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Read about a new CD available containing classic car colour codes

Colours and paint code information.

Information available on CD for anyone restoring an old car

(This article was sent in by a visitor to this site who has researched the colours used to paint classic cars between 1957-1969.)

I have worked in the car trade most of my life and seen many changes over the years. I work for a company that supplies paint for the refurbishment of motor vehicles, every now and again we get someone coming in with there pride and joy only to find that modern car colour books donít go very far back in time for older vehicles, and companies like ICI, PPG etc no longer keep data on these older colours.

But one day at work I was asked to go to another branch of ours to help out and this problem occurred there, one of the other staff told me to go and see OLD ERIC (78 yrs young) who works in purchasing, this I did and he told me what colour it should be by looking in this 30yr+ book that was falling to bits.

I thought to myself what a sacred piece of kit, I asked Eric if I could take it home to copy all this info onto computer, as this book would not last much longer and he agreed. This was the start of my 6-month project to carefully copy all that info, checking some of the references that was not clear because of age and being thumbed over the years.

But now itís finished and safely on CD and available to anyone who would like to purchase a copy.

The CD covers 1957-1969, covering Armstrong siddeley, all BMC models, inc Austin, Morris, Triumph, M.G. Rover, Jag and Daimler, plus Aston Martin, Alfa, BMW, Daf, Fiat, Citroen, Lotus, Saab, Ford, Rolls Royce and Bentley, Peugeot, Porsche, Reliant, Mercedes, NSU, Opel, Toyota, Nissan/Datsun, Renault, All Rootes group (Hillman, Singer, Humber, Sunbeam), Volvo, Vauxhall, and Volkswagen. Plus some commercials colours.

Copies available for £10 by contacting Steve Wright on 07739340592 or Email-:

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