1964 Chevelle Exterior Paint Codes - (Canada Paint Chart)

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It should be noted up front that there are no known numbers for any particular color for a particular series or body style whether it be a solid color or two tone. The numbers shown below are valid for all series and body style Chevelles except where noted for the Malibu SS. There are also no known numbers for the different colors of convertible tops. So just how many red (or any color) Malibu SS Chevelle sport coupes (or any other series) were built is not known and cannot even be calculated. There are a known number of Goldwood Yellow Malibu SSs were built but not by body style.

 900 (A) ~ Tuxedo Black - El Camino
Black ~ 12,557
 905 (J) ~ Meadow Green - El Camino
Medium Green ~ 7,984
 908 (E) ~ Bahama Green - El Camino
Dark Green ~ 4,144
 912 (F) ~ Silver Blue - El Camino
Medium Blue ~ 40,207
 916 (W) ~ Daytona Blue - El Camino
Dark Blue ~ 31,040
 918 (P) ~ Azure Aqua - El Camino
Medium Aqua ~ 38,385
 919 (Q) ~ Lagoon Aqua - El Camino
Dark Aqua ~ 10,013
 920 (T) ~ Almond Fawn - El Camino
Medium Fawn ~ 17,022
 922 (V) ~ Ember Red - El Camino
Medium Red ~ 17,340
 932 (S) ~ Saddle Tan - El Camino
Light Saddle ~ 10,583
 936 (C) ~ Ermine White - El Camino
White ~ 69,006
 938 (R) ~ Desert Beige - El Camino
Beige ~ 19,634
 940 (D) ~ Satin Silver - El Camino
Silver ~ 8,142
 943 (K) ~ Goldwood Yellow - n/a *
Yellow ~ 6,803
 948 (L) ~ Palomar Red - El Camino
Maroon ~ 19,469
* Goldwood Yellow was only available on Malibu SS series; not available on El Camino.

2. Fremont, CA.-built 1964 Chevelles used letters for paint colors as noted by the letters in parentheses above. Other U.S. assembly plants used either a 3 or 4 digit (for convertibles) RPO paint code.

Example of Fremont, CA. paint code. Note "CP" for Ermine White (C) upper and Azure Aqua (P) lower in a two-tone paint scheme. The last "C" code is also unique to Fremont indicating the wheel color as well. At any other assembly plant the paint code would be 988.

Example of Kansas City, MO. paint code of 959 for two-tone paint scheme of Ermine White (upper) and Silver Blue (lower). A corresponding code from Fremont, CA. would be "CF C" as the "CP C" code shown above.

Courtesy Lee Lupher
Fremont quirks never cease to amaze me. No two-tone combination of Silver Blue (F) upper and Ermine White (C) lower is known. More probable, the correct two-tone is like the KC example above of Ermine White (upper) and Silver Blue (lower) with silver blue wheels, or CFF. It's also possible the wheel color (F) was stamped first followed by the upper then lower body color. The hand stamped #7 is unusual for a Fremont tag in 1964.


(1964 only)

(1964 only)

The Fremont, CA. assembly plant used the letter codes for paint color designation in 1964 except for two very early tags found with no body date (known to be before October 1963) and the upper body color was listed first, then the lower body color. All other assembly plants used a 3 digit number for paint codes except on convertibles when a 4th digit was added to designate the convertible top color. No Fremont convertible tag has turned up to date so it's not known how Fremont handled the convertible top color on the trim tag.

 952 (EJ) ~ 524
Bahama Green / Meadow Green
  954 (CJ) ~ 1,709
Ermine White / Meadow Green
 959 (CF) * ~ 7,490
Ermine White / Silver Blue
 960 (WF) ~ 1,160
Daytona Blue / Silver Blue
  965 (CQ) * ~ 4,298
Ermine White / Lagoon Aqua
  971 (RS) ~ 3,977
Desert Beige / Saddle Tan
  975 (RV) * ~ 1,959
Desert Beige / Ember Red
  982 (WD) ~ 1,010
Daytona Blue / Satin Silver
  988 (CP) ~ 4,066
Ermine White / Azure Aqua
  993 (RL) ~ 1,387
Desert Beige / Palomar Red
  995 (DL) ~ 890
Satin Silver / Palomar Red

* Several Fremont trim tags have been found where the paint code letters seem to be reversed from the normal upper body color followed by the lower body color.  The two FCF tags above and a reported QCQ coded tag.


1 ~ White

2 ~ Black

3 ~ Beige

Color Rating by Sales

It needs to be pointed out that there is no known breakdown of color and specific series or body style, numbers are for all 1964 Chevelles including convertibles where they would have a convertible top. Colors are listed total number of sales from most to least. Two-tone combinations are listed separately.

Popularity NumberTotal Reported SoldColor
169,006Ermine White
240,207Silver Blue
338,385Azure Aqua
431,040Daytona Blue
519,634Desert Beige
619,469Palomar Red
717,340Ember Red
817,022Almond Fawn
912,557Tuxedo Black
1010,583Saddle Tan
1110,013Lagoon Aqua
128,142Satin Silver
137,984Meadow Green
146,803Goldwood Yellow *
154,114Bahama Green
* Goldwood Yellow was only available on Malibu SS series.
Popularity NumberTwo-toneColors - upper/lower
17,490Ermine White / Silver Blue
24,298Ermine White / Lagoon Aqua
34,066Ermine White / Azure Aqua
43,977Desert Beige / Saddle Tan
51,959Desert Beige / Ember Red
61,709Ermine White / Meadow Green
71,387Desert Beige / Palomar Red
81,160Daytona Blue / Silver Blue
91,010Daytona Blue / Satin Silver
10890Satin Silver / Palomar Red
11524Bahama Green / Meadow Green

GM of Canada Paint Code Chart

General Motors of Canada, LTD. offered many of the same colors as their U.S. counterpart. Although these colors are listed as 1964 Passenger Colours on the paint code chart, it's unknown if these additional colors were available on Chevelles as well. Several Canadian colors were identical to U.S. colors, only the sales names were a bit different.

1964 Canadian Color Codes

Color vs. Sales Name

Paint color names often differ from the advertised Sales Name. One example might be where the factory paint color is simply RED but the sales name may be BOLERO RED or CRANBERRY RED. Yes, the paint mixing formulas are different between BOLERO RED and CRANBERRY RED but to the factory it was still just red. In a case where their may be two or more hues of a color with sales names such as DEEPWATER BLUE, NANTUCKET BLUE, and MARINA BLUE, the factory colors are simply shown as MEDIUM BLUE, DARK BLUE, or BRIGHT BLUE. A given paint color for a year may have a different sales name for Chevrolet than it does for say Buick, Oldsmobile, or Pontiac. An example of this is the 1969 sales name for Chevrolet of HUGGER/MONACO ORANGE is the same color as the 1969/1970 Pontiac sales name of CAROUSEL RED. Same color, same OEM supplier mixing formula, just different sales names for the two GM divisions.