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Identifying Vintage Ferrari paint colors has proven illusive. This seems to be a common source of frustration for folks trying to identify a color they see on a particularly nice car, in order to have a paint shop replicate it properly. With your help, perhaps we can sort this out. Lets start with the paint, and if there is interest, we can do the leather colors next.

I've listed the Factory colors identified by Keith Bluemel in his book "Original Ferrari V12 1965-73" plus a couple more, and added the consensus on the English names. Send in your pictures!

At the bottom of this page there is a key to italian color names. Also, Ian Levy noted that apparently a lot of the colours were named after the great European racehorses of the day, eg Le Sancy, Hyperion, Nijinsky, Nashrullah, Sir Ivor, Rubino, Nearco, Molvedo, Seabird, etc. It make makes sense Ferrari would do this, and certainly accounts for the obscurity of some of the names.

Color Charts

Fiat Colors
1968 to 1973

Ferrari Colors
1995

PPG Ferrari Colors
1998

PPG Ferrari Colors
1999

Amaranto (Dark Red) 19.374 lt./20.153


Azzuro La Plata (Light Blue) 20.A.167


Azzuro Metallic (Light Blue Metallic) 19.278M/20.336/1.443.648


Blu (Blue) 19.343


Blu (Blue) 20.444


Blu Chiaro (Pale/Light Blue) 20.295


Blu Chiaro Metallic (Pale/Light Blue Metallic ) AKA Tour De France Blue 2.443.604


SN 2081
http://www.ferraris-online.com

SN 2081
http://www.ferraris-online.com

Blu Notte (Midnight Blue) 20.454


Blu Popora (Popora(?) Blue) 66.426


Blu Sera (Evening Blue) 20.264 MM16439


SN 2081
http://www.250pfcoupe.com

SN 2081
http://www.250pfcoupe.com

Blu Sera Metallic (Metallic Evening Blue) 20.100M/106.A.18/2.443.603


"Blue Sera Metallic 106 A/18
or 2.443.603"Ian Levy

Yale says his car is the same color as the Blue Sera PF Coupe above, but metallic.

6097

See the movie here

Blu Scuro (Deep/Dark Blue) 20.448/95C-6159


Blu Turchese (Turchese(?) Blue) 23.132


Bianco (White) 20.414


6393

6393

9017

9017

Bianco Polo Park (Pearl(?) White) 120.W.152


Celeste Metallic (Celestial Light Blue Metallic) 20.411


Celeste Chiaro (Celestial Really Light Blue) 106.A.26


Giallo (Yellow)


5769

5769

5769


Argento Auteuil (Silvergrey Metallic) 106.E.1


Grigio Argento (Silver Grey) 20.265/25.090


Grigio Le Sancy 2.443.009


Ian Levy

Grigio Ferro (Iron/Gunmetal Grey) 106.E.8


Grigio Fumo (Smoke Grey) 20.294


Grigio Notte (Night Grey) 106.E.28


Nero (Black)


7471

7761

7471

7471?

Marrone (Brown) 2.662.378


http://www.fantasyjunction.com

http://www.fantasyjunction.com

http://www.fantasyjunction.com

http://www.fantasyjunction.com

Nocciola (Chestnut Brown) 20.451


Nocciola Metallic (Chestnut Brown Metallic) 106.M.27


Oro Chiaro Metallic (Light Gold Metallic (Champagne)) 19.410M


6625

6625

6625

6625

Oro Longchamps (Dark Metallic Gold (Bronze))


Rosso (Red) 19.374


Rosso Chiaro (Light Red) 20.R.190 or 20.R.191


Rosso Dino 20.R.350


SN Unknown

Rosso Cina (China Red) 20.456


Rosso Cordoba Metallic (Cordoba Metallic Red)


1976 308GTB

Rosso Rubino Metallic (Ruby/Burgundy Metallic Red 20.481


Tom Yang: 7569 at Lime Rock

5769

5769

Amaranto (Dark Red) 19.374 lt./20.153


Rosso Fiorano Code Number? (Although the 275 looks like Rubino to me...)


Verde (Green) 20.449


5769

69365

69365

69365

Verde Scuro Paint Code Number?


Dan Reese 9119

Dan Reese 9119

Dan Reese 9119

Dan Reese 9119

Verde Pino ("Pine" Green - Forest Green?) 20.453/106.G.30

To quote Mr Bluemel: "Principally, Scaglietti-built cars were delivered with paint manufactured by Glidden & Salchi, whereas those built by Pininfarina had paint manufactured by PPG or Duco, the latter only being in solid colours." He goes on to say that the customer could get whatever that wanted, though, so don't expect any consistency.

What Color Are These?


1
Blu Chiaro Met or
Blu Sera Met?

2
212 Export 0084e

3

4 Oro Longchamps?
(Darker than Oro Chiaro Metallic?)

5
SN 10825

6

75445

85445



Here are some other Ferrari color resources:
Barchetta.cc 275 Color Codes (Italver & Glidden Salchi)
Ferrari Club: What Colors Do Ferrari's Come In?

And from Teach Yourself Italian, here is an Italian color translation:

BIANCO
GRIGIO
NERO
ROSSO
GIALLO
VERDE
BLU
VIOLA
MARRONE
AMARANTO
ROSA
ARANCIO
OCRA
TURCHESE
CELESTE
LILLA
ARGENTO
ORO

The table above shows a list of the main colours which in Italian have a specific name. They are self-explaining, except the last two on the bottom of the right column, argento = silver and oro = gold.
A few of them may be referred to with different names. For instance, blu (blue) is commonly used for deeper shades of blue, while azzurro is more often preferred for medium and light shades of the same colour. Marrone is the most common word for brown, although in some compound names (as will be said further on) bruno is sometimes used. Also arancio (orange) is often called arancione, same colour.

Many more shades can be described by using the two adjectives chiaro (pale, light) and scuro (deep, dark). A few examples:

VIOLA CHIARO
ARANCIO CHIARO
VERDE CHIARO
VIOLA
ARANCIO
VERDE
VIOLA SCURO
ARANCIO SCURO
VERDE SCURO

This scheme may be theoretically used for any colour, although when a pale or deep shade has its own specific name, the latter is preferred (i.e. pink rather than pale red; ochre or tan rather than deep yellow; etc.).

Many colours have a specific name taken from a fruit, an animal, a gem, or anything else in nature which may recall the particular shade. A few examples:

ROSSO ARAGOSTA
(lobster red)
ROSSO SANGUE
(blood red)
VERDE PISELLO
(pea green)
VERDE MUSCHIO
(musk green)
BRUNO MOGANO
(mahogany brown)
AZZURRO CIELO
(sky blue)
BLU NOTTE
(night blue)
GIALLO LIMONE
(lemon yellow)
GRIGIO TOPO
(mouse grey)
GRIGIO PERLA
(pearl grey)

For the most common ones, usually only the second part is used, i.e. aragosta (lobster) instead of rosso aragosta (lobster red), crema (cream) instead of giallo crema (cream yellow), and so on. But when the shade's name might be misunderstood, it is better to use color (colour) in front of it: color aragosta, color limone, color mogano, etc.
Color is the same word colore, shortened for phonetic reasons when it is followed by the name of a shade.


Very few foreign names are also used for colours, and two of them are rather common:

BEIGE
BORDEAUX


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