interior we are here to help and if we are able to offer a factory match for you, we certainly will.

Initially, we will likely need to do further research to see if we can find an original (OEM) trimming and in addition to the trimmings (and this will depend on how original you are looking to keep your interior), we may also need to look into the manufacturing techniques of the individual items to ensure that we can reproduce them to the original fitment and manufacturing specification. If you are looking to match the original fitment & manufacturing specifications (or in other words you need the interior to be exactly as it left the factory), we will need to take a look at your original interior to be able to advise further.

Regrettably, if it turns out that an original (OEM) patterned vinyl or an original (OEM) cloth is no longer available and/or we are unable to remanufacture an item of trim to exact factory specifications, you have the following three options:

 

Keep it, as it is...



If you would like to keep the originality of the car (for current use), the only option is to keep the interior, as it is. Despite rips, tears and blemishes on the seat covers (or any other items of the interior trim) - if we are unable to offer an original (OEM) factory interior and you are adamant that you would like to keep the car 100% factory, I'm afraid you do not have any other option.

 

Replace the seat covers with the closest thing possible and keep the original covers for future use...



As mentioned above, if it turns out that we are unable to offer the original factory specifications and the seat covers (or any other items of the interior trim) are in desperate need of replacing, a good compromise is to replace the trim (for current use) with the closest option available.

This option will help keep the original feel of the Mini and despite not being 100% factory, we can certainly come up with a design (and/or use materials) that will feel correct to the period of your Mini - creating a factory looking interior. In many cases we can offer a near perfect (OEM) factory option - we can certainly match the seat cover designs (or any other items of the interior trim) and use very similar trimmings.

In addition to this, you can keep the original trim and refit it in the future - this is especially handy if you come to sell the Mini and believe that originality will help you get a better price.

 

Replace the seat covers with anything you like, but keep the original covers for future use...



The final option is very simple, replace the seat covers (or any other items of the interior trim) with whatever you fancy. However (as mentioned above), you can keep the original trim and refit it in the future - allowing you to return the car to its factory specification (if required) at a later date.



 

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