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5/19/14 12:15pm - Original Message: 'C3 Interior Color Question'
Jasond56
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Kenosha, WI - USA

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1973 Corvette Stingray Coupe VIN 1Z37J3S418986 350 L-48 Automatic T-Tops St. Louis Assembly, 18,986th car built in 1973, Paint = 976 Mille Miglia Red, Interior = 425 Dark Red Vinyl (Ox Blood)

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Hello All!

1st time I'm posting to the site!  I'm a newbie.  Just purchased my first 1973 Corvette C3 350 L-48 auto.

I read through a bunch of posts here and had a blast decoding my VIN# and Paint Tag.  What I came up with is:

Vin #: 1Z37J3S418986

1 = Chevy Division, Z = Corvette, 37 = Coupe, J = L48 Engine, 3 = 1973, S = St. Louis Assembly, 418986 = Production Sequence starting at 400001-434464 (Roughly my car was the 18985th car built in 1973)

Paint Tag:

ChevroletH28 (H = Body Build in March 1973)

Trim 425 = Dark Red Vinyl Interior

976 Paint = Mille Miglia Red


My question is about the Trim 425.  According to my research it is Dark Red Vinyl, but when I visit Eckler's Corvette, they list interior parts colored either OXBLOOD or RED.  Can someone assist?

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5/17/14 7:44pm - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Grapevine, TX - USA

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1972 LT-1 convertible with factory air.

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I'm having a hard time reading your trim tag.  Wink

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5/17/14 9:00pm - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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1981 Red Interior White exterior

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They may only list what they have in stock. You may want to call them and ask if they have renamed the color. OOPS, Welcome to the forums!!

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5/17/14 9:29pm - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Temple City, CA - USA

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1969 Daytona Yellow. 350 / Automatic.

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Don't forget to check with all our supporting vendors.  I checked a couple and got the same results as you.  You'll begin to notice that many vendors have the same wholesalers.  Just keep searching.  Welcome.

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5/17/14 10:18pm - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Kenosha, WI - USA

Vette(s):
1973 Corvette Stingray Coupe VIN 1Z37J3S418986 350 L-48 Automatic T-Tops St. Louis Assembly, 18,986th car built in 1973, Paint = 976 Mille Miglia Red, Interior = 425 Dark Red Vinyl (Ox Blood)

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Thank you for the welcome! Sorry guys, for the HUGE paint tag pic. Don't know how that happened... I will call Eckler's and see if they renamed 425 Dark Red to Oxblood. Although, a simple Google Image searcg shows Oxblood being no where near the color of my interior. I will also continue to search other vendors for 425 Dark Red. Thanks!

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5/17/14 10:55pm - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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1981 Blue Ice Met. w/pearl ghost flames TKO500 5speed. LS1 Swap 3.45 Dana 44.

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Welcome to the forum! You should have stopped by the annual gathering in Appleton since we were basically in your back yard.
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5/18/14 10:53am - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Kenosha, WI - USA

Vette(s):
1973 Corvette Stingray Coupe VIN 1Z37J3S418986 350 L-48 Automatic T-Tops St. Louis Assembly, 18,986th car built in 1973, Paint = 976 Mille Miglia Red, Interior = 425 Dark Red Vinyl (Ox Blood)

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Thank you! She photographs well. There are quite a few imperfections outside and in. I think where ever she was stored had a window that allowed sunlight to constantly beat on her back driver's side area above thee wheel well and by thhe luggage rack. Lots of orange peel in that area :( Inside, interior needs to be replaced. I would have LOVED to tend the Appleton WI event....but I do not have plates yet. Collector plates take FOREVER! Well maybe 1.5 months total but seemingly forever when it's your first classic Vette. I'm climbing the walls over here!

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5/18/14 8:55pm - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Victor, NY - USA

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2004 Commemorative Edition Coupe, Auto w/HUD. 13K miles in 2015. Sold 1982 Red Coupe

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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the purchase.
I drove right past you on Wednesday morning onmy way to Appleton. Too much construction on I94 forced me to drive along the lake. Glad I did.

Most interiors come from Corvette America in PA and Mid-America in IL. Check them out.


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5/18/14 9:12pm - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Oak Creek, WI - USA

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1981 Great White Shark. Red Interior, 350/190hp. PS, PB (SS), A/C CC, T-Tops, Going to remain as Stock as possible. Served three years in Active Duty Army, then Retired Air Force after 34 years! Badger State Vetts Car Club. 175,000 Original miles!!

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Welcome to the best C-3 site in the world!!  I live in Oak Creek.  I would love to meet up with you sometime to "talk shop"

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5/19/14 12:36am - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Kenosha, WI - USA

Vette(s):
1973 Corvette Stingray Coupe VIN 1Z37J3S418986 350 L-48 Automatic T-Tops St. Louis Assembly, 18,986th car built in 1973, Paint = 976 Mille Miglia Red, Interior = 425 Dark Red Vinyl (Ox Blood)

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I did see just "red" on Corvette America, but not Dark Red. I will check the other site you mentioned then start making calls. Driving the lake front here is great! Scenic, no traffic and lots of classics in the summer. Took my daughter to the lake this afternoon. She really wanted to drive in Red Velvet (she named the C3 that) but doesn't understand the concept of going to jail for driving without plates. I don't know who wants them to come in more, me or her!

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5/19/14 12:39am - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Kenosha, WI - USA

Vette(s):
1973 Corvette Stingray Coupe VIN 1Z37J3S418986 350 L-48 Automatic T-Tops St. Louis Assembly, 18,986th car built in 1973, Paint = 976 Mille Miglia Red, Interior = 425 Dark Red Vinyl (Ox Blood)

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Thank you for the welcome! I would love to talk shop, especially because I'm just learning! I think you're about a half hour or so from Kenosha? We just moved here about 2 years ago from Chicago. Yep we are FIBs!

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5/19/14 12:20pm - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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 Most places that sell interior parts will send you a sample of the material used, for color comparison. Be aware tho....original upholstery and carpeting WILL fade over time, so what you have now may not be the same color it was originally anyway. Thumbs Up

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5/19/14 9:21pm - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Boise, ID - USA

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1972 mille miglia red corvette convertible. This is a car currently under restoration. The pic above is of me and my Ph.D. candidate daughter. She, not my Vette, is my pride and joy. Smile...

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Welcome! I have a '72 Mille Miglia with red interior. BEWARE!!!! Don't ask me how I know. For me, RED is correct for the interior. Any variation sucks. Make sure it's red. Not dark red, not maroon, not blood red, not torch red. Just RED. Smile... (At least that's the way it is on my 72)

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5/20/14 8:05am - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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, - Canada

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1975 Corvette 383 stroker w/Patriot 190 heads, Eagle stroker kit, Comp 279TH7 cam, DUI distributor, Edelbrock 7116 intake, Edelbrock 1806 carb, Hedman Hedders, TH400 w/TCI Breakaway 2400 stall, Transgo 1-2 shift kit.

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Welcome to the forum. Nice '73!

My '75 also has the Dark Red vinyl interior and Oxblood is the colour I've always ordered for interior parts. It matches. Dark Red vinyl came on '73 to '75 vettes. The '72 red is much brighter.



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5/20/14 8:36am - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Boise, ID - USA

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1972 mille miglia red corvette convertible. This is a car currently under restoration. The pic above is of me and my Ph.D. candidate daughter. She, not my Vette, is my pride and joy. Smile...

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Indeed. The '72 is very bright. That's why it's so important to pay attention to this. Chevy monkeyed with the interior a lot during those years.

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5/21/14 2:04am - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Carson City, NV - USA

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Numbers matching 1972 350 4 speed, silver pewter body with blue interior

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I just ordered / received leather seat covers from Bair's (they resell for lower price Corvette America covers) and they are beautiful and match darn near exact. I have 72 blue and like you there are numerous names and versions of blue used in these cars. I pulled the back off the drivers seat and clipped a piece of preserved vinyl for color matching. I sent it to them for matching. On the floor mats I had an ACC dealer from ebay send me carpet samples. Here is their website AutoMatStore.com. On ebay they don't tell you its ACC brand mats. It is the least expensive ACC mats I have found.

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5/21/14 10:01am - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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, - Canada

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1975 Corvette 383 stroker w/Patriot 190 heads, Eagle stroker kit, Comp 279TH7 cam, DUI distributor, Edelbrock 7116 intake, Edelbrock 1806 carb, Hedman Hedders, TH400 w/TCI Breakaway 2400 stall, Transgo 1-2 shift kit.

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HighDesertDave said: I just ordered / received leather seat covers from Bair's (they resell for lower price Corvette America covers) and they are beautiful and match darn near exact. I have 72 blue and like you there are numerous names and versions of blue used in these cars. I pulled the back off the drivers seat and clipped a piece of preserved vinyl for color matching. I sent it to them for matching. On the floor mats I had an ACC dealer from ebay send me carpet samples. Here is their website AutoMatStore.com. On ebay they don't tell you its ACC brand mats. It is the least expensive ACC mats I have found.

I have the ACC mats and carpeting in Oxblood and it was a good match.



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5/21/14 12:31pm - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Duncanville, TX - USA

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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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I used to be an ACC dealer. I still have the sample catalogs at the house somewhere. Only good for carpeting, tho, not seat covers.

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5/22/14 6:45pm - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Boise, ID - USA

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1972 mille miglia red corvette convertible. This is a car currently under restoration. The pic above is of me and my Ph.D. candidate daughter. She, not my Vette, is my pride and joy. Smile...

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I got new seat belts. Unfortunately the web stops don't match the bright red interior. And apparently the proper stops don't exist. Sad...

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5/23/14 3:26am - Reply: 'Re: C3 Interior Color Question'
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Kenosha, WI - USA

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1973 Corvette Stingray Coupe VIN 1Z37J3S418986 350 L-48 Automatic T-Tops St. Louis Assembly, 18,986th car built in 1973, Paint = 976 Mille Miglia Red, Interior = 425 Dark Red Vinyl (Ox Blood)

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Thank you very much for the information! I will investigate this weekend. So I understand, you wrapped your vinyl seats with leather covers? When I think of seat covers, I think of stuff you buy in auto stores: never quite fitting right, getting bunched up as you get in and out of the car, wear out easily. I'm assuming this is not the case with leather covers but can you explain how exactly you wrapped your seats? Are you happy with the outcome?

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