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for Rootes Cars
1954 - 1965
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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
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.
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%
|Almond Green Metallic||6185||8391|
|Alpine Mist Metallic||6489||7187|
|Glen Valley Green||5298||8404|
|Gunmetal Grey Metallic||8407|
|Mixed Bronze Metallic||8410|
|New Burnie Blue||7189|
|Sage Green (Light)||HM5207||9583|
|Sage Green (Light)||9583|
|Satin Bronze Metallic||8416|
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