Hello, I am inexperienced and purchased a 74 corvette. How do I determine what the original color of the car was? It is not on the title. Thank you for your help!

Asked by Jan 31, 2016 at 09:33 PM about the 1974 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

Question type: General

I purchased a 1974 corvette on a whim and would like to get it painted back to the original color.  I am trying to restore everything I can to original or as close as possible.  I am unsure how to determine the paint color.  Any help would be appreciated.  Also if you have an idea of what a paint job would cost for the 1974 vette in Michigan.  Thank you.

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go to/ call a paint store auto..and they will look it up for you..if they need your business..


74 black????????????????OEM Code Color Valspar Code PPG Code DuPont Code RM Code SW Code MS Code Azko Code WA Code 10 Classic White W041 8631 5040 1802 2517 3627 GMA70:10 3465 14 Silver Mist Metallic S051 2519 5563 2619 - 4306 GMA73:14 4319 17 Corvette Gray Metallic MW7401 2630 42817 2698 - 4425 GMA74:17 4547 22 Medium Bright Blue Metallic L3427 2744 5564 2621 - 4035 GMA73:22 - 48 Dark Green Metallic G1015 2644 42816 2706 - 4426 GMA74:48 4548 76 Milli Miglia Red R1127 2349 5291 2460 - 4146 GMA71:76 4147 56 Bright Yellow Y476 2094 5026 2709G - 3916 GMA74:56 3893 68 Dark Brown Metallic B1082 2543 42804 2647D - 4275 - - 74 Medium Red Metallic R238 2658 42810 2718F - 4419 GMA74:74 4533 80 Orange Metallic A385 2548 5568 2652 - 4301 GMA75:80 4464


Is your car at or very near original? If so, the first thing to look at is the brakes, engine and cooling system. Get it in top mechanical condition first. Try to replace as much as possible with original or near original equipment. Get a book that shows and maybe gives part numbers of all the times needing to be replaced. The very last thing to do is paint it. The stickers on the side of the door will give the factory paint colors. Any good car repair shop should have the color codes for factory paint, even for a 1974 Corvette. Go on line and put in 1974 Corvette stitistics and you will get the colors there. Good luck on the restoration. Take your time, do your research, and ask questions as you go. Don't get talked into getting what you don't need. As you go, you will find replacement parts are easy to find, but some may be a bit more expensive now that they are outdated. There are a handful of businesses that cater to the restorer that wants to keep original. A good Corvette magazine like "Vette" has a lot of advertisements for replacement parts, restoration articles, and what ever you want to know about your car. Good luck, have fun.


Look for the trim tag. It's on the driver's side usually on the firewall or the top of the cowl just ahead of the windshield. HTH. -Jim

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Look for the trim tag and the paint color as mentioned above. You can see what that number translates to for the color: http://www.corvetteactioncenter.com/specs/c3/1974/74prod.html

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