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Old 04-28-2004, 10:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I must say, I am not a BMW man, though I must admit, they are nice cars and if I could afford one I probably would own one.

But anyway, I figured this would be the perfect place to get my question awnsered.

The car in the picture I attached is painted in a BMW color, it just doesn't have a clear cote on it. What is the color? What years was it offfered, on what models? I know it is a somewhat recent color, but not sure exactly. --Sorry, the car in the picture is very dusty, but I assume you guys know your stuff!
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Old 04-29-2004, 06:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Come on guys. I know at least 1 of you knows the color.
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Old 04-29-2004, 07:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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the closest thing that i can think of is the Sterling Gray (code 472) that was on e39 m5s, but that looks more brownish (or maybe it's the contrasts)... you might want to visit www.bmwusa.com and try to find it through their Build your own car thing...
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all i know for sure is that the paint is 'matte'. all bmw colors are not 'matte' but gloss..so i presume it is a bmw color but in matte form.
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Is the car real dirty? It looks like it needs to clay barred, polished and waxed. It might even be black? It's hard to tell.
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the car is dusty, but not 'really dirty' you definately don't claybar, polish, or wax cars like this, hell you rarely wash them. Thats the allure of it, it's a hot-rodder thing.

I tried the 'build a car' feature on bmwusa.com, I came up with either Chiaretto Red or Colorado Red.

And about all BMW colors being gloss not matte, its just because there is no clear on this car.

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btw, every few years or so, bmw NA change their color selections. They only keep the popular ones. They also usually drop the 'special' colors every few years or so. I remember there was Hellrot Red, and like Dakar Yellow.
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To me it looks like Canyon red from the 1997 5 series, it was the darkest red i've seen from them, its almost purple without a lot of light. Although the lack of a clear coat makes it really hard to tell.

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the car is dusty, but not 'really dirty' you definately don't claybar, polish, or wax cars like this, hell you rarely wash them.
sorry, never heard of it. Every hotrod I've seen shines like glass unless it's having some body work done.

I would advise a serious detailing just to protect the paint. Then you can let it get dusty. I really don't understand your motivation or "allure", but that's just me.

If you like it, then I guess its' okay. It's just that on this board everyone is so into keeping their rides lookin' good.
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Silver4evr - I'd be all fore keeping my car clean too if I had a bimmer, but with the whole hotrod "kustom Kulture" the point is to replicate the look of the 1950's. Back then they were more worried about spending their cash on speed parts then paint, so thats why soo many hotrods are in primer or matte paints.

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Every hotrod I've seen shines like glass unless it's having some body work done.
They are refered to as Street Rods not Hotrods, but unless you are in the "kulture" most people think of them as one in the same.

And thanks to everyone else for your help, I will stop intruding on your Bimmer talk now.
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If I had an old hot rod it would be matte black.
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