Colors

The color code (or paint code) identifies the original paint color of the body that the car had from factory and can be found on the type designation plate in the engine bay. The color codes on this page represent the normal and official colors found on Volvo Amazon between 1957 and 1970 in Sweden. The same color codes were used on several Volvo models, for instance dark blue (96) which was used both on the Amazon and on the 140-series. They are of course exactly the same color. Test paints that were tested on the Volvo Amazon later became production paints on the P 1800, the 140 and the 164 series.

Sections:
Single-tone and two-tone
The Wilsgaard tryouts
Metallic
Paint codes
Shades
Colors per model year
Touch-up paint
Test paint

Single-tone and two-tone

From being available in a two-tone finish the first years, the Volvo Amazon became available in single tone finish only in the early 1960s, except the Police edition, but Volvo Amazon was also sold new as single tone finish already from the start in 1956. The first single tone started to become more common in 1961 and became standard in 1962. The two prototypes X1 and X2 (read more about them in the section on history) were two toned and a vast majority of all Amazons produced up until 1961 were two toned. In the beginning the Amazon was available as Black with grey beige top (paint code 49), as Grey beige with black top (paint code 50), as Cherry red with grey beige top (paint code 51) and later, from ch.-no. 1933, as Midnight blue with grey
beige top (paint code 54).

The prototypes and the around ten first production cars have the door arches painted in the same color as the top, a feature that thereafter was discontinued (probably due to cost reasons).

Single-tone black Volvo Amazon.

Single toned Amazons before model year 1961 are uncommon, but Volvo explicitly write in sales brochures already in 1956 that single tone cars are available (see for instance RK 6112 page 2). Among these, Black (19) and Olive green (56) are predominant while Red (46) and California white (42) are added in 1959. It is difficult not to see the relation with the introduction of Volvo Amazon in the United States here. The same year Olive green (59), possibly replacing 56, is added. Volvo also delivered single tone Blue (31) cars each year to the Royal Danish Court starting in 1958. With model year 1961, the last with the B16 engine, a number of single tone paints are added such as Black (63), Grey beige (65), Slate blue (67) and also a variant of Blue (35). But fact was that most customers wanted their Amazon two toned and it is easy to see why – it is undeniably one of the top characteristics of the car.

The Wilsgaard tryouts

In the mid 1950s two-tone cars were the hype and that this feature was in the plan for Volvo Amazon already from the beginning is confirmed by the fact that the two prototypes X1 and X2 were painted two-tone. But what color combinations should the Amazon get? Since before it has been known that Volvo experimented a lot with colors during early production and, as it turns out, chief designer Jan Wilsgaard decided early on to evaluate suitable two-tone color combinations on the first 20 or so series produced cars and also fit these with different upholsteries to be able to later decide what color combinations and what upholsteries to use in the continued production of the Volvo Amazon.

Part of the production cards for the first series produced Volvo Amazons.

In the winter of 2021 documents were recovered from Volvo’s Historical Archive signed by Jan Wilsgaard on June 25th, 1956 listing these test paints. Wilsgaard simply selected five different colors and numbered them 1 through 5. 1 was white, 2 was grey, 3 was blue, 4 was red and 5 was black. He then tested combinations of these colors for two-tone paints of the new Amazon model, where the first digit in the combination stated the color of the top and the second digit of the combination stated the color of the car’s body other than the top (Wilsgaard referred to this as the side of the car). Mathematically this yields 25 combinations of which five will be single tone cars (11, 22, 33, 44 and 55).

Ch.-no.WPCColor combinationComment
112Grey with white top
242Grey with red top
341White with red top
421White with grey top
523Blue with grey topLater production color code 54 *
651White with black top
714Red with white topAlso ch.-no. 21-25
813Blue with white top
952Grey with black topLater production color code 50 *
1025Black with grey topLater production color code 49 *
1131White with blue top
1224Red with grey topLater production color code 51 *
1332Grey with blue top
1455Single-tone blackLater production color code 19 *
1533Single-tone blueLater production color code 31 *
1622Single-tone greyLater production color code 65 *
1711Single-tone whiteLater production color code 42 *
1844Single-tone redLater production color code 46 *
1954Red with black top
2045Black with red top
21-2514Red with white top

* Differences in shade can occur.

Wilsgaard rejected some apparently strange combinations and as can be seen from above chart, combinations of red and blue or black and blue were not tested at all. No car was painted in the combination 15 (black with white top) either.

The blue test paint is to be replaced by ”a slightly lighter shade of blue” by the turn of the year 1956/1957, according to Wilsgaard’s PM, but if that ever happened is unknown. The same PM lists the Volvo part numbers of each of these five test paints.

Some of these test paint combinations , we can call them Wilsgaard Paint Codes (WPC), happens to coincide with Volvo’s regular paint codes both before the Amazon series as well as on the Amazon series but later in the production. Examples include 21 (maroon red metallic), 25 (beige), 42 (California white) and 54 (midnight blue with grey beige top). This has been confusing and made it difficult to interpret color codes of early series produced Amazons. California white (42) was both common and popular on the PV 444 at the time of the launch of the Amazon.

The picture below is probably taken in the fall of 1956 and with a model suggesting it was taken for marketing purposes. The car in the picture is most likely chassis number 2: grey with red top.

Volvo Amazon ch.-no. 2: grey with red top

Chassis number 10 was also used by Volvo for marketing. The car was registered with license plate number O45930 on the 3rd of April, 1957 with AB Volvo listed as owner and was used shortly thereafter for testing purposes in the magazine Motor #14, 1957.

Motor #14, 1957

But it’s not only during early production that Volvo tested new colors and color combinations on the Amazon. This was done also later, and Volvo tested both new shades of existing combinations as well as completely new colors. Two good examples found in the delivery books are ch.-no. 30131 which is delivered as ”blue/lemon grey” and ch.-no. 30132 as ”blue/oyster white”. The latter happens a lot more frequent in the periods before Volvo introduce other, new models. In 1961 Volvo introduce the P 1800 and around the same time the Amazon went from two toned to single toned. During this period Volvo explored a lot of new colors on the Amazon. We can also see an increased use of new colors on the Amazon before the launch of the 140-series that didn’t always make it as production colors on the Amazon but did so on other Volvo models, such as steel blue metallic (102). The purpose seem not to have been to create rare and exciting Amazons but instead to try out new colors for both the Amazon series as well as for other models.

The colors in the two-toned cars are synonyms of each other, meaning that the black color in 49 and 50 respectively is paint code 19. In the same way the red color in 51 is paint code 46 (which in turn, by the way, is synonym with other red paints that does not occur on the Amazon, such as 43), and the midnight blue color in 54 is paint code 31 (synonym also with 35 and 45). The grey beige color in the two-toned cars is paint code 65. The last two tone cars sold to the public were of model year 1961. The police edition was in black and white and remained in production from 1958 up until 1970 but the first model years typically have color code 19 stated (not 60). The very first police painted cars that Volvo delivered to the Swedish police were Amazons and had white tops (later black). In total, Volvo delivered some 750 Volvo Amazon in police edition (including unmarked cars) to the Swedish police.

Metallic

In 1952, Volvo introduced the classic maroon paint of so called Metallichrome type on the PV 444 (which up until then mostly came as either black or grey). Metallichrome was the metallic paint of the time, a beautiful shining cellulose based paint that was notoriously difficult to maintain – the beautiful shine soon disappeared despite proper care and the paint was generally fragile. The color code was 8 and was replaced with a synthetic paint of the same tone in 1955, now with color code 21. There were supposedly a few early Volvo Amazons with paint code 21 (Red metallic) from factory, but in light of Wilsgaard’s test paints above it’s more probable that paint code 21 was confused with WPC 21. Later during the production of the Volvo Amazon, Volvo tries out several metallic paints on the Amazon but these are test paints and with the exception of 53/102 (Steel blue metallic) it is an extremely limited amount of cars painted in metallic paints. Other examples of metallic paints used as test paints on the Volvo Amazon are 53/90 (Silver metallic) and 53/91 (Bluegreen metallic). The test paint 53/92 is probably also a metallic paint. Read more about test paints further down on this page.

Paint codes

The table below lists the official color names that the cars were delivered as. For marketing reasons it was common that the same paint code was named differently on different markets and therefore has more than one color name. Please note that the information on this page is a translation from Swedish. The exact wording of the color names may therefore differ from the official Volvo color name, but their meaning remains the same. Please also note that not all colors listed on a model year below were available on all markets at the same time. This is particularly true around the 1961 model year with
the broader introduction of single tone cars and as Volvo 122 S was introduced in the USA. Further, all colors were not available on all editions. Particularly the Volvo Amazon Favorit and the Volvo 123 GT had limited color ranges, which also differed per market. Volvo Amazon Favorit sold very well in Norway and Denmark and was available there as Cherry red (46) and Light blue (95), colors that were not available on the Favorit in Sweden. Similarly, the Volvo Canadian GT was available as Light green (91) and Light blue (95). The foreign assembly plants in South Africa and Chile painted the cars that they assembled themselves and these were shipped from Gothenburg with the field for color on the type designation plate empty. These cars are therefore found in different colors than the ones produced in Sweden.

Amazon bodies in the paint shop at the Torslanda plant.

There are more deviations. California white (42), for instance, took a break between 1963 and 1968 when Pearl white (79) was the only white alternative. Other minor deviations occur, including specially painted cars – National Road Administration yellow (55) and Military green (58) are two examples, as is Royal blue (31) which was the paint code used on the Amazons delivered each year between 1958 and 1966 to the Royal Danish Court. Another is the fire departments in Sweden that used the Amazon Estate as command vehicles which were painted in Cherry red (46), a combination that was not sold to the public.

Another short lived production paint on the Volvo Amazon was Blue green (85) which is found on early 1964 cars (and also on the PV 544), but was discontinued due to quality reasons. The paint took too long to dry which caused delays in the production and so it was discontinued. Note also that Volvo is not consistent in their use of their own color codes: for instance 59 denominates Pearl grey in the early years (pre 120-series) and later Olive green. How Volvo managed to keep this mess of colors in order remains a mystery.

Type designation plate of Volvo Amazon ch.-no. 1.

The picture above is of the type designation plate of Volvo’s first series produced Amazon. From the top type designation (P 1200), chassis number (1), color exterior (12), color interior (12) and upholstery (455). The car is Grey beige with black top today, but was according to Wilsgaard’s paint scheme above painted grey with white top from factory. The car may have been repainted by the owner (Volvo) after the point in time when the official production colors of the Amazon series had been decided, but that has not been established yet. The car is on display at the Svedino car museum in Ugglarp but is in a quite miserable condition. Pictures of the interior give a hint of what the color Pigeon blue looked like, as the car is not repainted on the inside.

Please note that the examples below are only for illustration and are not exact color reflections.

Color codeColorExampleModel yearComments
19Black1957 – 1970Not on the Estate.
31, 31-4Midnight blue / royal blue1961, 196631-4: P12134VE182906 *
35Midnight blue / royal blue1961
42California white / cascade white / ivory1959 – 1962, 1969 – 1970Only USA 1959.
46Cherry red / ruby red / red1962 – 1970Also the Estate (for the Fire Department: P22134VF33749, P223361P65608)
49Two-tone: Black with greybeige top1957 – 1961Black (19) and greybeige (65)
50Two-tone: Greybeige with black top1957 – 1961Greybeige (65) and black (19)
51Two-tone: Cherry red with greybeige top1957 – 1961Cherry red (46) and greybeige (65)
54Two-tone: Midnight blue with greybeige top1957 – 1961Midnight blue (31) and greybeige (65). From ch.-no. 1933.
56, 56-1Olive green1957 – 1961
59Olive green1959 – 1961
60, 60-1Police edition1966 – 1970Black (19) and white (189). 60-1 see P221341SP72173.
63Black1959 – 1966Rare. P12104UVB31440.
65Greybeige / light grey / pastel grey1961 – 1962Only USA 1961.
67, 67-1Slate blue / pastel blue1961 – 1964
72Fawn brown / doe brown / brown1962 – 1963Not the Estate.
73Mist green / Nobel green / light green1962 – 1963
79, 79-1Pearl white / off white / white1963 – 1968
80, 80-1, 80-2Graphite grey / grey1963 – 196680-2 see P22134VE25356.
84Golden yellow / yellow / desert sand1964 – 1965
85Blue green / turquoise1964Early cars. Canceled due to quality issues. Also on the PV 544.
86Blue or green?1963Only 12298VF for Arica, Chile. Color not yet found.
89Light blue / horizon blue1965 – 1966
90Dark blue / navy blue1965 – 1966
91Light green1966 – 1967
94Dark green / green1967 – 1970
95, 95-1Light blue / ice blue1967 – 1968
96Dark blue / royal blue / Pacific blue1967 – 1970
97Light yellow / yellow / sand yellow / Sahara yellow1968 – 1969
99Blue / medium blue / sky blue / Mediterranean blue1969 – 1970

Red (46) Estates are not sold to consumers and as a consequence do not appear in any sales brochures. This is valid for all markets, but Volvo delivers red Estates in paint code 46 to the Fire Department where they are used as command vehicles. For examples click on the link in the table above. Just as with red sedan models they come with black interior. The same thing is valid for Black (19) Estates. They exist as they were sold to the Police in Sweden, which the picture below shows, where they replaced bigger models of other brands and were used for patrol assignments and longer drives. But they were not sold to consumers in this paint. It is not clear if the paint used on these Estates are paint code 19 or 63.

Black Volvo Amazon Estates.

From Volvo’s delivery books we know that that color code 86 exist on the Amazon during model year 1963 for around a hundred or so CKDs delivered for assembly to Arica, Chile starting with ch.-no. 130222 (also ch.-no. 134283-134378). These cars have high ch.-no. in the model year 1963 range while the Arica plant opened already in June – July of 1963. Why the Arica plant painted some of their CKDs themselves
while others came painted from Gothenburg is not known, but is probably because the paint shop was not yet finished at the assembly plant when they wanted to start the assembly. The color is said to be either blue, green or something in between which actually makes sense since color code 85 was Blue green and used around the same time. No pictures of an Amazon with color code 86 in the type designation plate have yet surfaced.

Paint code 86 on Volvo Amazon, only on cars to Chile.

As stated above, single-tone cars before 1961 are rare but they do exist. Volvo enrolled no less than four cars, all single-tone red 122 S, in the 1959 Daily Express BRDC International Trophy in Class B at Silverstone with legendary driver Gunnar Andersson finishing first and with two of the other three cars finishing second and fourth. Amazon dominance in red!

Four red 122 S participated in the 1959 BRDC International Trophy at Silverstone.

That Volvo follows the trends and move away from two-tone to single-tone cars towards the end of the 1950s is clear. Below is an ad from Volvo depicting a red (46) B16 car that turns out to have been retouched to tag along with this trend better. Originally, the car was red with grey beige top (51), as can be seen on the original photo below.

Volvo Amazon B16 car (1957-1961) in red. The picture has been retouched by Volvo.
The same picture before touchup.

Black and white police cars were delivered already in 1958, but typically with color code 19 stated. The
police cars were based on the regular sport edition (Amazon Sport, 122 S) and equipped for the police at a special station after the car had left the production line. Unmarked police cars – typically Black (19) – did not have color code 60 but can be distinguished by the ending P in the type designation after the model year letter as well as by the S-codes. The police cars had several different upholsteries, some that are S-coded, but were predominantly red.

There are examples of how Volvo has repainted already painted bodies when introducing a new color, and in many cases did a sloppy job. When Mist green (73) was introduced in 1962 Volvo repainted several bodies originally painted Slate blue (67), a color that was introduced the year before. The blue color is still present in the trunk and in the engine bay of these cars while the rest of the body is painted green. The same thing occures among cars painted in test paints (see further down) and also when the paint Blue green (85) is introduced in 1964 where several of these cars appear to have been originally Black (19).

Shades

Some paint codes are accompanied by yet another digit, for instance 79-1, which indicates a different paint supplier and potentially a different tone of 79. The reason is that Volvo used different suppliers for some of its top coats. The paint is supposed to match Volvo pearl white (79) but slight differences in shade can occur. Volvo therefore recommend using the exact same paint code when touching up the paint, but Volvo also consider some shades to be synonymous with each other and consequently sell touch-up paint for several shades (for instance 79 and 79-1) under the same part number (277346). Known shades for the Volvo Amazon are 31-4, 56-1, 60-1*, 67-1, 79-1, 80-1, 80-2 and 95-1.

The shades are numbered based on when in time they are used in production for the first time, so 80 was delivered by the first supplier, 80-1 by the second, 80-2 by the third and so on. This goes on up until and including model year 1977, long after the Amazon has been retired. From model year 1978 the number instead states what supplier has supplied the paint:

  • -1 = Glasurit (BASF)
  • -2 = Herberts
  • -3 = Beckers
  • -4 = ICI
  • -5 = Sikkens (AKZO)
  • -6 = Lewis
  • -7 = Sigma

* Special delivery to the Royal Danish Court. Including P12134VK182906, S-1217. Implies the existance of also 31-1, 31-2 and 31-2, but not necessarily on the Amazon.

** Refers to the white in paint code 60, which is a two-tone finish.

Colors per model year

Below is essentially the same table again but listed per model year (i.e. what colors were available per
model year). Note that Volvo at least marketed that some colors only came in combination with a particular upholstery (see the section on combinations) and with certain engines and gearboxes, but exceptions should occur considering that marketing differed in different markets, that not all editions where available on all markets and that a paying customer with a firm idea of the equipment level of his/her new Volvo had a pretty good chance of getting what they wanted at Volvo. Test paints or other special colors are not included in this list.

Model yearColors
1957Black (19)
Black with grey beige top (49)
Grey beige with black top (50)
Cherry red with grey beige top (51)
Midnight blue with grey beige top (54)
Olive green (56)
1958Black (19)
Black with grey beige top (49)
Grey beige with black top (50)
Cherry red with grey beige top (51)
Midnight blue with grey beige top (54)
Olive green (56)
1959Black (19)
Black with grey beige top (49)
Grey beige with black top (50)
Cherry red with grey beige top (51)
Midnight blue with grey beige top (54)
Olive green (56, 59)
1960Black (19)
Black with grey beige top (49)
Grey beige with black top (50)
Cherry red with grey beige top (51)
Midnight blue with grey beige top (54)
Olive green (56, 59)
1961Black (19)
California white (42)
Midnight blue (31, 35)
Black with grey beige top (49)
Grey beige with black top (50)
Cherry red with grey beige top (51)
Midnight blue with grey beige top (54)
Olive green (56, 59)
Grey beige (65)
Slate blue (67)
Mist green (73)
1962Black (19)
California white (42)
Cherry red (46)
Greybeige (65)
Slate blue (67)
Fawn brown (72)
Mist green (73)
1963Black (19)
Cherry red (46)
Slate blue (67)
Fawn brown (72)
Mist green (73)
Pearl white (79)
Graphite grey (80)
Light blue (86)
1964Black (19)
Cherry red (46)
Slate blue (67)
Pearl white (79)
Graphite grey (80)
Golden yellow (84)
Blue green (85)
1965Black (19)
Cherry red (46)
Pearl white (79)
Graphite grey (80)
Golden yellow (84)
Light blue (89)
Dark blue (90)
1966Black (19)
Cherry red (46)
Pearl white (79)
Graphite grey (80)
Light blue (89)
Dark blue (90)
Light green (91)
1967Black (19)
Cherry red (46)
Pearl white (79)
Light green (91)
Dark green (94)
Light blue (95)
Dark blue (96)
1968Black (19)
Cherry red (46)
Pearl white (79)
Dark green (94)
Light blue (95)
Dark blue (96)
Light yellow (97)
1969Black (19)
California white (42)
Cherry red (46)
Dark green (94)
Dark blue (96)
Light yellow (97)
Blue (99)
1970Black (19)
California white (42)
Cherry red (46)
Dark green (94)
Dark blue (96)
Blue (99)

In contemporary sales literature, Volvo write that the Amazon’s body ”undergoes thorough rust protection where it first is washed very carefully, after which the body is bonderized and given a light etched surface that increases the adhesiveness of the paint. It is then dipped in a special rust protective paint, dried and checked before being ready for treatment in Volvo’s modern paint shop. In the paint shop, the durable priming and middle paints are applied and finally the impact resistant and beautiful top coating. Thanks to the meticulous preparations and the modern paint methods the body is left with a shiny and beautiful surface, which keeps its luster and its protective properties for a very long time.”

Touch-up paint

Some paint codes are inter-exchangeable, i.e. the same paint is delivered under the same part number for more than one paint code. As an example of this, Volvo states the following touch-up paints in an accessories catalogue. Note that all paint codes do not apply to the 120-series. The table below gives the hint that despite Volvo’s great variety of paint codes, several of them are in fact identical (at least from a touch-up perspective).

PaintPaint codesPart number
Black19, 49, 50277020
Midnight blue31, 35, 45, 54277022
California white42277024
Cherry red43, 46, 51277025
Grey beige43, 44, 45, 49, 50, 51, 54, 65277026
Golden beige48277028
Olive green56, 56-1, 68, 68-1277029
Slate blue67, 67-1277030
Fawn brown72277031, 277188
Mist green73277032
Pearl white79, 79-1277346
Graphite grey80, 80-1277350
Golden yellow84277448
Blue green85277450

Test paint

A smaller amount of cars were painted in test colors. These cars have a number combination consisting of two numbers stated as paint code, where the first number indicates the producer of the paint and the second number indicates the color code. Most common is the producer code for DuPont, ”53”, but ”94” also occurs (but with an yet unknown producer). Sometimes Volvo punches the sign ”/” between the numbers for producer and color code, and sometimes the sign ”-”. With the exception of 53/102, very few cars were painted in test colors, commonly only one unit and these were typically not sold to customers but instead used as test cars, show room cars or sold to Volvo employees.

53/102 was relatively common on the 1967 123 GT – maybe as many as 100 cars – and is not rarely seen
on photos of Volvo reseller’s showrooms of the time (like in the picture below). It is also found the 121 that same model year and is mentioned in workshop bulletins from Volvo. 94/102 also occurs, both on 121 and on the 123 GT, model year 1967 but is probably even more uncommon. It is very likely the same color (Steel blue metallic) but with another producer. It is obvious that Volvo preferred DuPont.

Steel blue metallic (53-102) 123 GT on display in reseller’s showroom.

According to owners of test painted Amazons these cars are sparsely painted and the primer shines through in places like the engine bay and the trunk. Comparisons of cars painted in the same test paint also reveal quite big differences in shade, which is likely explained by the fact that they were produced only in few numbers and often far apart from each other in terms of chassis numbers.

Some early test paints, like 53/23 and 53/27, later became official production paints on Volvo Amazon. You can notice that trend also in 53/64, a dark blue test paint used on a small number of 1964 P 130. Dark blue is available from 1965 under color code 90 (from 1967 under color code 96). Steel blue metallic (102) is an official paint on the Volvo 140, Volvo 164 as well as on the P 1800, but never made it on the Amazon.

More test paint colors than the ones found in the table below could exist.

Paint codePaintModel yearComments
53/23Mist green1961ch.-no. 56087 (P 120)
53/24Olive yellow1961ch.-no. 56088 (P 120)
53/25Cloud blue1961ch.-no. 56089 (P 120)
53/26Seal brown1961ch.-no. 56090, 61396 (P 120)
53/27Fawn brown1961ch.-no. 56094, 61398 (P 120)
53/28Navy blue1961ch.-no. 56091 (P 120)
53/29Deep blue1961 – 1962ch.-no. 56092, 94443 (P 120)
53/30Night blue1961ch.-no. 56093 (P 120)
53/31Mercedes grey1961 – 1962ch.-no. 61397, 94441 (P 120)
53/33<not stated>1962ch.-no. 94442 (P 120)
53/34<not stated>1962ch.-no. 94440 (P 120)
53/56<not stated>1964ch.-no. 8392 (P 220)
53/57<not stated>1964ch.-no. 8393 (P 220)
53/58<not stated>1964ch.-no. 8394 (P 220)
53/59<not stated>1964ch.-no. 8395 (P 220)
53/60<not stated>1964ch.-no. 8396 (P 220)
53/64Dark blue1964ch.-no. 76363 – 76372 (P 130, 121)
53/65Greybeige1964ch.-no. 78416 – 78421 (P 130)
53/90Silver metallic1966ch.-no. 189059 – 189062 (P 130, 122 S)
53/91Blue green metallic1967 – 1968ch.-no. 234837 – 234937, 235787 – 235817, 237351, 237993 (P 130 *), 62767 (P 220, 122 S)
53/92<unknown>1967P 130, 121
53/102Steel blue metallic1967Including ch.-no. 230401, 233390, 233622, 233982 (P 130 **)

* Mostly 123 GT, but also a few 121 (for instance ch.-no. 237351 and 237993) and 122 S (for instance ch.-no. 62767).
** Mostly 123 GT, but also a few 121 (for instance ch.-no. 241848, 241868, 243358, 243366 and 249574).

Test paintColorExampleModel yearComment
53-90Silver metallic1966Only 122 S. Only four known cars.
53-91Blue green metallic1967Both 121 and 123 GT. Similar to production paint 111.
53-102Steel blue metallic1967Both 121 and 123 GT. Later production paint 102.

Examples of type designation plates from Amazons with test paints:

53/64
53/90
53/91
53/92
53/102