After years of thinking about it and months of planning and research I finally have a manufacturer starting work on a reproduction of early 1500 Ghia upholstery fabric — the woven fabric used for the front and back seat inserts and door panels from 1961–63 and the seat inserts only from 1963–64. I asked 1500 Ghia owners which colors they would most like to see reproduced and the three most requested colors were red (554), silver (564), and cerulean (559), so that's what I'm having made. 3 yards will be needed for seats and door panels and 2 yards for seats only.
Here are some samples of the original fabric (shown larger than actual size):
554 red, originally used in black and pearl white cars from 1961–64 and anthracite cars from 1963–64.
564 silver, originally used in anthracite and ruby red cars from 1961–64 and emerald green cars from 1963–64.
559 cerulean, originally used in sea blue cars from 1961–64.
(You can see these and other paint and upholstery combinations in the early VW 1500 Ghia color brochures)
It should be available by late summer or fall of this year. If all goes well the next project will be reproducing "salt and pepper" fabric for 1961–63 Type 3s.
Many thanks to Lee Hedges and Matt Pierce for sending original samples of cerulean and silver fabric, respectively.