BASF has introduced an “Antique Colour Chip” CD-ROM which contains digital images of more than 5,700 color chips, covering US-built models from 1936 to 1972.

The CD-ROM has been developed so repairers can accurately match original factory colours for most makes and models, and includes colours for defunct brands such as AMC, Hudson, Nash, Rambler, Kaiser, Auburn, Crosley, Graham, Pierce-Arrow, Reo and Studebaker.

“We know how important authenticity is when you’re restoring or repairing a classic car,” said, BASF Automotive Refinish colour lab technical manager Paul Marshall.

“These cars are rare and often very valuable, and the owners are very particular about matching the original colour – and matching it exactly.

“That was always a challenge, but this new CD enables a paint technician to determine the proper code quickly.”

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The CD-ROM is claimed to eliminate most of the trial-and-error involved in matching colours on older vehicles and is available free from US BASF vehicle refinish distributors.