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Colour blind

When I tell people I bought a Porsche 924S they respond with, “sweet, the one with the Porsche 2.5 engine.” Actually, that’s a minority response. Most hear ‘Porsche’ and ask, “which one’s that?” I explain. Whether the first response is that of petrolhead or Muggle, what follows next is the same, “what colour is it?”

Answer, “red”. As seen below.

Porsche 924S Red Colour Sample

Except I’m that sort of geek where ‘”red” isn’t quite a full enough response. So, as a geek and petrolhead my answer is, “Guards Red”. Obviously the Muggles just hear “red”, but real people know exactly what I mean.

But it seems my 1980s upbringing has me a little over confident. Whilst doing some research [on the car in general] I discovered that Porsche elected to stop using Guards Red in 1982. In 1982 they introduced Indian Red which I understand is near identical. I believe that is the situation in the UK, which seems to be different from the rest of the world. My car is a 1986 so Indian Red. Which leaves my Guards Red touch up paint somewhat useless. Although given the condition of the paint on the car any paint matched to the factory colour is going to be out of place.

But I am still not convinced, looking at different sources some even say the 924S was Guards Red, and most adverts seem to list the car as Guards Red or Red, not seen one saying Indian Red. I don’t have the car at the moment to check the colour code, which I will. However, this again has its own problem. The colour code for Guards Red is 80K which the code for Indian Red is 80K. That is not a typo, Porsche have the same code for two very similar shades of red, produced consecutively.

So next, I need to check the code on the car see what that tells me, I am guessing ’80K’. After that, a call to Porsche, see if they still have records going back 26 years. I hope so.

Just for completeness, Guards Red was re-introduced in 1987.

Reference for the colour code information: Porschemag.com

Discussion

4 thoughts on “Colour blind

  1. I can’t help you with your red matching woes (my car isn’t even the original Porsche colour so I’m screwed) but I can help with the fact it won’t match anything due to age.

    I bought a 1990 MR2 in a nice deep red although when I got it the entire car was almost completely pink! I got myself some Meguiars ScratchX and set to work with a foam applicator and a microfibre cloth and with a bit of elbow grease the pinkness was gone and the car was back to a lovely shade of red. I chucked a few coats of wax on top of that and the old girl looked stunning again. Obviously using a proper machine polisher or a detailer would have been easier but I didn’t have either to hand.

    Posted by Rob King (@FistsOfHam) | February 2, 2012, 9:36 am
    • Good work. Assuming the stock’s not gone off since last year, I’ve got that covered – @Matt_WaxDaddy has hooked me up with all manner of things. Just need to steal a mate’s DA. I do have some Scratch X 2.0 as well, so may give that a try, thanks.

      Posted by #Project924 | February 2, 2012, 1:56 pm
  2. Perhaps I’m missing the point, but.. what about some T-Cut and Elbow Grease? For me, I’ve found that shiny cars improve handling and give an additional 5 bhp.

    Posted by Ton Dumans | March 23, 2012, 1:13 pm
    • Will be doing just that… well, a DA and cutting compound, hopefully in the next few weeks. But there are some dings a previous onwer filled, which I now need to colour in. And yes, I look forward to slicing through the air are great speeds 🙂

      Posted by #Project924 | March 23, 2012, 1:24 pm

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