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8/9/12 9:41am - Original Message: 'All Corvettes are NOT Red (or White)'
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After posting yesterday's blog about C3 Corvette Color Production Counts, I got some feedback that my grouping of colors was a bit off.  So, I submit to you this "Version 2" to hopefully reflect a better grouping.

Changes I Made in Version 2:
I grouped Silver and Gray together as "Gray" instead of separate color groups.
I grouped Warbonnet Yellow together with "Gold."
And lastly I grouped Bronze in with "Brown."

Results of the changes:
It turns out that All Corvettes are not Red.... or White.... They're Gray!




Obviously, this can still be left open to debate as to whether or not my groupings are correct.  But this should give still give you a good idea as to just how the popularity ran over the 3rd Generation Corvette.

Numbers were taken from the available statistics for the model years 1968-1982.  Some years did not have any numbers available, and some have a few numbers missing.

Totals:

Color Category Production Count
Gray 69,131
White 64,516
Blue 55,653
Red 48,819
Black 36,135
Tan 31,492
Yellow 20,846
Green 20,120
Orange 18,275
Brown 16,597
Maroon 14,472
Gold 6,904
Black/Silver 6,502
Blue/Silver 1,667
Maroon/Silver 1,301
Gray/Silver1,239
White/Silver 664
Grand Total 414,333


For those of you that are interested in the full data set, and to see the groupings of colors, you can download this document:



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8/9/12 11:11am - Reply: 'Re: All Corvettes are NOT Red (or White)'
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8/9/12 12:04pm - Reply: 'Re: All Corvettes are NOT Red (or White)'
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ebo said: WowShocked with this much time on your hands I see another Wartell being expected.....
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LOL LOL LOL

You mentioned the fact that the numbers are not available for some years....that's true....in fact, quite a few year models don't have production numbers available for paint colors. '68-'69 for instance. That sure makes doing an accurate count impossible, for a lot of things. Still, with the available info, it's neat to see the trend.
Oh....Where did you group the ONE Chartreuse '77? LOL

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8/9/12 12:35pm - Reply: 'Re: All Corvettes are NOT Red (or White)'
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Adams' Apple said:...
Oh....Where did you group the ONE Chartreuse '77? LOL


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8/9/12 12:35pm - Reply: 'Re: All Corvettes are NOT Red (or White)'
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OK Adam. While your still in research mode I would like to see one more survey please. How many C3 owners repainted their Vette RED because they didn't like the original color? Then we would know what the most popular color is today as opposed to when the car was produced. Confused Ya think??

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8/9/12 6:26pm - Reply: 'Re: All Corvettes are NOT Red (or White)'
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I don't care which Adam's charts you use, BLUE still is more popular than red.  Thumbs Up  So, just proves that real Corvettes are NOT all red, but are BLUE.  Clap   Told ya so!!  Wink  LOL 
 
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8/9/12 7:14pm - Reply: 'Re: All Corvettes are NOT Red (or White)'
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Dejablu said: I don't care which Adam's charts you use, BLUE still is more popular than red.  Thumbs Up  So, just proves that real Corvettes are NOT all red, but are BLUE.  Clap   Told ya so!!  Wink  LOL 
 
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And this is from Larry with a red car (also)..........so there!!! Way to go LarryClap



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8/9/12 8:06pm - Reply: 'Re: All Corvettes are NOT Red (or White)'
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Gray?-- I knew it all along.

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8/9/12 9:32pm - Reply: 'Re: All Corvettes are NOT Red (or White)'
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corvette440hp said:
Dejablu said: I don't care which Adam's charts you use, BLUE still is more popular than red.  Thumbs Up  So, just proves that real Corvettes are NOT all red, but are BLUE.  Clap   Told ya so!!  Wink  LOL 
 
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And this is from Larry with a red car (also)..........so there!!! Way to go LarryClap

No, I still don't have a red car... my C6 is actually Daytona Sunset Orange, so there!!!  Thumbs Up  Anyway, I'd think you would agree as the picture of your Vette looks like its BLUE also. 

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8/9/12 11:27pm - Reply: 'Re: All Corvettes are NOT Red (or White)'
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I have to admit, I think the original grouping was a little better.  Silver and gray are two distinctly different colors.  I should know, I have a silver '76, but I'd rather have a "Steel Cities Gray" from the early 70's.  I love that color on sharks.  We have a similar color on our Odyssey, but it's just not quite the same.  

BTW, when I bought my car it was painted light BLUE (go figure, with a red interior).  When I had it painted, I had the shop go with the original color (SILVER) matched to the GM spec with the paint code tag on the driver's side door jamb.  And my car has never been red and never will be while I own it.  But I do like my red interior.  


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8/10/12 7:37am - Reply: 'Re: All Corvettes are NOT Red (or White)'
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Dejablu said:
corvette440hp said:
Dejablu said: I don't care which Adam's charts you use, BLUE still is more popular than red.  Thumbs Up  So, just proves that real Corvettes are NOT all red, but are BLUE.  Clap   Told ya so!!  Wink  LOL 
 
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And this is from Larry with a red car (also)..........so there!!! Way to go LarryClap

No, I still don't have a red car... my C6 is actually Daytona Sunset Orange, so there!!!  Thumbs Up  Anyway, I'd think you would agree as the picture of your Vette looks like its BLUE also. 

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8/10/12 10:56am - Reply: 'Re: All Corvettes are NOT Red (or White)'
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Guarantee BLUE is FAVORITE.  Why, even the Great EBO likes BLUE.  At least, on a 71 convertible big block.  Swear, if and when we group up again (Kinda like kenneling up) and the vettes are there I've gotta lock it up and hide the key.

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harryhere said: Guarantee BLUE is FAVORITE.  Why, even the Great EBO likes BLUE.  At least, on a 71 convertible big block.  Swear, if and when we group up again (Kinda like kenneling up) and the vettes are there I've gotta lock it up and hide the key.


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Harry where the heck you been, hear you may have some teflon chassis parts ahe?
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8/10/12 12:06pm - Reply: 'Re: All Corvettes are NOT Red (or White)'
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Check out my follow-up post regarding the popularity of Red over all Model Years:




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