HILLMAN CAR CLUB
OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA INC

Paint Codes
for Rootes Cars
1954 - 1965
HILLMAN CAR CLUB
OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA INC


The information on this page applies to production colours used by the Rootes Group from 1954 to about 1965.  For information about paint colours during the Chrysler era, please go forward to the next page

Chemical technology has advanced a long way since the 1950s, so you won't find "Duco" on the market anymore.
For repainting (anything from a minor touch-up to a full-body repaint), take your car to an automotive paint shop and get them to colour-scan a sample of existing paint in an area that hasn't been faded by persistent sunlight (inside the boot or door hinge covers).  They can then mix a new batch of paint to the correct colour and shade.  This is the only reliable method of getting the colour correct.

The following 2 links might lead you to current sources of paint in a few of the original colours.  There is no assurance that the shades will match your paint, whether in new condition or (more likely) in faded condition.  These products could be used for a full repaint if your car doesn't have a sizeable sample of paint in original colour (e.g. in the boot) to colour-scan.

  1. Glasurit a subsidiary of the giant German chemical company BASF.  Click on either "Search for a formula" or "Glasurit Classic Car Colors" in the left column.  This company is believed to incorporate the former Wattyl Automotive Paints which was spun off around 2004 by Wattyl (an Australian company best known for its house and furniture paints).
  2. Auto Color Library

All of the following information is for academic interest only, as it has no practical value for painting a car now.  It is just a historical perspective.

Paint Colour Samples    2 sets of ICI sample cards of original Rootes colours, owned by Glen Davies (USA).

Paint Color Codes    a list of numeric codes found on the identification plates of some USA cars.  Some of the colour names appear in the Paint Colour Samples (see link above).

The chart below was produced from information supplied by Vic Hughes in Canberra, who obtained it from a printed Wattyl Automotive Paints chart at a paint shop in June 2003.
Colour code stickers on the horizontal panel at the top of the firewall match the "BPI Code" in this chart.  It seems that "LE" codes might indicate Lusteroid brand, and "BE" codes indicate Berger brand, although the Sage Green paint on Hillman Gazelles is "HM5207" from Berger.
A Rootes paint colour is actually a mixture of several more fundamental paints, each of which also had its own part number.
  WINDSOR BLUE   P030-3088
  White                     P030-9929  88%
  Black                     P030-9901   9%
  Blue Lake                 P030-9930   2%
  Reduced Monastral Green   P062-9905   1%
The above colour analysis appears on the back of the original 1950s-1960s ICI paint sample card (see above).

Colour

BPI code

TM Number
(Wattyl code)

Almond Green Metallic 6185 8391
Alpine Blue LE7040 9184
Alpine Mist Metallic 6489 7187
Antelope LE7008 8964
April Yellow 2155 7190
April Yellow 2155 9182
April Yellow BE3424 9182
April Yellow

9710
Araluen Blue LE7040 9381
Azure Blue LE7038 9177
Bass Blue 6413 8392
Beaumaris Blue 6399 8393
Beige Sand

8394
Berwick Beige 6142 8395
Blue Grey

8396
Brighton Tan LE3651 8987
Buckskin LE7047 9580
Buff 3212 8397
Burgundy 330-s-1633 8985
Burnie Blue 7808 8066
Celtic Blue LE7046 9581
Celtic Blue

9581
Charcoal LE7016 9364
Cherry Red LE7010 8976
Claret 6143 8883
Cloud White LE7026 8806
Commer Blue LE7025 8977
Coral Red

8975
Corinth Blue 2153 7192
Cream LE7024 9374
Dove Grey 5752 8398
Elk Fawn 6411 8399
Fathom Grey BE3580 8808
Fernleigh Blue 4457 8400
Fiesta Blue 2157 7193
Foam Grey LE7015 8962
Foam White LE7020 8813
Gisborne Green 7806(2009) 8402
Glacier Blue BE3581 8842
Glade Green

8402
Glen Green

8403
Glen Valley Green 5298 8404
Glenalmond Green BE3915 9365
Glenelg Grey 7805 7184
Golden Sand 7210 8131
Grampian Grey 6410 8405
Grove Green

8406
Gunmetal Grey Metallic 8407
Light Fawn

8408
Light Grey

7188
Lime Green 4012 9180
Lucerne Iridescent

8409
Mixed Bronze Metallic

8410
Moonstone LE7031 9361
Moonstone

9361
Moorland Grey

8411
Mountain Blue BE3522 8844
New Burnie Blue

7189
Olive Green 4321 7185
Oyster Grey BE3713 9363
Paisley Gold BE3917 9362
Pastel Blue 6182 8412
Pastel Green 5751(7353) 8413
Pearl Grey 2156(7614) 7194
Powder Blue BE3453 8971
Quartz Blue 6111 8414
Regency Blue BE3582 8845
Rhodesian Cream 5301 7355
Sage Green (Light) HM5207 9583
Sage Green (Light)

9583
Sand

8415
Satin Bronze Metallic

8416
Sea Mist

8417
Seacrest Green 2154 7191
Shepherd Blue

8418
Smoke Green BE3961 9584
Storm Grey LE7045 9585
Storm Grey

9585
Summer Blue LE7009 8961
Surf Green

8846
Tasman Blue

8419
Tropic Red

9178
Waratah Red LE7019 8960
Warren Wheat 7807(2010) 7186
Windsor Blue BE3623 8972


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