1968 Chevelle Exterior Paint Codes - (Canada 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.

1968 COLORS

PAINT CODE / SALES NAME
Color
LUCITERINSHED-MASONDITZLER
 A ~ Tuxedo Black - El Camino
Black ~ 6,312
88A-9469300
 C ~ Ermine White - El Camino
White ~ 41,434
4024-LA-11998259
 D ~ Grotto Blue - El Camino
Medium Blue ~ 46,218
4892-LA-198513512
 E ~ Fathom Blue - El Camino
Dark Blue ~ 10,819
4899-LA-199213513
 F ~ Island Teal - El Camino
Medium Teal ~ 21,682
4904-LA-1994610 13514
 G ~ Ash Gold - El Camino
Ivory Gold ~ 80,812
4896-LA-198822942
 H ~ Grecian Green - El Camino
Medium Green ~ 35,436
4902-LA-199543775
 K ~ Tripoli Turquoise - El Camino
Turquoise ~ 29,146
4900-LA-199313517
 L ~ Teal Blue - El Camino
Dark Teal ~ 19,968
4893-LA-198613516
 N ~ Cordovan Maroon - El Camino
Maroon ~ 16,811
4915-LHA-1999M50775
 P ~ Seafrost Green - El Camino
Silver Green ~ 22,419
4897-LA-198943774
 R ~ Matador Red - El Camino
Red ~ 37,000
4948-LHA-1997R71634
 T ~ Palomino Ivory - El Camino
Ivory ~ 25,521
4895-LA-198781617
 V ~ Sequoia Green - El Camino
Dark Green ~ 16,142
4898-LA-199043773
 Y ~ Butternut Yellow - El Camino
Yellow ~ 33,167
4620-LA-171581500

Special paint trim tags show a the dash character or the letter "O" on Kansas City tags; Fremont used the dash character as well. Other plants are unknown at this time.

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

Two-Tone
LowerUpper 
 

DC ~ Grotto Blue / Ermine White
5,186 ~ Malibu, 131-132xx, and 133-134xx.
 

DE ~ Grotto Blue / Fathom Blue
664 ~ Malibu,  131-132xx, and 133-134xx.
 

ED ~ Fathom Blue / Grotto Blue
332 ~ Malibu,  131-132xx, and 133-134xx.
(950)

GT ~ Ash Gold / Palomino Ivory
8,917 ~ SS396, Malibu,  131-132xx, and 133-134xx.
 

KC ~ Tripoli Turquoise / Ermine White
none reported ~ SS396
 

LF ~ Teal Blue / Island Teal
1,502 ~ SS396,  Malibu

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

COLOR

CONVERTIBLE TOP CODE ~ COLOR


1 ~ White (Std. C05AA)


2 ~ Black (RPO C05BB)


4 ~ Blue *

COLOR

VINYL TOP CODE ~ COLOR


1 or 6 ~ White (Std. C08AA)


2 ~ Black (RPO C08BB)

* Correspondence with a fellow enthusiast in September of 2009 about the Medium Blue convertible top has revealed this interesting tidbit of information.
 - I tracked down Kimmy at Eletrontop in New York, 800-221-4476. I sent her the photos that you sent me and she immediately said without any hesitation, “OH, that is GM medium blue.” She went on to say that this was discontinued 10 years ago. She said that the original Haartz material number was S71358ZDT. This number was replaced many years ago by Haartz #2750045A (this number was discontinued 10 years ago). She was very knowledgeable and quick to be helpful.


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 1968 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 NumberTotal Reported SoldColor
180,812Ash Gold
246,218Grotto Blue
341,434Ermine White
437,000Matador Red
535,436Grecian Green
633,167Butternut Yellow
729,146Tripoli Turquoise
822,419Seafrost Green
925,251Palomino Ivory
1021,682Island Teal
1119,968Teal Blue
1216,811Cordovan Maroon
1316,142Sequoia Green
1410,819Fathom Blue
156,312Tuxedo Black
   
Popularity NumberTwo-toneColors - lower/upper
18,917Ash Gold / Palomino Ivory
25,186Grotto Blue / Ermine White
31,502Teal Blue / Island Teal
4664Grotto Blue / Fathom Blue
5332Fathom Blue / Grotto Blue
6none reportedTripoli Turquoise / 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 1968 General Motors Passenger Colors - 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. If there is a prefix #9 on the Fisher Body Number plate, the color is done in enamel instead of lacquer.

1968 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.