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I've recently acquired a 1974, 450SL and have located a data plate on the radiator support frame with several rows of numbers, in addition to the vehicles VIN plate. I would like to restore this car and my question is, how do I know which of these numbers designates the color code of the car and what type or manufacturer of paint was used? My paint is badly oxidized and I would like to specify the correct color and type. I have searched in the manuals and there appears to be no reference to decoding these numbers. The present color is a medium, metallic blue which, I beleve, is original.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Row 3 is the color code (below the VIN ,dead center all by itself)

Tell me what it is and I'll tell you the color name.

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The third line of the plate reads as follows:

387H 387H M6

The existing paint color is a metallic, medium blue. Like an ocean blue. On my vintage BMW motorcycle, Glasurit paint product was used, and if I understand it correctly, it was an enamel of some kind. I don't know if this applies to MBz, however, but it would be nice to know who'se product was used.

Thanks for your help!

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No problem.

387 is just 'blue',no fancy name.Other options of blue are

396 medium blue
375 atoll blue
366 azurite blue
356 light blue
348 ice blue
341 aquamarine blue
335 mercedes blue

The paint is Glasurit and here's a link to their site

http://www.glasurit.com

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Thank you very much. This is most helpful!

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Hey Nutz,

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The third line of the plate reads as follows:

387H 387H M6

The existing paint color is a metallic, medium blue. Like an ocean blue. On my vintage BMW motorcycle, Glasurit paint product was used, and if I understand it correctly, it was an enamel of some kind. I don't know if this applies to MBz, however, but it would be nice to know who'se product was used.

Thanks for your help!

Norman C
Code Color (* = metallic)
040 black (schwarz)
050 white (weiss)
122 pearl grey (perlmattgrau)*
124 arabian grey (arabergrau)
125 pearl grey (perlgrau)
131 pastellweiss
140 silver grey (silbergrau)
143 fern white
147 arctic white (arcticweiss)
149 polar white (polarweiss)
153 snow white (schneeweiss), glacier white
157 beige grey (beigegrau)
158 white grey (weissgrau)
160 tropic black*
162 blue grey (blaugrau)
164 dark grey (dunkelgrau)
166 blue grey (blaugrau)
169 light stone grey (steingrau hell)
171 stone grey (steingrau)
172 anthracite grey (anthrazitgrau)*
173 anthracite grey (anthrazitgrau)
178 medium grey (mittelgrau)*
180 silver grey (silbergrau)*
181 light beige (hellbeige)
185 melanite black*
186 cement grey (zementgrau)
189 greenish-black (emerald black) (smaragdsschwarz)*
190 graphite grey (graphitgrau)
195 meteor grey (meteorgrau)*
197 obsidian black*
199 black pearl (blue-black) (blauschwarz)*
218 lindgrün
221 dark green (dunkelgrün)
226 moss green (moosgrün)
229 medium green (mittelgrün)
231 perlmutter grün
249 spruce green (malachite) (malachit)*
254 pine green*
256 crystal green*
259 forest green (waldgrün)
260 oasis green (oasengrün)
261 willow green*
268 dark green (dunkelgrün) blaugrün?
269 tourmaline green (turmalingrün)*
270 blue green (blaugrün)
272 amazon green (amazonitgrün)*
274 light green (hellgrün)*
278 tundra green (tundragrün)
279 vivianite green (vivianitgrün)*
282 jungle green (dschungelgrün)*
291 dark olive (dunkeloliv)
304 horizon blue (horizontblau)
312 labrador blue
317 grey blue (graublau)
320 blue (blau)
332 dark blue (dunkelblau)
334 light blue (hellblau)
335 mercedesblau
339 violane (violan)*
341 aquamarine blue (aquamarinblau)*
348 ice blue (pearl blue) (perlblau)*
350 medium blue (mittelblau)
353 light blue (hellblau), teallite blue
3538 chassisrot
355 diamond blue (diamintblau)*
356 light blue (hellblau)
359 tanzanite blue (tansanitblau)
366 azurite blue (azuritblue)*
375 atoll blue*
380 delphinblau
381 violet (floraviolett)
387 blue (blau)*
396 medium blue (mittelblau)*
404 milan brown (milanbraun)*
406 cayenne orange (cayenneorange)
408 havana brown (havannabraun)
409 dark brown (dunkelbraun)
4100 cement grey (zementgrau)
412 beige
419 ikonengold*
4200 light blue (hellblau)
422 byzanzgold*
423 dark tobacco brown (tabakbraun dunkel)
424 topaz brown (topasbraun)
427 russet brown
430 autumn beige (herbstbeige)
432 havana brown* (also bisonbraun?)
439 cream (creme)
441 desert taupe (impala brown) (hellbeige)*
442 deer brown (rehbraun)
444 sand beige
459 maroon brown
460 dark red brown (dunkelrotbraun)
461 bronze brown (broncebraun)*
462 beige*
463 copper (kupfer)*
467 sandbeige*
470 coloradobeige
473 champagne (champagnermetallic)*
475 nutria*
476 golden brown
479 walnut brown (also moorbraun?)
480 manganese brown*
481 blackberry (bornite) (bornit)*
482 apricot orange
483 volcanic red (vulcanrot)*
485 rosewood (rosenholz)*
501 orient red
504 english red (englischrot)
512 garnet red (almadine red) (almandinrot)*
513 bordeau red (bordeauxrot)
514 carnelian (agate) red (karneolrot)
516 medium red (mittelrot)
519 red, light red (rot)
525 brilliant red (brillantrot)*
526 mercedes red (mercedesrot)
5328 standard blue (standardblau)
534 fire red (feuerrot)
538 red brown (rotbraun)
540 desert red (barolo red) (barolorot)
542 dark red (dunkelrot)
543 strawberry red (erdbeerrot)
567 maroon (lasurrot)* (also titanite red, titanitrot)*
568 signal red (signalrot) (hellrot)
571 brilliant red (rot)*
572 ruby red (rubin)*
573 dark bordeau red (dunkelbordeauxrot)
574 spindelrot
576 red (rot)
581 inca red*
582 imperial red (imperialrot)
585 mesa red
587 cabernet red (pajettrot)*
589 jupiter red
594 ember red (glutrot)
597 saturn red*
606 maple yellow (ahorngelb)
608 ivory (elfenbein)
618 mimosa yellow (mimosangelb)
620 light ivory (hellelfenbein)
623 light ivory (hellelfinbein)
6277 standard green (standardgrün)
6285 pine green (fichtengrün)
6286 unimog green (unimog-grün)
630 corn yellow (maisgelb)
651 pueblo beige
658 ivory (elfenbein)
670 light ivory (hellelfenbein)
673 sahara yellow (saharagelb)
680 sun yellow
681 manila beige (also weizengelb?)
684 pastel beige
690 light ochre
691 light yellow (lichtgelb)
693 travertine beige*
696 night black
702 smoke silver (rauchsilber)*
706 moonlight silver (mondsilber)*
716 grey beige (graubeige)
717 papyrus white (papyrosweiss)
7186 pearl grey (perlgrau)
7187 standard grey (standardgrau)
721 onyx grey (onyxgrau)*
723 cubanite silver (cubanitsilber)*
726 beige grey (beigegrau)
728 beige grey (beigegrau)*
733 phantom grey (phantomgrau)
735 astral silver (astralsilber) (bundt style wheels)*
737 classic white (classicweiss)
740 pastel grey (pastellgrau)
744 brilliant silver (brillantsilber)*
745 crystal silver*
747 perlite grey*
748 comet grey*
751 ascot grey (liasgrau)
752 carrara grey
753 (tektitgrau)
761 polar silver*
791 dune gold*
801 mangrove green*
803 moss green
815 agate green (achatgrün)
816 agate green, andradite green
822 forest green
824 sea green (seegrün)
825 deep green (tiefgrün)
834 moss green (moosgrün)*
858 mesa red?????
860 green (grün)
861 silver green (silbergrün)*
862 pine green (piniengrün)*
867 kaledoniengrün
870 nickelgrün
874 citrus green (citrusgrün)*
875 mango green
876 cypress green (zypressengrün)*
877 blue green (also petrol?)*
880 cactus green (agavengrün)
881 thistle green* (also silberdistel?)
888 teal blue (beryl) (beryll)*
891 alexandrite green (alexandritgrün)*
900 deep blue (surfblau)
903 blue (blau)
904 midnight blue (dark blue) (dunkelblau)
906 grey blue (graublau)*
917 aqua (aquablau)
920 deep blue (tiefblau)
922 pastel blue (pastellblau)
929 nautical blue (nautikblau)*
930 silver blue*
931 magnetite blue (magnetitblau)*
932 lapis blue (lapisblau)*
933 deep-sea blue (tiefseeblau)*
934 china blue (chinablau)
940 marine blue
941 (aragonitblau)
945 lapis blue (lapisblau)
949 cascade blue (kaskadenblau)
958 reef blue*
960 light ochre????? also alabaster white?


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Doesn't the "H" after the number designate Spies Hecker paint, a "G" for glasurit?
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I have always been told the H stands for Herbert. Which became Herbert-Standox and now is called Standox.
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Sorry to revive this old thread but I have a question...

I see in the list posted that there are a lot of different "red" color codes. Is this a master list that encompasses old as well as new colors? An if these are every color ever painted on an MBZ then my question is...is there a way to find out (or does anyone know) what the available "red" color options were back in 1973 for a 450 SLC?

I discovered that my SLC started out in life as Astral Silver...but at some point was painted a "red". I want to get it repainted, but I'm not sure how difficult or feasible it would be to change it back to Astral Silver (pretty much everything except the engine bay was painted red). If I'm going to stick with the color red, then I would prefer an original shade of red.

Thank you in advance

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