I am currently restoring my grandpas old W115 220 D, and one thing I'm still unsure of, is what colour to repaint it in. The car is red (see avatar) but it's not the original colour anymore, as it was repainted once already, in a colour which wasn't the original one.
In my car documents, it says that the original colour of the car was Red 576. However, when I showed my grand parents or my mother photos of Mercs with Red 576 (photos that I found online), they all said the car was much darker. So I showed them all a range of different reds, and the ones where they all shouted "This was the colour!" was always "Darkred 542".
Even other people who knew the car back then said it was never Red 576… so it's a weird story, because my grandparents bought the car new (still have the bill and everything), but I thought maybe the car was repainted while it was still new. I don't know why that would happen, but everything is possible.
I have removed everything from the car (whole interior, all body parts, removing the engine soon) and on some places I see in fact a red that is darker than Red 576. The mystery goes on…
That's why I'd like to collect photos of MBs that are either Red 576 or Red 542 now. Personally, from what I've seen on the car, I believe it's none of these, but I believe it's something in between. 576 is too bright and 542 is too dark. Plus, everyone told me it was an actual RED, whereas 576 seems to have a touch of violet or dark pink, and 542 sometimes seems to have a touch of brown or rust colour. I do see traces of 576 on the interior too however. Hinting that the car may have been repainted before it was delivered to my grandparents. But maybe not…
So… if anyone's got a car in one of these colours, I'd really appreciate it if you could post some pictures! If you happened to collect some photos of red Mercs over the years, and they happen to be in one of these colours, again, I'd be thankful if you could post them here!
When you search for these two colours on the internet, you don't get many results. Seems like they're pretty rare colours (apparently they were both "Special Colours").