Praise Be! Porsche is Bringing Back Houndstooth

The oppressive days of leather upholstery’s dictatorial hold on the automotive world may soon be coming to an end as tastemakers Porsche reintroduce funky fabrics for a limited run of “Heritage Design” models.

Run out of its Exclusive Manufaktur division, Porsche plans on adorning a series of special editions with designs intended to evoke the cars of its own history.

Drawing inspiration from cars made between 1950 and the 1980s, the cars’ interiors will be decked with special paintwork, liveries, and, most excitingly of all, upholstery.

The interiors are intended to mirror the liveries, which will be inspired by specific vehicles. A Porsche inspired by the 928, for example, could have that car’s psychedelic Pasha pattern. Curdoroy, tartan, and Pepita were all hinted at in Porsche’s press materials, though they haven’t revealed specifics yet. You can bet that Porsche will eke out every bit of press they can by trickling these designs out slowly.

If this all sounds a little self-congratulatory to you, it is. But I’m willing to forgive them because if rich people are getting funky patterns instead of leather, it means that it’s only a matter of time before the fad comes to more regular cars, too.

No offense to monochrome leather interiors, it’s just all anyone seems to be doing these days and I, for one, can’t wait until a Golf comes with the option of houndstooth seats again. Or why not something even wilder, like the Otmar Alt Mk3’s seats? Who says car seats can’t also be nightmarish reminders of the absurdity of life?