1970 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.

1970 COLORS
(9xx RPO)

PAINT CODE (RPO) / SALES NAME *
Color
LUCITE RINSHED-MASON DITZLER
(930) 10 ~ Classic White - El Camino - Monte Carlo
White
5040L A-1802 8631
(931) 14 ~ Cortez Silver - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Silver
5032L A-2108 2059
(932) 17 ~ Shadow Gray - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Gray
5113L A-1910 32604
(933) 19 ~ Tuxedo Black - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Black
88L A-946 9300
(935) 25 ~ Astro Blue - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Medium Blue
5123L A-2261 2165
(937) 28 ~ Fathom Blue - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Dark Blue
5124L A-2264 2166
(938) 34 ~ Misty Turquoise - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Turquoise
5119L A-2265 2168
(941) 45 ~ Green Mist - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Medium Green
5122L A-2268 2171
(942) 48 ~ Forest Green - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Dark Green
5116L A-2269 2173
(943) 50 ~ Gobi Beige - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Yellow
5121L A-2270D 2175
(946) 55 ~ Champagne Gold - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Medium Gold
5120L A-2271D 2178
(947) 58 ~ Autumn Gold - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Dark Gold
5117L A-2272 2179
(949) 63 ~ Desert Sand - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Saddle
5125L A-2275 2183
(952) 75 ~ Cranberry Red - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Red
5118LH A-2278F 2189
(953) 78 ~ Black Cherry - El Camino - Monte Carlo
Maroon
5063LH A-2107M 50700

Notes:
1. While not exclusive to 1970, special order colors seem to be more common with this year. Some DuPont paint code formulas found on build sheets and/or trim tags are: 926-76248, 926-99568, 926-98371, 926-99616, 926-97249, 927-98457, and 927-99918.

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

2. 1970 appears to have done away with letters designating paint codes, even on the invoices.  All numbers in parenthesis were followed simply by 'AA'.

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

The charcoal gray on SS wheels can be duplicated with the following formula.
DCC DK Argent Metallic Flat NX
Match to DDL32961

DMC 900 38.0 38.0
DMC 908 10.0 48.0
DMC 983 110.0 158.0
DMC 902 153.0 311.0
DX 685 850.0 1161.0
DMC 981 790.0 1951.0

The formula states to mix 4 parts paint one part either DU 5 or maybe DV 5.

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Special Paint (RPO ZP3) was coded differently from different plants. As seen here, the Van Nuys example puts the DuPont mixing formula on the trim tag itself where Atlanta, Baltimore and Kansas City tended to simply put two dashes ( - - ) in the paint code position on the trim tag. If the car included a vinyl or convertible top then one dash or the DuPont mixing code would appear followed by the normal letter designation for the top such as "- A ." If you have a special paint ordered Chevelle, please let me know where the car was built and what the trim tag indicates and please include a photo of the trim tag if possible.

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. For example, the Oldsmobile has a comparable Daytona Yellow (paint code 51 and Oldmobile sales name of Sebring Yellow) and at least one Arlington Chevelle has this paint code on the trim tag.

Two-Tone
(9xx RPO)
Lower Upper  
(961)  
 
25/10 ~ Astro Blue / Classic White
 
 
25/28 ~ Astro Blue / Fathom Blue
(963)
 

28/25 ~ Fathom Blue / Astro Blue
 
 
34/10 ~ Misty Turquoise / Classic White
 

55/10 ~ Champagne Gold / Classic White
 
 
58/10 ~ Autumn Gold / Classic White
 
 
63/10 ~ Desert Sand / Classic White

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.

COLOR

CONVERTIBLE TOP CODE ~ COLOR


A ~ White (Std. C05AA)


B ~ Black (RPO C05BB)

COLOR

VINYL TOP COLOR ~ RPO CODE - (ECL Code)


A ~ White (Std. RPO C08AA) - (AB)


B ~ Black (RPO C08BB) - (AA)


C ~ Dark Blue (RPO C08CC) - (AC)


G ~ Dark Green (RPO C08GG) - (AD)


H ~ Dark Gold (RPO C08HH) - (AE)

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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 1970 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.

1970 Canadian Color Chart

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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.

* I'm looking for 3-digit paint code number typically found on the window sticker for 1970 Chevelles. Depending on the final assembly plant it may be coded something like 6 931 14-14 Cortez Silver or maybe something like 931 Cortez Silver; it's the "931" number I'm looking for like shown for Cortez Silver above. If you have information on these paint color codes, see this page for more details.