Exploring the Original C2 Corvette Paint Colors of 1963-1967 Vettes

John Kittleson's 1963 Fuel Injection Corvette on display from the NCRS Texas Chapter at the Corvette Chevy Expo in Galveston, Texas.
John Kittleson’s 1963 Fuel Injection Corvette on display from the NCRS Texas Chapter at the Corvette Chevy Expo in Galveston, Texas.

In today’s blog post, we are exploring the original C2 Corvette Paint Colors. The C2 ran from 1963 through 1967. If you are looking to restore your Corvette back to its original factory settings, read on to learn about the correct paint colors by model year.

Restoring a Corvette’s original paint remains a prevalent task among global Corvette enthusiasts engaged in restoration projects. Selecting the precise paint color stands pivotal in determining the project’s success. With nearly 25 distinct original paint colors delivered by GM between 1963 and 1967 for the C2 Corvette, the choice becomes a critical factor in achieving an impeccable restoration.

Opting for an incorrect color might result in an unsatisfactory, mismatched paint job, which could detract from the vehicle’s allure. Conversely, selecting the right hue promises a revitalized exterior, perfect for stealing the spotlight at classic car exhibitions or races.

To aid in this pivotal choice, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of C2 Corvette paint colors along with their corresponding OEM color codes. Utilize this resource to identify your car’s original C2 Corvette color based on its manufacturing year.

Prominent C2 Corvette Colors

Across these years, several colors were available for multiple production years. Here are the color names, years of production, and the total quantities manufactured:

  • Nassau Blue Metallic (1965, 1966) – 12122
  • Ermine White (1963-1967) – 9668
  • Riverside Red (1963, 1964) – 9886
  • Rally Red (1965-1967) – 9395
  • Silver Pearl Metallic (1966, 1967) – 7471
  • Daytona Blue Metallic (1963, 1964) – 6929
  • Milano Maroon Metallic (1965, 1966) – 6630
  • Tuxedo Black (1963-1967) – 5093
  • Sunfire Yellow (1966, 1967) – 4724
  • Silver Blue Metallic (1963, 1964) – 3121
  • Saddle Tan Metallic (1963, 1964) – 1765 *Information on 1963’s C2 paint colors is not fully available.

C2 Corvette Colors by Year

Each year from 1963 to 1967 introduced unique C2 colors, with some available only in specific years while others spanned multiple years. Here’s a breakdown of color names and their respective OEM color codes for each year:

  • 1963 C2 Corvette Colors
    • Ermine White: 936
    • Tuxedo Black: 900
    • Silver Blue Metallic: 912
    • Daytona Blue Metallic: 916
    • Riverside Red: 923
    • Saddle Tan Metallic: 932
    • Sebring Silver: 941
  • 1964 C2 Corvette Colors
    • Ermine White: 936
    • Tuxedo Black: 900
    • Silver Blue Metallic: 912
    • Daytona Blue Metallic: 916
    • Riverside Red: 923
    • Saddle Tan Metallic: 932
    • Satin Silver Metallic: 940
  • 1965 C2 Corvette Colors
    • Ermine White: CC
    • Tuxedo Black: AA
    • Nassau Blue Metallic: FF
    • Milano Maroon Metallic: MM
    • Silver Pearl Metallic: QQ
    • Rally Red: UU
    • Glen Green Metallic: GG
    • Goldwood Yellow: XX (Note: The double-letter color codes are unique to 1965 C2 Corvettes.)
  • 1966 C2 Corvette Colors
    • Ermine White: 936
    • Tuxedo Black: 900
    • Nassau Blue Metallic: 976
    • Milano Maroon Metallic: 988
    • Silver Pearl Metallic: 986
    • Rally Red: 974
    • Sunfire Yellow: 984
    • Laguna Blue: 978
    • Trophy Blue Metallic: 980
    • Mosport Green Metallic: 982
  • 1967 C2 Corvette Colors
    • Ermine White: 936
    • Tuxedo Black: 900
    • Silver Pearl Metallic: 986
    • Rally Red: 974
    • Sunfire Yellow: 984
    • Marina Blue Metallic: 976
    • Lynndale Blue Metallic: 977
    • Elkhart Blue Metallic: 980
    • Goodwood Green Metallic: 983
    • Marlboro Maroon Metallic: 988

Exploring the vibrant spectrum of original paint colors for the 1963-1967 C2 Corvettes unveils a rich history of automotive aesthetics. Selecting the right hue isn’t just about restoring a vehicle—it’s about preserving its legacy. Each color represents an era, a style, and a story. Whether aiming for authenticity or a unique reinterpretation, these colors continue to captivate enthusiasts, adding depth and character to every meticulously restored Corvette, ensuring that these timeless classics remain a sight to behold on roads and at exhibitions for years to come.

Below are links that will provide detailed information and insights about each specific year’s C2 Corvette model, offering a comprehensive understanding of their unique characteristics and contributions to automotive history.

  • 1963 C2 Corvette Information: Uncover details about the 1963 C2 Corvette model, its specifications, features, and historical significance. 1963 Corvette Information
  • 1964 C2 Corvette Information: Explore comprehensive insights into the 1964 C2 Corvette model, its innovations, and technological advancements. 1964 Corvette Information
  • 1965 C2 Corvette Information: Dive into the distinctive features and nuances of the 1965 C2 Corvette, highlighting its design and performance elements. 1965 Corvette Information
  • 1966 C2 Corvette Information: Discover the evolution of the 1966 C2 Corvette, including its engineering changes and notable characteristics. 1966 Corvette Information
  • 1967 C2 Corvette Information: Learn about the final year of the C2 Corvette series, exploring the 1967 model’s legacy and enduring appeal. 1967 Corvette Information

You may also enjoy An Overview of the Mid-Year C2 Corvette Sting Ray: 1963-1967.

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