What is a car bra?
Sometimes called a front-end bra (front-end mask, hood bra, auto bra, hood mask, car bras, or car mask) is a stretchy type of vinyl that attaches to the front
of a car or other vehicle to protect the bumper, hood, and sides of the fender from scratches, paint chipping, and other minor damage from rocks, gravel, and other road debris. Most have the underside of the car bra lined with a felt like material.
It all started with Bill Colgan, founder of Colgan Custom Manufacturing Inc, successfully operated a trim and upholstery business in Burbank, California for fifteen years prior to creating the car bra business. The “Original Car Bra” was invented in 1961 when three German engineers from Lockheed walked into Bill’s upholstery shop, asking Colgan if he could redesign a protective cover for their personal Porsches. The very first pattern was for the Porsche 356.
The pattern Colgan designed was the creation of the one-piece “Original Car Bra.”