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Our History

Where it all began...

Formed in 1979 by husband and wife team Richard and Vera Newton, Newton Commercial is now the industry leader in the manufacture of interior trim for classic cars. Out of necessity came the idea of Newton Commercial. Richard at the time was working for a vehicle radiator manufacturer when he was told by a client that if he couldn’t find someone to repair one of their lorry seats, he would lose the account. Unable to find a local trimmer to do the job, Richard purchased some material and Vera helped to make up a seat cover using her mother’s Singer sewing machine at home.

Richard sent the seat back to his customer and thought no more of it. That was until two weeks later, when a further 10 seats turned up requiring refurbishment.Thus Newton Commercial was born from the table of their family home. Demand steadily grew and Richard and Vera found themselves creating and repairing trim for commercial vehicles, milk floats, police cars, tractors & even A10 fighter planes. Eighteen months later they decided to take the plunge and turn a part-time enterprise into a fully-fledged business.

A move to the Suffolk Coast coincided with the decision to specialise in interior trim for the thriving Morris Minor marketplace. Their ethos was simple and has not changed; to make each part to the original design, using original colours and materials wherever possible.

Gradually, new products were added to the range as the growing team learned how to precisely recreate the interior trim for other classic cars, such as the Triumph Spitfire and Mini.

During the 90's the range was further extended to include trim for the MGF and late Mini, and we also purchased the tooling used to create the moulded carpets for all of the original Minis and Triumphs. This allowed us to supply full classic car trim kits, exactly as they were originally made.

As the business grew we moved to a new, purpose-built factory, from where we undertake all aspects of trimming, from design, tooling and foam production through to sewing, finishing and dispatch of stunning, classic car interiors to customers all over the world.