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Well, i mean just a repaint as respray in the same color. If it were just a repaint then generally the door frame and post doesn't need to be re-done since they are out of the UVs and hardly prone to damage.
I have seen it myself in a '79 Ford silver and heard that silvers back in the day were not as popular because they just didn't hold out very long so if you needed a repaint after 3-4 years you were less likely to choose silver again. The UV protections in the clear coat has done wonders for the color palatte and longevity.


Silver/Gray vehicles. An automotive colors study description reads: "Unobtrusive and seeks to blend in". The least amount of awareness factor for other drivers to register visually and be cognizant of...
I read something similar way back but they said that a green car was the hardest for other drivers to pick out as it approached them, something about the eyes mixing it with trees and grass backgrounds and the brain not catching that its in motion:shrug:
A lot of the history comes from Silver being the FIA assigned color for German racer cars, mainly Mercedes back then. Also said to be that Mercedes wanted to save weight from paint and wanted to race a raw finish. There used to be a common saying "Silver cars go faster," maybe common to Germans anyway.
The special P-car silver is called GT Silver. Seeing it next to the other silvers makes one understand why, it is brilliant and shames the others.:yoho:
 

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A lot of data flying around to say that X color is hardest to see, or Z color is easiest.. but it really comes down to "perspective.."
A white car is not that visible with a snowy background, the same as a green car may blend into trees, but stand out against the snow..

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Somewhat switching topics, but after searching what smoke silver gray fastback look like I think I’m going back to the original color and keeping the black interior. With a nice paint job and the right wheel/tire combo I think this color looks phenomenal!

Now to decide on whether I want to keep the chrome rock trim or delete them and add GT stripes...

(Pics found on google...credit to their owners)
 

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Errors on the data tags have been known to occur. I did a complete resto on a '67 coupe about 8 years ago that appeared to have most of a deluxe interior from the factory. The current owner bought the car off of a Ford lot in 1969 with 100% original sheet metal and paint and never changed anything on the interior. The Marti Report confirmed factory deluxe interior.

The door tag however was mis-stamped to show a standard interior but was otherwise correct. Apparently the assembly line worker on the passenger side saw the "deluxe code" on the build sheet and installed a Passenger side door pre-cut for deluxe trim while the assembly line worker on the driver's side did not. There is no question that the driver's door is the original factory installed door. My guess is the assembly line workers were confused and stopped short of installing a complete deluxe interior. Both doors were prepped for the electrical harness from the door jamb to inside the doors for the deluxe courtesy lights and in fact had the factory door harnesses run from the door jamb to inside the doors but connected to nothing in the doors. The driver's door did not have the rectangular cut out in the door skin for the deluxe courtesy light, someone scratched a precise rectangle with an awl and marked it "cut out" but that was not done. Rather, the deluxe grill on the driver's side was attached to the door with trim screws into hand drilled holes while the white plastic threaded inserts were left on the driver's side floor, unused, under the carpet for 45 years. The stainless trim around the accelerator and brake pedal pads was also missing from the original pads. Otherwise the deluxe interior pieces were all present. My guess is that the error was caught during final QA inspection and a "good enough" fix was implemented.
 

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I believe my 67 has the original data plate. Maybe I should say the data plate looks original to the door.

Exterior color is stamped from the back M8.

M = Wimbledon White

8 = Springtime Yellow

The PO says the car is Wimbledon White, I say it looks to dark to be Wimbledon White and not yellow enough to be Springtime Yellow. So IDK, its a mystery.

Im in Georgia, my car has a Atlanta DSO, Im sure it has changed hands many times and had extensive work done on it over the years.

Everything else on the data plate matches up.
 

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Somewhat switching topics, but after searching what smoke silver gray fastback look like I think I’m going back to the original color and keeping the black interior. With a nice paint job and the right wheel/tire combo I think this color looks phenomenal!
Red interior looks dynamite with SSG as well, so either way you go, you'll have a winner.. :)
 

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Sydewaysix... Dude, Something is definitely wrong with the installation of the GT Fog Lights in your first pic. It looks like they have the Left side swapped with the Right side or something... Better check into that....Something is definitely WAY OFF there if you know who's car that is or if its just a stock pic from the internet...

:eek:)

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Paint on the bolts - paint on the warranty plate? I'll bet you a Timbit there's silver paint under that warranty plate as the PO's body guy was too lazy to do things right (poor mask job to boot!). Kevin Marti has new warranty plate 'rivets'. Pop that sucker off to reveal the truth - it's wrong anyway!
 

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Silver/Gray vehicles. An automotive colors study description reads: "Unobtrusive and seeks to blend in". The least amount of awareness factor for other drivers to register visually and be cognizant of. Fairly unpopular compared to nearly all other colors unless it's a traditional Porsche, of coursha.
Yeah, those silver Mustangs are real wallflowers, very shy and unobtrusive.

 

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Somewhat switching topics, but after searching what smoke silver gray fastback look like I think I’m going back to the original color and keeping the black interior. With a nice paint job and the right wheel/tire combo I think this color looks phenomenal!
Red interior looks dynamite with SSG as well, so either way you go, you'll have a winner.. <img src="http://forums.vintage-mustang.com/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="smile" class="inlineimg" />
Would love to do a full red interior conversion...may still need to do it even if I stay with SSG. Funny how I hated red interior in the Foxbody and Sn95 mustangs but for some reason it looks great in these classics!

My ‘65 FB is SSG with white interior. Well...at least it will be that again some day. BTW, don’t freak out when you learn that SSG has a lot of green in it.
I’m ok with the green...really gives that silver a nice hue!
 

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Yeah, those silver Mustangs are real wallflowers, very shy and unobtrusive.
I didn't conduct the study, David. :nerd:
White: Elegant
Black: Sophisticated and powerful
Green: Nature/Natural
Blue: Maternal/Soothing
Red: Arrogant and Aggressive
Yellow: Same as Red
Silver/Grey: Unobtrusive/Seeks to blend in
Burgundy/Maroon: Wealth and Richness
Brown: Staid and Consistent
Gold: Ostentatious/Showy
Turquoise: Selective/Rare
 

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Truly, those colors may represent some of these things on an 'average' car. But who would ever call a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud something trying to blend in? Or Grabber Blue being maternal? And I'm pretty sure that Plum Crazy on a '70 Challenger didn't mean "wealth and richness". For that matter, the "Peeling Chalky White" on my poor Cougar does not equate to richness.


A car's color scheme is just like anything else. The right color, in context, can make it look better, worse, or project something that the owner wants to convey. The study is flawed at best. But it's interesting!
 

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"MUSTANG ! ! - - The car designed to be designed by you ! !"
 

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...or project something that the owner wants to convey.
I think you hit on a big part of it there. Color choice isn't always how people see themselves personally, but sometimes how they wish to be perceived by others (which may be contrary). Like the little old lady who says; "Ooh, I love that red one, but I just can't. What would the neighbors think of me?" Some folk don't give a hoot about color at all. They may seek a particular model only and are okay with whatever they can find, even if it's baby poop brown. And yes, Grabber Blue would seem to fall into that red/yellow/orange realm.
As for Rolls Royce Silver clouds, here's one: :wink:
 

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... even if it's baby poop brown. :
Hahaha ! ! Please reserve all Baby Poop Brown (also has a bit of green) for the period-correct 1970s models ! !
 

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I didn't conduct the study, David. :nerd:
White: Elegant
Black: Sophisticated and powerful
Green: Nature/Natural
Blue: Maternal/Soothing
Red: Arrogant and Aggressive
Yellow: Same as Red
Silver/Grey: Unobtrusive/Seeks to blend in
Burgundy/Maroon: Wealth and Richness
Brown: Staid and Consistent
Gold: Ostentatious/Showy
Turquoise: Selective/Rare
Well, the point would be who did? And what was the methodology?

In the car business, certain colors have a reputation, such as "resale red" and "no sale silver". Silver paint has little pigment compared to other colors, and for many years would deteriorate in the sun very quickly. The original color of my car is Silver Blue, which I liked, but would only last 3-4 years in daily use before it needed repainting. I finally changed it to Wimbledon White, and it basically never went bad.

Improvements in paint technology have made it possible to keep silver paint from quickly degrading.
 

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I stay away from silvers. The color is to close to the color of the road and difficult to see/be seen in cloudy, wet, dawn/dusk conditions.
 
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