1969 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 are a known number of Hugger Orange and Daytona Yellow SS-only colors known but neither by series or body style.

(9xx RPO)

(910AA)10 ~ Tuxedo Black - El Camino
Black ~ 7,441
(916YY)40 ~ Butternut Yellow - El Camino
Yellow ~ 27,028
(911CC)50 ~ Dover White - El Camino
White ~ 33,152
(923EE)51 ~ Dusk Blue - El Camino
Dark Blue ~ 19,230
(913RR)52 ~ Garnet Red - El Camino
Red ~ 29,449
(922DD)53 ~ Glacier Blue - El Camino
Blue ~ 36,377
(921KK)55 ~ Azure Turquoise - El Camino
Turquoise ~ 22,980
(920VV)57 ~ Fathom Green - El Camino
Dark Green ~ 41,226
(919WW)59 ~ Frost Green(2)- El Camino
Lime ~ 81,883
(918SS)61 ~ Burnished Brown - El Camino
Dark Brown ~ 17,724
(917MM)63 ~ Champagne - El Camino
Champagne ~ 23,610
(915GG)65 ~ Olympic Gold - El Camino
Gold ~ 44,118
(914NN)67 ~ Burgundy - El Camino
Maroon ~ 14,415
(912BB)69 ~ Cortez Silver - El Camino
Silver ~ 20,419
(924FF)71 ~ LeMans Blue - El Camino
Bright Blue ~ 51,060
(927QQ)72 ~ Monaco/Hugger Orange - El Camino (1)
Orange ~ 5,194
(926PP)76 ~ Daytona Yellow - El Camino (1)
Bright Yellow ~ 2,841
Special & Prime3,465   

(1) Only available with SS or COPO option and coded appropriately on the trim tag as 72 or 76. When special ordered on a NON-SS optioned car, the paint code would show - - (two dash characters unless vinyl top was ordered as well), blank, or the OEM paint supplier's mixing code will be shown. Some GM documentation calls the color Monaco Orange while others call it Hugger Orange. The PPG color chip chart lists it as Hugger Orange under Chevrolet except the Corvette section which is listed as Monaco Orange; both carry the same PPG paint code 2084. For consistency on this site paint code 72 will be referred to as Monaco Orange when referring to the 1969 Chevelle as that is how the color is best known; interesting that at least one Baltimore window sticker used the name Hugger Orange. Both colors were a $42.15 option when ordered with the SS 396 equipment package.

(2) Both sales names of "Frost Lime" and "Frost Green" have been found on various GM documents.

The 1968 Camaro was marketed as "The Hugger" for its handling characteristics. When the orange color was introduced as a factory color in 1969 the Camaro's sales name was called "Hugger Orange" where the Corvette was "Monaco Orange."

Both Monaco/Hugger Orange and Daytona Yellow could be ordered on any non-SS Chevelle but the trim tag would reflect the paint code section with either a blank area, dash character ( - ) or the DuPont mixing formula depending on the particular assembly plant's standard operating procedure. A vinyl of convertible top color would be noted with the appropriate letter 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 Cadillac Firemist colors due to the coarseness of the metallic in the paint and, supposedly, Corvette exclusive colors.

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

* Interesting to note that even though the paint codes on the trim tag changed to numbers from letters, factory invoices still used letters to identify the paint color of the more 'standard' colors like 'CC' for white, 'RR' for red, etc.

The lower body panel on Malibus for Argent Silver is DuPont mixing formula 927-95905 or 41253, Ditzler (PPG) color number is DE-8568.

Special paint trim tags show a dash character(s) or blank area on Baltimore tags. Two have been brought to our attention, both with 06D body dates as it turns out. One purported to be Monaco/Hugger Orange (72) has a code of B1357 just after the body date and another purported to be Rallye Green (79) and a code of 1699. These codes are found just after the date code on the bottom line and not in the typical paint code area.


53/50 (924DC) ~ Glacier Blue / Dover White
53/50 (954DC) ~ Glacier Blue / Dover White ~ 4,590


51/53 (9??ED) ~ Dusk Blue / Glacier Blue 53/51 (955DE) ~ Glacier Blue / Dusk Blue  ~ 798


51/53 (956ED) ~ Dusk Blue / Glacier Blue ~ 833


65/50 (957GC) ~ Olympic Gold / Dover White ~ 5,057

65/50 (957GC) ~ Olympic Gold / Dover White


55/50 (958KC) ~ Azure Turquoise / Dover White ~ 4,754


61/63 (9??SM) ~ Burnished Brown / Champagne
61/63 (959SM) ~ Burnished Brown / Champagne ~ 5,658

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 (RPO C05AA)

B ~ Black (RPO C05BB)



B ~ Black (RPO C08BB)

E ~ Parchment (RPO C08EE)

C ~ Dark Blue (RPO C08CC)

F ~ Dark Brown (RPO C08FF)

G or S ~ Midnight Green (RPO C08GG)

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 1969 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
181,883Frost Lime
251,060LeMans Blue
344,118Olympic Gold
441,226Fathom Green
536,377Glacier Blue
633,152Dover White
729,449Garnet Red
827,028Butternut Yellow
1022,980Azure Turquoise
1120,419Cortez Silver
1219,230Dusk Blue
1317,724Burnished Brown
157,441Tuxedo Black
165,194Monaco/Hugger Orange *
173,465Special & Prime
182,841Daytona Yellow *
* Only available with RPO Z25 SS 396 Equipment option.
Popularity NumberTwo-toneColors - lower/upper
15,658Burnished Brown / Champagne
25,057Olympic Gold / Dover White
34,754Azure Turquoise / Dover White
44,590Glacier Blue / Dover white
5833Dusk Blue / Glacier Blue
6798Glacier Blue / Dusk 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 1969 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.

1969 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.