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1969 280se cab leather hides what to do?

Guys, I have recently pruchased a 1969 280se cab,the car is all original with 63k miles. recent emmaculate repaint light Ivory with very good 40yr old light/few cracks in the dark brown leather seats. The exterior paint/chrome and top look brand new. the interior hides and carpet are again very very good for a 40yr old car. The leather smell is exhilirating to say the least. However, after several weeks of ownership I still want to replace the hides to look brand new and match the rest of the car. I am trying to hold off on that desire and stay true to the heritage of the car but so far the desire to have a " brand new" esthectic looking car is winning. Advice on what I should do? I will resale the car at some point. in 10yrs it may pay for a 1yr or two years of college for my 8 yr old.
If I in fact do buy new hides Who should I buy from?? GAHH? are prefab seats good? or should I buy hides and find a good local guy to make them?
Lastly what leather products are best for reconditioning the existing seats if I decide to keep the original hides?
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Contact either "Bud's Benz" in Douglasville, GA, or "Performance Products" in CA, for a quote on the proper covers. You will still need a professional to install them.
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GAHH, are the best in Mercedes and Rolls interior,, you can buy there covers which are perfect replicas and of the best original material and have you local expert install them...Unless you buy them direct from Mercedes, there are non better..

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I went through worldupholstery(dot)com for a couple cars' interiors. They do leather or MBtex, all to order. Taking off and replacing the skins is actually pretty easy. I did one front seat in a couple hours, to include taking the seat out of the car. I had no experience in that stuff previously, and the end result looked like new.
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I would treat it with Leatherique before you drop that much cash. They can have the cracks filled and re-dyed very easily for a couple hundred bucks and restoration shop would do it for you. In addition, your leather is superior to what you will find now anyway, and IMHO old leather has more character. I have had great luck with this on a Rolls, a Benz and a Volvo.

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thx for the post. I may trry the leatherique products and see what happens.
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