by Colin Date
I’m not ashamed to admit that I own a 1969 Buick Skylark. It’s not a Chevy, but then again, I’ve had more than a few folks refer to it as a Chevelle. The car is painted a beautiful shade of what I would call a “medium silver-blue.” More technically speaking, it’s known in the Buick color palette as “Crystal Blue” (code 53). I can’t tell you the number of people who swear up and down that it’s called “Marina Blue”. No, I tell them that it’s a Buick color, not a Chevrolet hue. I usually get a look that says “you don’t know your colors, man.”
At Eckler’s, we deal primarily with restoration and performance parts and accessories, so the subject of paint colors and codes doesn’t come up that often. But when it does, somehow Marina Blue always enters the conversation. It’s just one of those colors.
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