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PAINT CODES, BODY & Interior Colors - PT-105
MGA 1500 Body Style

PAINT Supplier--->

BMC Ditzler/
PPG
*
note  below
Dockers/
Pinchin
Johnson
Dupont Gipgloss/
Ault &
Wiborg/
Berger
Glasso ICI R-M Sherwin Williams
BODY
COLOR **
INTERIOR COLOR
Ash Green (58-59)
(from 48980)
Gray or Black GN.2 42642* 43376 CHG 134 - 20784 - 3221 BM077 -
Autum Red (58-59 ZB Magnette) - - 12159 - - - - - - -
Black Red or Green BK.1 9000 - 99 - - 122 - -
Glacier Blue
(roadster only)
Gray or Black BU.4 11825* 14035 CHB 103 83447 17983 5143 2984 BM049 -
Island Green (56-58)
(coupe to 48979)
Gray or Black GN.6 11569* 42607* 44569 CHG 62 25886 18329 - 2734 6614 -
MG Red (dark) Red or Black   71993           BM121R -
Old English White Red or Black WT.3 8177 CHW 8 8207 97111 18580 5324 2379 6642 JX 4228
Orient Red (light) Red or Black RD.3 71034* 71609 CHR 57 83443-H
83443 D E
18458 5294 2935 BM119R -
Pale Ivory (58-59 ZB Magnette) - - 8232* 90476 - - - - - - -
Steel Blue (58-59 ZB Magnette) - - 12159 - - - - - - -
Twilight Gray (57-59 ZB Magnette) - - 31937 - - - - - - -
Tyrolite Green (56-58)
(roadster to 48979)
Gray or Black GN.7 42605* 45291 - 83446-H 17982 5142 2985 BM104 -
Ditzler/PPG no's with * are obsolete, superseded by newer (larger) numbers.
** 1500 model had the body color letter on the Car Number plate.
MGA 1600 & 1600-MK-II Body Style

PAINT Supplier--->

BMC Ditzler/
PPG
Dockers/
Pinchin
Johnson
Dupont Gipgloss/
Ault &
Wiborg/
Berger
Glasso ICI R-M Sherwin Williams
BODY
COLOR
INTERIOR COLOR
Alamo Biege Red BG.9 21973 CHS 60 25879 21519   3343 9014 -
Black Red or Tan BK.1 9000 - 99 - - 122 - -
Chariot Red Red Beige or Black RD.16 71181* 71420 CHR 104 25878-H 21521 5758 3344 9015 R -
Dove Grey Red GR.26 32085 CHN 174 25883 21520 5700 3346 6572 JX 6908
Iris Blue (59-65) MGA & MGB Black BU.12 12235* 3199 CHB 143 8184 25885 20306 - 3243 BM054 JX 6118
Mineral Blue (1960) (coupe only) Gray or Black BU.9 12115* 15406 CHB 84 8182 18921 5329 3130 6600 JX 5133
Old English White Red or Black WT.3 8177 CHW 8 8207 97111 18580 5324 2379 6642 JX 4228

At 08:50 AM 7/4/2007 -0600, Joe Ringey wrote:
"Where can I find a chart of original exterior colors WITH samples?"

See offsite here: http://clancy.ch/Owners_Pack_files/Colours.pdf (3.1-MB pdf file). Reproducing an exact rendition of an original factory paint color in original paint material would be very difficult. There is no such thing as an MGA in original factory paint that is not faded with time. Also colors of sample chips can vary widely between different computer monitors.

You can start with various manufacturer's' color codes above. If you visit an automotive paint supply shop you may find some print copy of color chips for these codes. If the chips are old stock original printing they may be faded. If the chips are modern printing they may more closely illustrate the results of modern paint materials. That may or may not be a close resemblance of the original colors. Traditionally you could find paint color chips along with the paint mixing codes. That could work as long as the pant base material was original, but in recent years the paint materials have changed rather dramatically. Today it would be very difficult to match the exact appearance of original paint using currently available modern paint materials.

For what it's worth, you can find color chips for Austin Healey and MG cars in scanned video form here:
www.tcpglobal.com/autocolorlibrary/acl_files/ahmg.html.
Problem there is that video monitors have a wide range of display colors and no two will give the same color results. The webmaster's scanner would also introduce color errors. And there is no telling how much the color chips may have faded in the decades between original issue and recent posting. The only way to get close with color chips is to find an original issue print sheet and hope it hasn't faded beyond recognition.

For a general impression of what these colors may look like on your car you can find pictures of cars here:
www.mgcars.org.uk/mgccmga/gallery/1500_colours.shtml
www.mgcars.org.uk/mgccmga/gallery/1600_colours.shtml

Here is a link to Paul Tegler's web site containing lots of color reference photos for MGBs. A few (very few) of these colors are the same as for MGA. Maybe it helps (or maybe not). www.teglerizer.com/mgcolors

Next suggestion is to visit some car shows, see if you find a color you like, and ask the car owner for the color and paint information. That's about all I have. Hope it helps.

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