DerWhite's 356 Porsche Color Charts!


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The purpose of this website is to set down in one place as much information as can be found concerning paint colors for 356 Porsches for the years 1950-1965. Paint matching today is one of the most vexing problems associated with restoring a 356 Porsche. Below you will find images of the factory color charts, a listing of paint colors with color numbers and door plate numbers, and much more. The following 356 Porsche factory color charts in order of presentation are for the: 356-A, 356-B T-5, 356-B T-6, and 356-C. unfortunately, color charts do not reproduce very well in a scanner, so........don't depend on these images for accurate colors. Another factor, these color charts are as much as 43 years old! There is some useful information on these color charts, including 356 Porsche color numbers, and information about paint and interior combinations.

Contents:

1. Actual Factory color charts for 356-A, 356-B T-5, 356-B T-6, & 356-C.
2. "Special" Paint Colors.
3. Listing of factory colors including paint numbers and door plate numbers from 1950-1965.
4. Exterior Paint Colors/Interior Color Combinations.
5. Some "Paint Popularity" statistics:  what paint colors were utilized the most?
6. A discussion of "Paint Formulas" in today's restoration scene.
7. 356C "Carpet Samples".
8. And............"Eyes on a Cab".


Porsche Factory Color Charts!

356 Pre-A Colors & Accessory Combinations- 1954:
(Source:  Porsche Factory Color Chart 1954, Model 356 - actual color samples not available with this chart.)

1954 356 Pre-A Convertibles.

 Color  

#

Leather

 Tonneau  

  Cover  

Black

5401 A Red 378

Red Art.
Leather

Beige
5108

Black

5401 B Green 2155

Green Art.
Leather

Beige
5108

Black

5401 C Beige 2164

Beige Art.
Leather

Beige
5108

 Turkish Red  

5402

Beige Rose
2180

Beige Art.
Leather

Beige Rose
110

Graphite
Metalic

5403

Beige 2164

Beige Art
Leather

Beige
5108

Jade Green
Metalic

5405

Beige 2164

Geige Art
Leather

Gray-Green
C 6325

Pearl Gray

5407

Blue 2152

Gray Art
Leather

Gray-Blue
521

Azure Blue

5408

Gray 2161

Gray Art.
Leather

Gray
5106

Terra Cotta

5409

Yellow
Earth 145

Yellow Art.
Leather

Beige
100


1954 356 Pre-A Coupes.

Color

#

Furnishings

Black

  5401 A  
  5401 B

 Cord w/Beige leatherette  
 Red leatherette

Turkish Red

  5402 A
  5402 B

 Cord w/Beige leatherette  
 Yellow leatherette

Graphic Metallic

  5403 A
  5403 B

 Cord w/Beige leatherette  
 Yellow leatherette

Ivory

  5404 A
  5404 B

 Cord w/Green or Red leatherette  
 Red or Green leatherette

 Jade Green Metalic  

  5405 A
  5405 B

 Cord w/Yellow leatherette
 Yellow leatherette

Silver Metalic

  5406 A
  5406 B

 Cord w/Red leatherette
 Red or Green leatherette

Pearl Gray

  5407 A
  5407 B

 Cord w/Blue leatherette
 Red leatherette

Azure Blue

  5408 A
  5408 B

 Cord w/Gray leatherette
 Yellow leatherette

Adria Metalic

  5410 A
  5410 B

 Cord w/gray leatherette
 Red or Blue leatherette


356-A Color Charts:


1956:

Below is a factory color chart  dated 1956 for the 356-A. It is a simple one-sided card with the colors shown in the shape of the car. No other information is available on this card. The colors available are:

 

Paint #  

#5601

#5602

#5603

#5604

#5605

#5606

#5607

Paint
Color

Black
Polyantha
Red  
Graphite  
Metalic
Sahara  
Beige
Lago Green  
Metalic
Silver
Metalic  
Aquamarin
Blue Metalic  

The first two numbers of the four number color code are the model year the color was available.




1957:

A listing of paint colors by Porsche in early 1957 listed the above seven standard colors, and four new colors referred to as SONDERFARBEN, "Special-Paints". The above 1956 paint numbers were re-numbered 5701, 5702, 5703, etc. The following special paints were available for all models at a slightly higher price.

#5710 Stone Grey            #5711 Orange            #5712 Auratium Green            #5713 Glacier White

A later 1957 factory color chart, shown below, had a few changes compared to the 1956 color chart. Polyantha Red #5602 became Ruby red #5702, Graphite Metalic #5603 became Meissen Blue #5703, Sahara Beige #5604 became Ivory #5704,  Lago Green Metalic #5605 became Fjord Green #5705, and Aquamarin Blue Metalic #5607 became Acquamarin Blue #5707. It's uncertain whether the later Acquamarin Blue was metalic or not.


A side note to the color listing mentioned above, it indicates that the convertible tops for cars painted Black and Auratium Green were beige. All the rest of the colors came with black convertible tops!


1958:

Below are color lists for Model Year 1958 from two separate sources. The first is from Hoffman-Porsche Car Corportion, the U.S. Distributor for Porsche Cars, dated September 1, 1957. The second is from Auto Europe, Inc. of Beverly Hills, California, New York, Chicago and Paris, and was apparently an importer and dealer of 356 Porsches. In their price and color lists for 1958, they described the "standard color combinations" for the various 356 models for 1958.

Hoffman-Porsche Car Corportion, U.S. Distributor for Porsche Cars, September 1, 1957.

Auto Europe, Inc., New York, Chicago & Paris, European Distributor, January 21, 1958. 

 

 


356-B T-5 Color Chart:

1960 and the new 356-B brought several new paint colors, including signal red #6011, Aetna Blue #6003, Slate Gray #6001, Heron Gray #6007, Condor Yellow #6010, and Royal Blue #6012.




See exterior paint, interior color combinations below!


356-B T-5 Exterior Paint Color - Interior Color Combinations for Coupe, Cabriolet & Roadster.

 6001
Slate Grey

6002
Ruby
Red

6003
Aetna Blue

6004
Ivory

6005
Fjord Green

6006
Silver Met.

6007
Heron Grey

6010
Condor Yellow

6011
Signal Red

6012
Royal Blue

6013
Black

Red

Light Brown

Red

Red

Light Brown

Red

Red

Black

Black

Black

Red

Light Grey

Light Grey

Light
Grey

Black

Light Grey

Blue

Blue

Dark
Grey

Light Grey

Light Grey

Light Brown




356 B T-6 Color Chart:

The 356 B T-6 changes brought four new colors including:  Oslo Blue #6203, Champagne Yellow #6205, Bali Blue #6212, and Smyrna Green #6210.



356-B T-6 Exterior Paint Color - Interior Color Combinations for Coupe, Cabriolet & Roadster.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

  6201  
  Slate
  Grey
  6202  
  Ruby
  Red
  6203  
  Oslo
  Blue
  6204 
  Ivory
      6205
Champagne
     Yellow
   6206  
  Silver
 Metalic
  6207  
 Heron
  Grey
  6210
Smyrna
 Green
  6211  
 Signal
   Red
  6212  
   Bali
   Blue
  6213  
  Black
   Red   Black   Red  Brown      Green    Red  Green  Brown  Black L. Brown   Red
 Green   Grey  Grey   Red      Black    Blue  Brown   Grey  Grey    Grey Green

In the small print it says:  "Cabriolet (also with removable top) Interior:  Seats in leather only"!



356-C Color Chart:

New 356-C colors include Sky Blue #6403, Irish Green #6406, Dolphin Grey #6410, and Togo Brown #6411, which are also designated as Special Colors.





Reproductions of the 356-C Color Chart and some of the earlier
color charts are beginning to show up on Ebay and elsewhere!

356-C Exterior Paint Colors - Interior Colors - Carpet Colors - Top Colors - for Coupe & Cabriolet.

Exterior
Color 

#6401
Slate
Grey 

#6402
Ruby
Red

#6403
Sky
Blue

#6404
Light
Ivory

#6405
Champagne
Yellow

#6406
Irish
Green

#6407
Signal
Red

#6410
Dolphin
Grey

#6411
Togo
Brown

#6412
Bali
Blue

#6413
Black

Interior
Color

Red or
Fawn

Black or
Grey

Red or
Fawn  

Red or
Black

Green or
Black

Fawn or
Grey

Black or
Grey

Blue or
Green

Fawn or
Green

Fawn or
Grey

Red or
Green

Upper
Dash

Red or
Fawn

Black or
Grey

Red or
Fawn

Red or
Black

Green or
Black

Fawn or
Grey

Black or
Grey

Blue or
Green

Fawn or
Green

Fawn or
Grey

Red or
Green

Carpet

Red or
Beige

Black or
Grey

Red or
Beige

Red or
Black

Green or
Black

Beige or
Grey

Black or
Grey

Blue or
Green

Beige or
Green

Beige or
Grey

Red or
Green

Top

Black or
Grey/Beige

Black or
Grey/Beige

Black or
Grey/Beige

Black or
Grey/Beige

Black or
Grey/Beige

Black or
Grey/Beige

Black or
Grey/Beige

Black or
Grey/Beige

Black or
Grey/Beige

Black or
Grey/Beige

Black or
Grey/Beige

 Source:  356-C Factory Interior/Exterior Color & Fabric Sample Book (W11, 1964)

Comment:  The above are the standard factory color combinations as shown in the color charts and the interior fabric and carpet sample books. It is well known that factory customers could order special interior/exterior color combinations. So what is "correct" is either the above listed combinations, or whatever it says on a particular car's factory kardex.


356-C Carpet Samples:


Unfortunately, I cannot make a better scan of these carpet samples as they are still inside the sample book. The two samples on the left are Cabriolet top samples, black and grey/beige. The carpet samples, from left to right, are:  Blue, Black, Red, Grey, Green, & Beige. The colors as shown, are pretty accurate for a scan. I scanned the page for maximum resolution, but the carpet samples are thick and made the writing under each sample less clear, but the colors are pretty accurate, looking at the scan and then at the originals.



Porsche 356 Paint Colors:  1950-1965!

Color   

1950-1953

1954-1955

1956

1957

1958-1959

1960-1961

1962-1963

1963-1965

Ivory (light)

R504

5404 R504

-

5704

5704  R704

6004  R738

6204  R738

6404

Black

R501

5401 R501

5601 5701

5701  R701

6013  R701

6213  R701

6413

Marroon

R503*

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Adriatic Blue

R509

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Fish-Silver Grey

R505

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Moss Green

R506*

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Radium Green

R510

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Azure Blue

R522

5408 R522

-

-

-

-

-

-

Pascha Red

R523

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Strawberry Red

R524

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Palm Green

R526

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Sand Grey

R527*

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Medium Gray

R531

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Dark Grey

R532*

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Terracotta

R533*

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Light Grey

R534*

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Silver Met Eff

R535*

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Jadegreen Met Eff

R536*

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Graphit Grey

R537*

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Turkish Red

R538*

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Dark Beige

R542*

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Silver Metalic

-

5406 R535

5606 5706

5706  R608

6006  R608

6206  R608

-

Signal Red

-

R601

-

-

-

6011  R601

6211  R601

6407

Graphite Metalic

-

5403 R537

5603

-

-

-

-

-

Turkish Red

-

5402 R538

-

-

-

-

-

-

Jade Green Met.

-

5405 R536

-

-

-

-

-

-

Terre Cotta

-

5409 R533

-

-

-

-

-

-

Adriatic Blue Met.

-

5410 R509

-

-

-

-

-

-

Speedster Blue

-

          R602

-

-

-

-

-

-

White

-

          R603

-

-

-

-

-

-

Pearl Grey

-

5407 R534

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Polyantha Red

-

-

5602

-

-

-

-

-

Sahara Beige

-

-

5604

-

-

-

-

-

Lago Green Met.

-

-

5605

-

-

-

-

-

Acquamarin Blue Metalic

-

-

5607

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Meisson Blue

-

-

-

5703

5703  R703

-

-

-

Stone Grey

-

-

-

5710

5710  R710

-

-

-

Orange

-

-

-

5711

5711  R711

-

-

-

Fjord Green

-

-

-

5705

5705  R705

6005  R705

-

-

Glacier White

-

-

-

5713

5713  R713

-

-

-

Aquamarine Blue**

-

-

-

5707

5707  R707

-

-

-

Auratium Green

-

-

-

5712

5712  R712

-

-

-

Ruby Red

-

-

-

5702

5702  R702

6002  R702

6202  R702

6402

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Aetna Blue

-

-

-

-

-

6003  R740

-

-

Slate Gray

-

-

-

-

-

6001  R741

6201  R741

6401

Heron Gray

-

-

-

-

-

6007  R739

6207  R739

-

Condor Yellow

-

-

-

-

-

6010  R743

-

-

Royal Blue

-

-

-

-

-

6012  R742

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Oslo Blue

-

-

-

-

-

-

6203  R745

-

Champagne Yellow

-

-

-

-

-

-

6205  R747

-

Bali Blue

-

-

-

-

-

-

6212  R746

-

Smyrna Green

-

-

-

-

-

-

6210  R744

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Sky Blue

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

6403

Dolphin Grey

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

6410

Togo Brown

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

6411

Irish Green

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

6406

Note*  Additional colors added 12/28/04, Porsche Price-List-Export P1, January 1, 1957.
Note
**  Listing by Brumos Porsche, 1963, shows this color as Aquamarine Green.






Color Code 9402....???

 Recently on the 356 Registery Email List, a member asked for information concerning the color code
 stamped on the number plate in his door well. His number was
9402.
Thorough reserach determined
 that there was
no such color number for a 356 Porsche.
Some speculated that it was a special order
 color, a   practice that was  common and may still be  common  today. They were almost correct. The
 #9402 also showed up on another member's Kardex, the factory document detailing the build details
 of each car.
Turns out that the number #9402 is the ACCESSORY NUMBER.
In the factory accessory
 catalogs, there is a listing for special order paint.
The accessory number is #9402!

356 doorwell # plate.



Alphabetical Interior Color Codes used on Color Charts & some Kardexs!

Recently questions were raised about the alphabetic interior color codes found on some Kardexes. These Porsche factory codes also show up on factory color charts. So in addition to factory exterior paint color codes, there are factory alphabetic interior color codes to identify the available colors of interior upholstery, i.e. seats, door panels, dash tops, etc.

 

  Code  

Color

 356-B T-5  

 356-B T-6       356-C    

A

Red

X

X

X

B

Black

X

X

X

C

 Light Brown  

X

X

No

D

Light Grey

X

X

X

E

Dark Grey

X

No

No

F

BLue

X

X

X

G

Green

No

X

X

H

Brown

No

X

No

K

Fawn

No

No

X

The above table shows the REGULARLY OFFERED factory interior color codes for 356 B's and 356-C's 1960 to 1965. This is NOT to say that there weren't other interior colors available as SPECIAL ORDERS, throughout the B/C production period. Most know that if you had the GELD, you could probably get any color you wanted!


Some Paint Popularity Statistics!

Below are some statistics on exterior paint colors as published at various times in the factory magazine, Christophorus. It is interesting to note that Silver declined in popularity during the period, while Ivory increased slightly, and Green increased substantially. Another article in Christophorus indicated that according to tests conducted by Porsche, Red and Yellow were the safest colors.

Paint Color 

         1960         

         1963          

         1966          

Silver

        21.3%

           9.3%           3.1%
Ivory         19.5%         21.6%         23.9%
Ruby Red           13.6%         15.7%

-

Heron Gray           10.0%         13.1%

-

Etna Blue           8.6%

-

-

Slate Gray           6.3%         11.2%          6.9%
Signal Red           5.0%            6.3%

-

Black           4.0%            2.8%          3.0%
Royal Blue           3.8%

-

-

Condor Yellow             3.0%

-

-

Fjord Green           2.7%

-

-

Meisson Blue
Aurantium Green  
Special Colors
          1.3%           1.8%

-

Champagne Yellow  

-

          4.1%

-

Bali Blue

-

          2.9%

-

Polo Red

-

-

        18.7%
Irish Green

-

-

        14.2%
Aga (dark) Blue

-

-

          8.7%
Gulf (light) Blue

-

-

          4.6%
Sand Beige

-

-

          9.5%
Bahama Yellow

-

-

          6.5%
Other

-

-

            .9%



Paint Formulas for 356 Porsches!

OK, here's one of the toughest subjects associated with 356 Porsche restoration......mixing paint to match the factory's original colors. It goes without saying that there have been substantial changes to paint bases and the tints that are used to color them. And therein lies the problem. Paint bases and tints used today cannot produce the original colors using the old formulas. So...........the old paint formulas aren't much good today because when used with current paint bases and tints, they will produce the wrong colors! Here are some examples of original Porsche color formulas:

          Color           

       Dulux Enamel        

    Duco Laquer       

Rinshed & Mason
          Enamel 
           

Ruby Red (R702)
6002 & 6202

(93)-83387 - H (Bleeder)
T5 -6002 & T6 -6202
VD-5450 Additive-35
No. 23 Tinting White-58
No. 19 H tolvidine Red-193
No. 20 H Dark Red-1024

(246)-83387 - H
T5-6002 & T6-6202
No. 94 H Red - G-646
No. 85 H Maroon-B-820  
No. 54 White-A-856
No. 72 Black-B-892

100 TE - 01 S.S. Mix 100
630 TE - 53 Tril. Red 730
120 TE - 66 Perm Maroon 930  
  40 TE - 41 Black 970
  30 TE - 91 White 1000


Now, these are actual color formulas for the factory color Ruby Red (6002 & 6202). If you can make any sense out of them, have at it!  They are all Greek to me!

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