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Note: for a list of Exterior colors by year and other exterior color details, including special paint designation, RPO and window sticker codes, and related stripes and tops, see the Exterior Colors section of the Numbers/Decoding page.

  1. Camaro Color Usage
  2. Shared Corvette and Camaro Colors
  3. 1969 Camaro Hugger Orange
  4. 1967-1969 Camaro Stripes
  5. Z28 Trunk Lid Striping
  6. SS Hood Ornaments
  7. Black-out Paint Applications
  8. 1969 Grille Colors and Usage
  9. Similarities and Differences of 1967 and 1968 Front Bumpers
  10. CRG Research Report: Camaro Window Glass
  11. CRG Research Report: Camaro Keys and Locks
  12. CRG Research Report: 1968 Camaro Rally Sport Grilles
 

Camaro Color Usage

This is one of the most frequently asked questions, but there are no known official production numbers on colors from GM. CRG does know that color use was tracked at the division (Chevrolet) level, but the most popular color overall within Chevrolet (dominated by full-size car and truck sales) was not necessarily the most popular within a specific model line like Camaro.

However, the CRG database for 1967-69 Camaros is now large enough to generate some estimates on color usage by percentage of total production. ( Interior color usage estimates are also available.)

As a disclaimer, the current CRG database is not a uniform population - there are seasonal, model-type, and geographic biases in the data. That said, the CRG database is the best available source for estimating paint use, and the results are fundamentally sound.

The data has been corrected for the bias in the database towards 1967 and 1969 Pace cars. Special paint cars are included in the estimates. Data has been rounded to the nearest 0.5 percent.

1967-69 Camaro Color Use Estimates
(As of March 2008)

          1967                      1968                      1969
  ---------------------     ---------------------     -----------------------
                     Use                       Use                         Use
 Color         Code  (%)   Color          Code (%)   Color          Code   (%)
 ------------------- ----  ------------------- ----  -------------------   ---
 Tuxedo Black      A  3.0  Tuxedo Black      A  1.5  Tuxedo Black     10   2.0%
 Ermine White      C 10.0  Ermine White      C  9.0  Butternut Yellow 40   1.0
 Nantucket Blue    D  5.0  Grotto Blue       D  6.0  Dover White      50   7.5
 Deepwater Blue    E  3.5  Fathom Blue       E  1.0  Dusk Blue        51   4.0
 Marina Blue       F 10.5  Island Teal       F  2.5  Garnet Red       52   7.0
 Granada Gold      G 12.0  Ash Gold          G  9.5  Glacier Blue     53   4.0
 Mountain Green    H  3.5  Grecian Green     H  3.0  Azure Turquoise  55   2.0
 ---                       Rallye Green      J  4.5  Fathom Green     57  10.5
 Emerald Turquoise K  3.5  Tripoli Turquoise K  3.5  Frost Green      59   8.0
 Tahoe Turquoise   L  4.5  Teal Blue         L  2.0  Burnished Brown  61   2.5
 Royal Plum        M  3.0  ---                       Champagne        63   0.5
 Madeira Maroon    N  4.5  Cordovan Maroon   N  3.0  Olympic Gold     65   5.0
 ---                       Corvette Bronze   O  7.0  Burgundy         67   2.0
 ---                       Seafrost Green    P  3.0  Cortez Silver    69   7.0
 Bolero Red        R 16.5  Matador Red       R 12.0  LeMans Blue      71  11.5
 Sierra Fawn       S  2.0  ---                       Hugger Orange    72  12.0
 Capri Cream       T  4.0  Palomino Ivory    T  1.0  Daytona Yellow   76   7.0
 ---                       LeMans Blue       U 11.0  Rallye Green     79   5.0
 ---                       Sequoia Green     V  2.5
 Butternut Yellow  Y 14.0  Butternut Yellow  Y  8.0
                           British Green     Z  7.0 
                                                     Two-Tone Paint        2.4  
 Special Paint     O  0.5  Special Paint     -  2.5  Special Paint     -   1.5

 

Shared Corvette and Camaro Colors

Corvette enthusiasts often like to emphasize that their colors are unique. While many Corvette colors often are unique, in the first-generation Camaro years there was some sharing with Camaro.

In 1967, these were Tuxedo Black, Ermine White, and Marina Blue.

In 1968, two colors, Tuxedo Black and Cordovan Maroon, started the year common to both Camaro and Corvette. In January 1968, three additional Corvette colors were added to Camaro, with specific marketing attention given to the fact that they were Corvette colors applied to Camaro. These three were Corvette Bronze, LeMans Blue, and British Green. (In addition to these three, Rallye Green was another mid-season Camaro color addition. Together they replaced Fathom Blue, Grecian Green, Palomino Ivory, and Tuxedo Black for the remainder of 1968.) As a result, Corvette shared a total of five colors with Camaro in 1968.

In 1969, there were seven colors shared: Tuxedo Black, Fathom Green, Burgundy, Cortez Silver, LeMans Blue, Hugger Orange (known on the Corvette as Monaco Orange), and Daytona Yellow.

 

1969 Camaro Hugger Orange

"The Hugger" was the marketing nickname for the Camaro, appearing in magazine ads and commercials. It was in reference to the cars handling characteristics (it hugs corners... so it's the hugger!), which are needy by today's standards, but for the period it was one of the best handling American cars you could buy. GM advertising used the hugger promotion to offer special colors: hugger orange paint and an orange houndstooth interior. Of course, the '69 Indy Pace Car had hugger orange stripes.

For Pontiac, the color went by different name, Carousel Red. For Corvette, it was called Monaco Orange.  

1967-1969 Camaro Stripes

SS stripes

In the 1967 and early in the 1968 model years, Super Sport (SS) cars received the D91 "bumblebee" stripe on the front of the car. This extended across the header panel and onto the front part of the fender. There was a gap in the stripe on the side of the fender for SS emblems in 67, while the gap in 68 was for the 350 or 396 emblems.

Starting in January of 1968, the 1968 SS cars received the D90 sport stripe package. This stripe went across the header panel, similar to the D91 stripe, but it also extended back across the fender and onto the door.

D91 Stripe - 67 SS and early 68 SS   D90 Stripe - late 68 SS
D91 Stripe with Gap   D90 Stripe for late 1968

For the 1969 SS models, the D90 stripe was modified from the 1968 version to what is known as the "hockey stick" stripe. For 1969, the D90 stripe was not on the header panel - it was only located on the fender and door. With both the 68 and 69 D90 stripes, the front part of the stripe is painted on, while the part from the back edge of the fender and across the door (or just the door in 69) is a decal.

D90 Stripe for 1969
D90 Stripe for 1969

Z28 Stripes

The stripes used with RPO Z28 consisted of two wide stripes that extended from the front header panel across the hood and onto the low spots on the cowl vent panel. These stripes were also located from part of the rear window panel across the deck lid and rear spoiler (if the car had a spoiler). These stripes were the same in 1967, 1968, and 1969. This stripe design was also used with the Z10 and Z11 pace cars.

Z28 Stripes
Z28 Stripes

Optional Stripes

1967

Starting in April 67 and continuing through the end of the model year, the D91 stripe was available for non-SS, non-Z28 cars. Cars with the Rally Sport (RS) option had a gap in the D91 stripe (like the SS cars) for the RS emblems. On non-SS and non-RS cars, there was no gap in the stripe. Pinstriping was not available as an RPO, but was included with Style Trim or Rally Sport.

1968

The D90 stripe, used on the later 68 SS cars, became available in January of 1968 as an option on all 1968 non-Z28 models.

The D91 stripe was available for non-SS, non-Z28 cars. The stripe for cars with 250 L6 and 327 engines received a gap for the engine emblems, similar to 1967 and early 1968 SS cars. Cars with the 230 six-cylinder engine did not have a gap in the stripe.

The D96 side striping was added for the 1968 model year. This consisted of a stripe that ran along the belt line of the car from the fender across the door and onto the quarter panel. The D91 and D96 stripe packages could be ordered together and early 68 SS cars with the D91 stripe could also have the D96 stripe.

D91 Stripe with and without gap   D96 and D91 Combination
D91 Stripes with and without gap   D96 and D91 Combination with Gap and without Gap

D96 Stripe for 1968
D96 Stripe for 1968

1969

The D90 stripe, used on the SS, was optional on all 1969 non-Z28 models.

DX1 was a new stripe option which was only available on non-SS, non-Z28 Camaros. The DX1 striping package had a stripe on the header panel and fenders (similar to the D91 stripe) that extended down the center of the hood.

DX1 Stripes
DX1 Stripes

The D96 stripe was modified for 1969. It consisted of two pinstripes - each stripe started along the front edge of the wheel opening and extended rearward over the wheel opening, following the body line. The D96 stripe was included with style trim or rally sport and was also available as a stand-alone option. Though GM documentation states that the D96 stripes were "Not available when Camaro SS, Special Performance Package, or Sport Striping is ordered", the D96 stripes have been observed on some original Z28's and SS cars.

D96 Stripes
D96 Stripes

 

Z28 Trunk Lid Striping

If the spoiler was installed at the factory:
  1. The paint stripes go over the spoiler, and end at the bottom of the spoiler (and therefore not on the back lip of the trunk lid)
  2. The Camaro trunk lid emblem was moved forward, up the trunk lid, from station 125.00 to station 121.73, a distance of 3.27 inches, and the Z stripe was masked (1967-68 only) around the emblem.
If the spoiler was installed by the dealer:
  1. The stripes were painted on the trunk lid at the factory and thus, without a spoiler, run all the way through to the lip of the lid. The dealer installed spoiler was attached over the factory stripes and then the dealer painted the spoiler to match.
  2. The dealer often did not relocate the Camaro emblem.
 

SS Hood Ornaments

At model introduction in September, 1966, the SS Camaro used a special SS hood that included chromed trim that mimicked the appearance of finned oil coolers. At this time, the only SS was the SS-350 model, and the badges on the car read "SS-350". When the SS-396 was introduced in January 1967, the badges were changed for all SS models to read "SS". The SS-396 could be distinguished from the SS-350 by the engine emblems. In addition, there is a blacked-out tailpan on SS-396 cars (except black-painted cars and special models like the 1969 Pace cars). Both 350 and 396 models in 1967 used the finned hood emblem for the entire model year.

For the 1968 model year, the chromed hood trim for SS396 changed from the simulated finned cooler to a set of simulated carburetor velocity stacks. The early 1968 model year SS350 continued to receive the 1967-style finned hood trim. At the end of October / beginning of November 1967, the SS350 trim transitioned to the velocity stack trim (same as the SS396). The simulated velocity stack continued for the 1969 model year with all SS cars using this same hood trim. Related to this, the part number for the 1968-69 hood is different than 1967, with the only noticeable difference being the drains used with the velocity stack trim.

 

Black-out Paint Applications

Certain first-generation Camaro models had semi-gloss black-out paint applied to the body to influence the appearance. There were two types: a "ground-effect" black-out applied to the rocker-panel/body-sill area for certain exterior trim options and a blacked-out tailpan applied to SS-396 cars.

Body sill black-out paint was applied to Z22 (RS) cars in 1967 and 1968 and to Z21 (style trim) and Z22 (RS) in 1969. But there were several body colors that were simply just too dark for this paint scheme to be effective and for these colors, the body sill black-out paint was omitted. Additionally, the body sill black-out was omitted for the 1969 Z11 Indy Pace Car convertible trim package and the 1969 Z10 coupe trim package. A Chevrolet Product Bulletin dated 2-4-69 describes the Z11 (Pace Car trim package) package and includes this instruction: "Body sill to be painted white instead of black." Although no instructions have been found for the Z10 coupe, the intent would have been the same.

There was also a paint color exception for the SS-396 tailpan black-out, but it was limited to black vehicles and the Z11 and Z10. Black SS-396 cars would not have received the (semi-gloss) blacked-out tailpans. But it should be noted that a few original paint black SS-396's have been observed with blacked-out tailpanels - the paint difference is only visible at the paint tape line.

The 1967 and 1969 body sill paint codes that did not receive black-out paint (supported by GM documentation - except see note on 1969 #10 Tuxedo Black) are:

1967 and 1969 Body Sill Color Exceptions
    1967                        1969
    ----                        ----
    AA Tuxedo Black             10 Tuxedo Black*
    EE Deepwater (Dark) Blue    51 Dusk (Dark) Blue
    LL Tahoe Turquoise          57 Fathom (Dark) Green 
    MM Royal Plum               61 Burnished Brown
    NN Madeira Maroon           67 Burgundy
        
    --------
   * We have not found GM documentation for the 
     1969 Tuxedo Black body sill exception. However 
     we believe it followed the pattern of previous 
     years and original 1969 cars bear this out.

GM documentation specifically listing the excepted body sill colors for 1968 has not yet been found, however, the CRG believes the excepted colors were the following:

1968 Body Sill Color Exceptions
  AA Tuxedo Black       (discontinued Jan 68)
  EE Fathom (Dark) Blue (discontinued Jan 68)
  NN Cordovan Maroon
  VV Sequoia Green
  ZZ British Green      (new as of Jan 68)

 

1969 Grille Colors and Usage

The following two tables illustrate the rather complicated use of grille styles and colors for 1969. As noted below, Tuxedo Black cars are the exceptions for grille color; all black cars received silver grilles.

1969 Camaro Grille Color
                   Grille Color
   Model         non-RS |   RS
   ------------  ----------------
   SS            black* | black*
   Z28           silver | black*
   All else**    silver | black*
   --------------------------------
  * except Tuxedo Black exterior, which 
    always received a silver grille.
  ** includes COPO's
   
1969 Grille Part Numbers *
                 Color
   Model     black   silver
   ------  -------- --------
   Non-RS   3957062  3957044
   RS       3938641  3949759

   -------------------------
   *1969 P&A30 Chassis Manual   
 

Similarities and Differences of 1967 and 1968 Front Bumpers

The front bumpers on the 1967 and 1968 Camaro are almost identical, but they are not fully interchangeable. While the bumper stamping itself is the same, there are different mounting holes in the stamping for each year.

Figure 1: Center Bumper Mounting
1967 Camaro Front Bumper - Center 1968 Camaro Front Bumper - Center
Figure 1a: 1967 Figure 1b: 1968
     
Figure 2: End Bumper Mounting
1967 Camaro Front Bumper - End 1968 Camaro Front Bumper - End
Figure 2a: 1967 Figure 2b: 1968

Figures 1a and 1b show the center of the front bumper. The 1967 bumper, part number 3886690, has one hole for mounting the front license plate holder to the bumper. The 1968 bumper, part number 3929954, has 2 additional holes for mounting a bracket (#21) and rubber bumper (#22).

Figures 2a and 2b show the end of the front bumper for each year. The bumper mounting brackets are different for the two years. The 1967 bracket extends down to the lower part of the bumper, attaching with a bolt (#12) to a mounting hole in that location. The 1968 bracket is attached to the bumper only with the top-side bolt (#20) at the end and the bottom hole in the bumper was removed. The #20 bolt system was redesigned from 1967 and changed to use rubber cushions.

While they are similar, due to mounting hole differences, a 1967 Camaro front bumper can be mounted on a 1968 model only if the '68 center mounting pad is not installed. Likewise, a 1968 Camaro front bumper can be mounted on a 1967 model only if the '67 lower end brackets are left unattached.

 



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