1966 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 sport coupes (or any other series) were built is not known and cannot even be calculated. There were no special SS396 paint colors.



  A ~ Tuxedo Black - El Camino
Black ~ 9,844
88-L A-946 DDL-9300
  C ~ Ermine White - El Camino
White ~ 62,900
4024-L A-1199 DDL-8259
  D ~ Mist Blue - El Camino
Medium Blue ~ 50,530
4630-L A-1720 DDL-13042
  E ~ Danube Blue - El Camino
Dark Blue ~ 16,889
4631-L A-1721 DDL-13002
  F ~ Marina Blue - El Camino
Bright Blue ~ 51,911
4704-L A-1823 DDL-13148
  H ~ Willow Green - El Camino
Medium Green ~ 14,269
4633-L A-1716 DDL-43391
  K ~ Artesian Turquoise - El Camino
Medium Turquoise ~ 33,328
4628-L A-1718 DDL-43364
  L ~ Tropic Turquoise - El Camino
Dark Turquoise ~ 15,235
4703-L A-1816 DDL-43496
  M ~ Aztec Bronze - El Camino
Bronze ~ 28,719
4707-L A-1817R DDL-71525
  N ~ Madeira Maroon - El Camino
Maroon ~ 25,383
4624-LH A-1711M DDL-50700
  R ~ Regal Red - El Camino
Red ~ 27,790
4625-LH A-1712M DDL-71472
  T ~ Sandalwood Tan - El Camino
Fawn ~ 20,229
4706-L A-1821 DDL-22660
  V ~ Cameo Beige - El Camino
Beige ~ 17,119
4401-L A-1530 DDL-22270
  W ~ Chateau Slate - El Camino
Slate ~ 10,592
4708-L A-1819 DDL-32525
  Y ~ Lemonwood Yellow - El Camino
Yellow ~ 26,268
4709-L F-1824 DDL-81528


Any 1966 Chevelle could be ordered with any color available beyond those typically offered at the time. The means of showing a special paint order on the trim tag may vary from plant to plant. Kansas City used the number "0" to indicate special paint but other plants may have used a different means of depicting special paint. A vinyl or convertible top color would be noted with the appropriate number if applicable just as a normal color selection would be. Special order paint had to be approved by the Fleet & Special Order section of Chevrolet. Special order paint could be any color available by any automotive paint manufacturer except, supposedly, Corvette exclusive colors.

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

Lower Upper  

CK ~ Ermine White / Artesian Turquoise ~ 1,704

DC ~ Mist Blue / Ermine White ~ 6,279

DE ~ Mist Blue / Danube Blue ~ 771

HC ~ Willow Green / Ermine White ~ none reported

LC ~ Tropic Turquoise / Ermine White ~ 2,817

NA ~ Madeira Maroon / Tuxedo Black ~ 850

TV ~ Sandalwood Tan / Cameo Beige ~ 4,165

WA ~ Chateau Slate / Tuxedo Black ~ 1,474
Some unique two-tone combinations have been reported on Oshawa, Canada-built Chevelles

MV ~ Aztec Bronze / Cameo Beige



1 ~ White (Std. C05AA)

2 ~ Black (RPO C05BB)

6 ~ Beige (RPO C05AB)



2 ~ Black (RPO C08AA)

6 or 7 ~ Beige (RPO C08AB)

Fremont, CA. continued to use a three letter combination (third letter being wheel color) off and on until late November 1965 when the wheel color code was dropped apparently on all model tags.

Sometime between December of 1965 and January of 1966, Fremont, CA. also changed the format of their trim tags to match other assembly plants.

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 1966 Chevelles including convertibles where they would have a convertible top and sport coupes where they might have a vinyl top. Colors are listed total number of sales from most to least. Two-tone combinations are listed separately.

Popularity Number Total Reported Sold Color
1 62,900 Ermine White
2 51,911 Marina Blue
3 50,530 Mist Blue
4 33,328 Artesian Turquoise
5 28,719 Aztec Bronze
6 27,790 Regal Red
7 26,268 Lemonwood Yellow
8 25,383 Madeira Maroon
9 20,229 Sandalwood Tan
10 17,119 Cameo Beige
11 16,889 Danube Blue
12 15,235 Tropic Turquoise
13 14,269 Willow Green
14 10,592 Chateau Slate
15 9,884 Tuxedo Black
Popularity Number Two-tone Colors - lower/upper
1 6,279 Mist Blue / Ermine White
2 4,165 Sandalwood Tan / Cameo Beige
3 2,817 Tropic Turquoise / Ermine White
4 1,704 Ermine White / Artesian Turquoise
5 1,474 Chateau Slate / Tuxedo Black
6 850 Madeira Maroon / Tuxedo Black
7 771 Mist Blue / Danube Blue
  none reported Willow Green / Ermine White

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 1966 Passenger Colors on the paint code charts, 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.

Example of 1966 Canadian Chevelle trim tag; note "M" for Aztec Bronze Metallic in enamel.

Canada also offered some different two-tone paint combinations not available in the U.S.
Code MV is one such combination found; Aztec Bronze lower with Cameo Beige upper.

1966 Canadian Color Chart
1966 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.

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