Corvette guys–and gals–are fussy. We should know, we’re dyed-in-the-wool ‘Vette wingnuts. We love everything about Chevy’s plastic two-seater. The history, the speed, the performance and yes, the image.
Most importantly, we dig the way the Corvette looks…
Every plastic Chevy fan knows when they were first bitten by the Corvette “bug.” We suggest the “fever” that follows shortly after the bite acutely targets the brain and eyeballs.
Shiny curved fiberglass, coke-bottle waistlines, peaked fenders and sanitary, space-age cockpits are etched in our psyches for the rest of our lives and irrational thoughts and behavior ensue.
There is no known cure.
The Corvette is rolling art and this is glorified–to the delight of all–at show and shines across the country. Getting a Corvette to look just right either in a show environment or in everyday driving is easy if you know the right tips and tricks
We all know that an impeccable exterior is a key element of a killer Corvette, but a top notch interior presentation is just as crucial. Like they say, “The Gods live in the details..”
Here at Corvette Online, we believe in the “Two Mat Set System” that we’ve adhered to for years. Simply put, we have one set of mats for everyday use and another set for show and shine days.
We’ve been fan of Lloyd Mats for years and after talking with the company head honchos, we wrangled a tour of their facility up in Northridge, CA.
We combined this trip with picking up two sets of mats we ordered from Lloyd for our in-house C4 project car “Red Haired Step Child.”
The Velourtex really matches the factory carpet and looks like it will wear forever. The Ultimats are just that, really nice, high end mats with a custom cut that fits perfectly. They will be bagged and only displayed when we show the car.
We went with “Torch Red”carpet for both sets–the color of the factory mats–but customized each set with unique logos and colors.
Lloyd has a total of eight products to choose from, including two new mat entries, Camo and Berber 2. Lloyd isn’t just for ‘Vettes either, they make mats for most vehicles, makes and models. Go here for complete product line-up.
Because the mats are custom designed, cut and created, the color and trim combos are almost limitless. If you can think it up, Lloyd most likely can make you a set.
The company has a very interesting backstory and a key component of its reputation for top-notch quality in the aftermarket floor mat business.
Lloyd Mats began life as a maker of tapestries and custom carpets way back in 1974. They began manufacturing custom fit floor and cargo mats for the automotive aftermarket in 1978.
By 1999, Lloyd Mats became company owned when it was purchased from Lloyd Levine…Yes there really was a Lloyd of Lloyd Mats!
When you’ve been in the mat business as long as Lloyd, a byproduct is the most complete library of vehicle application-specific patterns in the industry. In fact, Lloyd has over 12,000 unique patterns for almost any car ever made.
To say that no two sets of mats are the same isn’t a bunch of blue sky, marketing biz blab either.
They can custom tailor anchoring device type and location, seating configurations, interior color options and logos. Lloyd Mats offers more colors, logos, vehicle fitments and product types than any other mat company.
Visiting their inconspicuous, beige, one story facility in the heart of the Valley in Southern California was good fun. You’d never guess that a “Willy Wonka” like factory was in full-tilt, boogie mode inside. If you love television shows about factories–which we do–this was a treat for the senses. Very cool.
What started with an essentially hand cut and sewn process is now a state of the art CAD/CAM facility with all the associated precision. We especially dug the happy workers, the zippy cutting machines and the vast selection of logos, thread choices and binding material options.
Lloyd Mats are “local” and part of the community before doing so was hip. While some items are imported, the vast majority of their products are designed and made right here in Southern California and that’s something that’s important to us Corvette owners. Check out their website and where to buy Lloyd Mats here