I don’t know for sure if it was originally white (or “cream”), but I think the odds favor it. One of the first things I will do once I take title is order the Heritage certificate. If it was not originally white, the body was completely stripped. I’ve dug into the boot floor area, and what is there appears to be original white paint (vs. other areas that are definitely repainted), but I could be wrong about it being original. I see no evidence of bondo from my tapping around the body, although I admittedly haven’t taken a magnet to it. It was originally a SoCal car, and my friend purchased it out of Palm Springs back in the '80s.
On the “hides”, they’re not really hides. In a very odd move, the PO from Cal upholstered the seats in a very high quality vinyl. He was allegedly concerned about the extremely dry desert environment to cause leather to prematurely crack. My friend the seller reminded me again today that he has a “brand new” BAS upholstery kit that goes with the car. Our conversation went something like this:
Me: So when you say “new”, you mean it was new when you bought it 20 years ago?
Me: How long has it been since you actually laid eyes on it?
Him: Probably shortly after I bought it.
Me: Do you know where it is?
Him: I think I put it under my bed where it would be safe.
We shall see.
He is tremendously excited that it will be going to me and says it makes parting with the rest of his fleet a lot easier.