1970 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. There are also no known numbers for the different colors of convertible or vinyl tops. So just how many red (or any color) SS396 or SS454 sport coupes (or any other series) were built is not known and cannot even be calculated.  There are a known number of Special Order and prime only Chevelles but no numbers for any special order paint colors by color, series, or body style.

(9xx RPO)

(930)10 ~ Classic White - El Camino - Monte Carlo
White ~ 19,898
(931) 14 ~ Cortez Silver - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Silver ~ 12,959
(932)17 ~ Shadow Gray - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Gray (Dk. Taupe) ~ 11,692
(933)19 ~ Tuxedo Black - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Black ~ 7,327
(935)25 ~ Astro Blue - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Medium Blue ~ 28,849
(937)28 ~ Fathom Blue - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Dark Blue ~ 22,388
(938)34 ~ Misty Turquoise - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Turquoise ~ 12,180
(941)45 ~ Green Mist - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Medium Green ~ 44,631
(942)48 ~ Forest Green - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Dark Green ~ 37,073
(943)50 ~ Gobi Beige - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Yellow ~ 24,066
(946)55 ~ Champagne Gold - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Medium Gold ~ 24,567
(947)58 ~ Autumn Gold - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Dark Gold ~ 25,866
(949)63 ~ Desert Sand - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Saddle ~ 8,651
(952)75 ~ Cranberry Red - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Red ~ 26,515
(953)78 ~ Black Cherry - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Maroon ~ 13,350

Hugger Orange **
Special Order - Hugger Orange ~ n/a
(944)Daytona Yellow **
Special Order - Daytona Yellow ~ n/a
Special & Prime1,916   

* Color figures are only available through March of 1970. Total production figures are not known for the entire year.
** While not SS specific colors in 1970 as they were in 1969, it is probably safe to assume more SS optioned Malibus were ordered with these two colors than non-SS optioned Chevelles in 1970.

1. While not exclusive to 1970, special order colors seem to be more common with this year. Some DuPont paint code formulas found on build sheets and/or trim tags are: 926-76248, 926-99568, 926-98371, 926-99616, 926-97249, 927-98457, and 927-99918.

See my GM A-Body Special Paint Information page for more information on special paint colors.

2. 1970 appears to have done away with letters designating paint codes, even on the invoices.  All numbers in parenthesis were followed simply by 'AA'.

The lower body panel on El Camino for Argent Silver is DuPont 9296L or Ditzler (PPG) color number DQE-8568.

The charcoal gray on SS wheels can be duplicated with the following formula.
DCC DK Argent Metallic Flat NX
Match to DDL32961

DMC 900 38.0 38.0
DMC 908 10.0 48.0
DMC 983 110.0 158.0
DMC 902 153.0 311.0
DX 685 850.0 1161.0
DMC 981 790.0 1951.0

The formula states to mix 4 parts paint one part either DU 5 or maybe DV 5.


Special Paint (RPO ZP3) was coded differently from different plants. As seen here, the Van Nuys example puts the DuPont mixing formula on the trim tag itself where Atlanta, Baltimore and Kansas City tended to simply put two dashes ( - - ) in the paint code position on the trim tag. If the car included a vinyl or convertible top then one dash or the DuPont mixing code would appear followed by the normal letter designation for the top such as "- A ." If you have a special paint ordered Chevelle, please let me know where the car was built and what the trim tag indicates and please include a photo of the trim tag if possible.

Several other colors are listed in Chevrolet's "Production-By Exterior Color" report with N.O. reported as sales.

CodeRPO ColorSales Name
26936Brt. BlueMulsanne Blue
43940Lime Green *Citrus Green
67950BronzeClassic Copper
* Report actually has "Line Green"

It should be noted that various OEM paint suppliers may have supplied additional colors for other GM division makes (Buick, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac for example) and if a particular plant assembled that other make, a color not available on Chevelles would be readily available. A "Special Paint" optioned Chevelle trim tag may have a dash character, a blank space, the DuPont mixing formula, or even the paint code for the non-Chevelle make on the trim tag. It might depend on the standard operating procedure for a given plant on how the paint code on the trim tag was handled. For example, the Oldsmobile has a comparable Daytona Yellow (paint code 51 and Oldsmobile sales name of Sebring Yellow) and at least one Arlington Chevelle has this paint code on the trim tag.

(9xx RPO)
Two-tone code 961 - 25/10 ~ Astro Blue / Classic White ~ 2,667
Two-tone code 962 - 25/28 ~ Astro Blue / Fathom Blue ~ 628
(937) (935)
Two-tone code 963 - 28/25 ~ Fathom Blue / Astro Blue ~ 545
Two-tone code 964 - 34/10 ~ Misty Turquoise / Classic White ~ 2,404
Two-tone code 965 - 63/10 ~ Desert Sand / Classic White ~ 2,262
Two-tone code 966 - 55/10 ~ Champagne Gold / Classic White ~ 995
Two-tone code 967 - 58/10 ~ Autumn Gold / Classic White ~ 2,408

Nothing in any GM paint/interior charts show two-tone paint being offered in a station wagon or El Camino body style. If you have information to the contrary, please contact me.

It should be noted the double-letter codes below are ordering codes. Where applicable on the Fisher Body number plate a single letter is used.



A ~ White (Std. C05AA)

B ~ Black (RPO C05BB)



A ~ White (Std. RPO C08AA) - (AB)

B ~ Black (RPO C08BB) - (AA)

C ~ Dark Blue (RPO C08CC) - (AC)

G ~ Dark Green (RPO C08GG) - (AD)

H ~ Dark Gold (RPO C08HH) - (AE)

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 1970 Chevelles including convertibles where they would have a convertible top, sport coupes, sport sedans and sedan pickups where they might have a vinyl top. Colors are listed total number of sales from most to least. Two-tone combinations are listed separately. And, again, figures are only available through March of 1970 and do not reflect the entire production run.

Popularity NumberTotal Reported SoldColor
144,631Green Mist
237,073Forest Green
328,849Astro Blue
426,515Cranberry Red
525,866Autumn Gold
624,567Champagne Gold
724,066Gobi Beige
822,388Fathom Blue
919,898Classic White
1013,350Black Cherry
1112,959Cortez Silver
1212,180Misty Turquoise
1311,692Shadow Gray
148,651Desert Sand
157,327Tuxedo Black
161,916Special & Prime
17n/aMonaco/Hugger Orange *
18n/aDaytona Yellow *
* Listed with GM paint code but no quantity reported but may be included in Special & Prime.
Popularity NumberTwo-toneColors - lower/upper
12,667Astro Blue / Classic White
22,408Autumn Gold / Classic White
32,404Misty Turquoise / Classic White
42,262Desert Sand / Classic White
5955Champagne Gold / Classic White
6628Astro Blue / Fathom Blue
7545Fathom Blue / Astro Blue

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 1970 General Motors Buick-Chev-Olds-Pontiac - Canadian & U.S. Production 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.

1970 Canadian Color Chart

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.

* Paint color totals were only reported through March of 1970 so these figures are (1) not complete and (2) may not show trends for colors heading into the summer being more popular percentage wise.