1971 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 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 Malibus (or any other color, series, or body style) were built is not known and cannot even be calculated.

(9xx RPO)

(904) 11 ~ Antique White - El Camino - Monte Carlo
5338L A-2080 2058
(905) 13 ~ Nevada Silver - El Camino - Monte Carlo
5276L A-2438 2327
(919) 19 ~ Tuxedo Black - El Camino - Monte Carlo
88L A-946 9300
(907) 24 ~ Ascot Blue - El Camino - Monte Carlo
5270L A-2439 2328
(976) 26 ~ Mulsanne Blue - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Baby Blue
5327L A-2482 2329
(910) 42 ~ Cottonwood Green - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Light Green
5274L A-2444G 2333
(922) 43 ~ Lime Green - El Camino - Monte Carlo
5322L A-2445D 2334
(911) 49 ~ Antique Green - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Dark Green
5273L A-2448 2337
(912) 52 ~ Sunflower Yellow - El Camino - Monte Carlo
5283LH A-2422 2338
(925) 53 ~ Placer Gold - El Camino - Monte Carlo
5280LH A-2449F 2339
(919) 61 ~ Sandalwood - El Camino - Monte Carlo
5325L A-2273 2181
(915) 62 ~ Burnt Orange - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Burnt Orange
5281L A-2451G 2340
(916) 67 ~ Classic Copper - El Camino - Monte Carlo
5323L A-2276G 2341
(917) 75 ~ Cranberry Red - El Camino - Monte Carlo
5339LH A-2278F 2189
(918) 78 ~ Rosewood - El Camino - Monte Carlo
5275L A-2461 2350

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

Special order paint continued to be popular like this Carolina Blue Malibu and Pontiac Verdoro Green El Camino. The Fisher Body plate may or may not have an indication of the paint color used.

Special Paint (RPO ZP3) was coded differently from different plants. As seen here, this Arlington example put no codes on the trim tag itself where other plants simply put two dashes ( - - ) or the DuPont mixing formula in the paint code position on the trim tag.

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.

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

Lower Upper  
26/11 ~ Mulsanne Blue / Antique White
43/11 ~ Lime Green / Antique White
(911)   49/11 ~ Antique Green / Antique White
(925)   53/11 ~ Placer Gold / Antique White
(919)   61/11 ~ Sandalwood / Antique White
(915) 62/11 ~ Burnt Orange / Antique White
Canada had several unique two-tone combinations as well. These will be listed as they become known.
(915) (919) 62/19 ~ Burnt Orange / Tuxedo Black

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 (RPO C08AA)
B  ~ Black (RPO C08BB)
C  ~ Dark Blue (RPO C08CC)
F  ~ Dark Brown (RPO C08FF)
G  ~ Dark Green (RPO C08GG)

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 1971 Passenger Colours on 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.

1971 Canadian Color Chart
1971 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.

Note: It's known that Baltimore, Kansas City, and Van Nuys build sheets do not list the color name, only the paint code. Arlington build sheets do list the color name in the last column of the lower box #107 along with the paint code(s) in box #79.  Anyone with a 1971 Arlington build sheet of their car showing a color that's not listed above, please email me with the paint code(s) in box #79 and the color shown in box #107 to help fill in the blanks above.

* I'm looking for 3-digit paint code number typically found on the window sticker for 1971 Chevelles. Depending on the final assembly plant it may be coded something like 6 925 53-53 Placer Gold or maybe something like 925 53-53 Placer Gold; it's the "925" number I'm looking for like shown for Placer Gold above.