Canepa’s restorations are known worldwide for exceptional quality coupled with unparalleled craftsmanship and attention to detail.


For years we have wanted to move our upholstery and trimming in-house, as we have done with all of the other elements of our award winning restorations. The goal was to find talent that was on par with the work that was being done in the other departments. Just over a year ago we found that talent.

The Canepa upholstery department is now headed by Mike Johnson. His expertise comes from over 40 years of experience that ranges from working with the likes of Sid Chavers on Porsche 356s, 911s, and hot rods of all shapes and sizes, to designing and building custom interiors for Sikorsky S-76 luxury helicopters. An expert in old world stitching techniques, as well as the most current construction methods, he can create concours level interiors for just about any production or custom vehicle.

We have outfitted the department with the latest in Juki sewing machines, a Consew skiving machine, and everything else needed to produce Pebble Beach Concours level interior and trim work.

Canepa uses only the finest materials sourced from a host of worldwide suppliers guaranteeing the matching of original materials from Porsche seats to Mercedes soft tops, Jaguar carpets to Ferrari dashes. Our parts and research departments will help you be assured that whether it is leather or cloth, vinyl or leatherette it will be accurate and concours correct. If your job is custom in nature, Canepa can assist you in choosing materials and collaborate on design.

The upholstery department has brought us to a new level of efficiency, not only for our in-house restoration projects, but also for our outside client projects as well. A complete interior can now be completed in less than a month.

Whether you are a restorer, dealer, or private individual, Canepa’s upholstery department is ready to tackle your project be it retrimming seats, a convertible top, headliner, carpet, or a full interior.

Canepa has produced concours winning interiors for some of the world’s most important cars from the first Duesenberg road car to the Mercedes 300SL Copenhagen show car, and now those skills and expertise are at your disposal.­

Experienced Auto Upholsterer

Canepa is an industry leader in sales and restoration of the highest quality automobiles including, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, BMW, Lamborghini, Shelby etc. Our technical experts have a combined experience of more than 200 years in the automotive and mechanical engineering industries. We provide exceptional automobiles and world-class services to enthusiasts around the globe. Our state-of-the-art facility is located in the beautiful Scotts Valley, California.

Canepa is seeking an expert-level auto upholsterer. You will have an opportunity to join a team of craftsmen of the highest level restoring, customizing and building world-class collectible automobiles at our state of the art facility in Scotts Valley. Candidates must have experience in high-end luxury restoration, with a keen attention to detail and accuracy. Your skills must be top notch and produce extremely high quality results. We need someone who takes direction and completes jobs with limited supervision. This is a challenging and rewarding opportunity for candidates who are dedicated to producing work that will add and sustain value for generations to come.

Job Duties Include:

  • All aspects of interior upholstery restoration, replacement and repair, from floor to roof, seats, trim and lining
  • Highly customized installations and precision vintage restoration
  • Convertible soft top installation
  • Versatility in working with a wide variety of premium quality upholstery materials
  • Extensive use of sewing machines and application of various techniques
  • Hand-crafted upholstery work required
  • Use of tools and equipment including drills


  • Experience with a wide variety of marques, including German, Italian and American Vehicles.
  • Knowledge of parts and material sources.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Upholstery: 10 years (Preferred)


  • Scotts Valley, CA 95066 (Required)

Apply today for a rewarding and challenging position with one of the industry leaders.

Please submit your resume here

FAX: 831-430-9941


Canepa's commitment is that every detail of each vehicle in the inventory has been brought to the highest levels of refinement by the finest craftsmen in the automobile industry...