Classic Autotrim Upholstery


about us

Formerly Owen Brown Upholstery , this long standing family business was renamed Classic Autotrim Ltd in 2009.

Classic Autotrim is proudly owned and operated by Darryl and Amanda Butson, of Invercargill, Southland, NZ.

Darryl Butson is a Trade Qualified Automotive Trimmer. He has over 30 years experience in quality workmanship on all kinds of upholstery and auto-trimming. We are pleased to offer you the most caring upholsterer in Southern New Zealand to achieve that showroom quality automotive interior in your project. Darryl will listen to you better than anyone else and guide you to the best result within your budget, using the very best materials. Also new to our team is Marco Wegner, originally trained in Germany, Marco is a skilled craftsman with and eye for detail, with the bonus that he is a qualified furniture upholsterer, so we can offer you the widest range of talent to cover your precious job whatever it may be.

 QUALITY WORKMANSHIP is our GUARANTEE that YOU will be pleased with the results!


    we do trucks, tractors, bikes, restaurants, planes, train, tents, kitchen chairs...even horse cover repairs, pretty much anything that needs covered, and all small repairs welcome !  

We take pride in the finished product, and wish for you to be proud of your vehicle interior every time you hop inside


Above: Our new workshop, just before completion, September 2010 

In 1948, Jim Harvey converted Morgans Bakery on Arthur Street into a motor trimming and upholstery workshop, and named his business Jim Harvey Upholsterers. In 1972 Jim sold his business to his foreman Owen Brown, and Owen changed the name to Owen Brown Motor Upholsterers.

Owen Brown became very widely known for his work, and the business was established with a large client base. Owen sold his business in 1982 to Ken Ayling, one of Owens full time trimmers.

When Ken Ayling took over the business, he chose to continue with the name Owen Brown and he employed a school leaver named Darryl Butson. Neville Dewson also was the third team member employed by Ken. When Ken had to sell the business in 2000 due to terminal illness, it was logical for Darryl to take over and continue.

Darryl chose to continue with the name Owen Brown Auto Upholsterers for some years. He employed another junior to learn the trade.  Ken continued to work for Darryl part time, however sadly Ken passed away in July 2001.  Neville has also retired a few years ago. Now Darryl has renamed the business but kept the same values, built a brand new premises,on the same location the original bakery and upholstery were.

WE WARMLY INVITE YOU  to visit our workshop, at 55 Arthur Street Invercargill, to call in and see Darryl or Amanda or Marco, and talk to us about your beloved Automobile, or anything it is that YOU NEED COVERED!  

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