Many classic car owners want to keep their car "correct" and as original as possible. But, as in most things, eventually things start to wear, and even the best of paint jobs will eventually need a re-do. Matching a paint color in this instance is pretty straight-forward. A good paint and body shop will be able to duplicate the color easily.
But, what do you do if your paint job is so faded and worn that it is now hard to identify, the car you bought had been repainted (perhaps even several times), or if the project car you bought has already been stripped and is still in primer? There are several ways to research the paint colors that were 1) correct for the year, make, model of your car, and 2) the actual colors that were on your car when it originally came off the production line. Here's how:
|Engine Color Chart|
Courtesy of: JustAnswer.com
|Ford Mustang Color Chart|
Courtesy of: mainemustang.com
DuPont Historical Color Chip Library
Look Up Color Codes At Paintref
Mopar Fender Tag Decoder
Paint, Trim & Engine Codes for 1939-58 Chevys
TCP Global - Auto Color Library
Classic Car Paints by Glasurit
House of Kolor
Standox Classic Car Paints
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Andrea L. Algar is co-owner of a classic car performance and restoration design shop in Leesville, Texas. Motorheads Performance specializes in repairs, maintenance, performance upgrades and restorative work on cars and trucks from the 1920’s through 1970’s. Her husband Guy L. Algar is a Mechanical Engineer with over 25 years experience. He holds 5 ASE Certifications from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence and has been working on old cars and trucks for over 37 years. Together they share their passion for old cars and trucks with other enthusiasts from around the country.