If you are a fan of modern day-day Dodge Chargers and Challengers, then you possibly enjoy how Dodge has dug into its bin of background and presented a pick quantity of hues from the previous: Plum Crazy, Go Mango, Hemi Orange, Sublime, Green Go, B5 Blue and F8 Green. Most have puny names that might elicit a guffaw or snicker, but the latter two seem awkward — what’s the deal?
It all has to do with the way Chrysler Corporation coded colours starting up in 1969. Prior to the 1969 model yr, Chrysler had a distinct methodology to signify a car’s assembly-line develop employing a broadcast sheet (aka “build sheet”) and fender tag (aka “data plate”) starting in 1969, Chrysler started out employing a diverse coding program that in most instances utilized 3 characters employing letters and numbers. To a layperson, this program is considerably less difficult to realize.
2023 Dodge Charger and Challenger in F8 Green
For instance, V-codes indicate a series of stripes and/or trim that normally involve shade. V6W is a longitudinal decal (six) in white (W), like the “C-stripe” stripe on a 1970 Dodge Super Bee. V7X is a painted longitudinal stripe (seven) in black (X), which would be dual accent stripes for a 1970 Plymouth Sport Satellite. V8B would be a bumblebee decal (eight) in blue (B) for a 1970 Dodge Super Bee. V9F would be a painted bumblebee stripe (9) in yellow (Y) for a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T.
Dodge Challenger and Charger V-code explainer table
Note how they are grouped by place (longitudinal or rear) and materials (decal or paint). And when it comes to colours, you can see X is black, W is white, B is blue, Y is yellow (or gold). There are other shade codes, this kind of as A for silver, F for green, K for orange, E for red, J for brilliant green, T for tan, L for beige and Q for turquoise, amongst other folks.
1970 Challenger R/T in EB5 and 1970 ‘Cuda in FE5
Now that you realize shade codes, what about the numbers in B5 and F8? They signify the lightness or darkness of a distinct shade, with 9 becoming dark and one becoming light. Being aware of what you know now, you can infer that B5 is a medium blue, whilst F8 is a dark green. In 1970, there also was a lighter B3 and darker B7, as nicely as a lighter F4.
Prepared for me to complicate issues a bit? Probably you have observed colours with 3 characters — for instance, for the 1970 model yr, Chrysler extra an additional character in front of shade codes. What previously was B5 or F8 was now acknowledged as EB5 or EF8. What did that E stand for? The yr the shade was launched. E stood for 1969, F was 1970 and G was 1971. It is really worth noting that the B5 formula was adjusted somewhat for 1971 and, consequently, the medium blue starting up then was coded GB5 and, in 1974, KB5. Older colours like L1 (beige) grew to become BL1, with the B signifying 1966 as its origin yr Y3 (cream) grew to become DY3 to signify a 1968 debut.
1969 Plymouth GTX in F8
So, last but not least, what’s so specific about B5 and F8 for Dodge to single them out by code rather than identify? B5 was Vivid Blue (Dodge) or Blue Fire (Plymouth) and a extremely well-liked shade. F8 was Dark Green or Ivy Green, respectively, and also was very well-liked. Collectors of traditional Mopars typically refer to specified colours by their codes, so Dodge’s advertising and marketing division seized on that cultural stage for the modern day era. Each colours haven’t aged a bit and search fantastic on late-model Mopars, but now you know from in which people weird shade names came.
This post, written by Diego Rosenberg, was initially published on ClassicCars.com, an editorial companion of Motor Authority.