Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Injun Territory, 'Merica!
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Quality bodywork & paint are not cheap, they way I usually advise friends & customers is, if the car is fairly rare combination, then look at the factory interior color, and then decide if a color change fits...both color combo & money wise. am not a huge Champaign Gold fan, but, imo, there are even less desirable '69 colors. If the '69 is a RA III or RAIV car, would def go back Champaign Gold.
A few color change examples:
- Customers '69 factiory Turquoise/ parchment bucket seat '69 GTO 4 spd, no AC. Very desirable color combo '69, lfactory light color seats makes it bearable to drive in the summer. Many serious owner/collectors love the color combo & the non AC factor...easy to work on. Customer has the '69 painted Carousel Red & turns its into a Judge clown car. What a waste!
- my '71 T-37 HO Coupe, color change was up for consideration til few years ago... 1 of 11 built, (1 of 6 built w M22). Pontiac Engineering car. original iCardinal Red w black parody cloth interior. Problem is, absolutely do not like red as an exterior color, ESP the '71 & '72 GM code 75 red! This view is compounded by waaaay too many color change "retail red" driver/showcars out there. The T is being restored, not as a driver/local showcar, but to very high level & as a purpose built Pure Stock Challenge car. Instead of painting it '71 Rosewood, a light brownish maroon color, that really looks striking, am going back with Cardinal Red.
-another long term keeper...'72 T/A, M22. originally was 11 11 (white car) with black Dix interior. Car was painted Lucerne blue many years ago. All numbers matching solid southern car. Being restored to a very high level, but having sold my last Lucerne blue HO car, the '72 is being painted Lucerne blue. Rationale.. completed, if I had to sell, & I've charted values on '72 T/A' for the last 15 years... such a high desirability TransAm is not going to take that much of a hit, and would still sell for more than the more common white '72's.
-Customer interested in buying a solid original drivetrain every option GoldenRod Yellow/ black hobnail 400 4spd '79 T/A off me. Wants me to restore it, done right! Talking a a car that can compete at nearly any show. The clinker...customer is hung up on "Bandits" Flys in looks at car, then pops the "I want you to paint it Black & stripe it up" as a "Bandit". Pontiac never built a Bandit, just SE's...had a little educating to do with this fellow, needless to say, turned down strong money & several months of work. oh well...
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