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 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 Chevelles (or any other color) were built is not known and cannot even be calculated.

1966 COLORS

PAINT CODE / SALES NAME
Color

LUCITE RINSHED-MASON DITZLER
  A ~ Tuxedo Black - El Camino
Black
88-L A-946 DDL-9300
  C ~ Ermine White - El Camino
White
4024-L A-1199 DDL-8259
  D ~ Mist Blue - El Camino
Medium Blue
4630-L A-1720 DDL-13042
  E ~ Danube Blue - El Camino
Dark Blue
4631-L A-1721 DDL-13002
  F ~ Marina Blue - El Camino
Bright Blue
4704-L A-1823 DDL-13148
  H ~ Willow Green - El Camino
Medium Green
4633-L A-1716 DDL-43391
  K ~ Artesian Turquoise - El Camino
Medium Turquoise
4628-L A-1718 DDL-43364
  L ~ Tropic Turquoise - El Camino
Dark Turquoise
4703-L A-1816 DDL-43496
  M ~ Aztec Bronze - El Camino
Bronze
4707-L A-1817R DDL-71525
  N ~ Madeira Maroon - El Camino
Maroon
4624-LH A-1711M DDL-50700
  R ~ Regal Red - El Camino
Red
4625-LH A-1712M DDL-71472
  T ~ Sandalwood Tan - El Camino
Fawn
4706-L A-1821 DDL-22660
  V ~ Cameo Beige - El Camino
Beige
4401-L A-1530 DDL-22270
  W ~ Chateau Slate - El Camino
Slate
4708-L A-1819 DDL-32525
  Y ~ Lemonwood Yellow - El Camino
Yellow
4709-L F-1824 DDL-81528

Notes:

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 of 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.

TWO-TONE
Lower Upper  
 

CK ~ Ermine White / Artesian Turquoise
 

DC ~ Mist Blue / Ermine White
 

DE ~ Mist Blue / Danube Blue
 

HC ~ Willow Green / Ermine White
 

LC ~ Tropic Turquoise / Ermine White
 

NA ~ Madeira Maroon / Tuxedo Black



TV ~ Sandalwood Tan / Cameo Beige
 

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




MV ~ Aztec Bronze / Cameo Beige

COLOR

CONVERTIBLE TOP CODE ~ COLOR


1 ~ White (Std. C05AA)


2 ~ Black (RPO C05BB)


6 ~ Beige (RPO C05AB)

COLOR

VINYL TOP CODE ~ COLOR


2 ~ Black (RPO C08AA)


6 ~ Beige (RPO C08AB)

File Photo

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.

File Photo

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

File Photo

File Photo


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.

File Photo
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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