Volvo Owners Club Logo

VOC Home  |  FAQ Home

Volvo Paint Codes

Volvo Paint Codes PDF

[Ted Yaffo] Below is an list and explanation of every Volvo paint code ever used and how to read them.

The paint colour code identifies the original paint color of the body. The code is found on the vehicle identification plate usually located under the bonnet. The same colour code was used on different Volvo models. For example the dark blue code 96 was used on the Volvo 120 and 140 Series. Of course both are exactly the same colour. Also note that particular colour codes may have more than one colour name for marketing purposes.

Some cars will have -1, -2 or -3 in the paint code, such as 100-1. The -1, -2, -3 refer to a different shade of the colour. -1 being a lighter shade and -3 being a darker shade.

Volvo originally used a 140° Enamel paint, mostly Glasurit or Herberts.

For the repair-market there was an 80° Enamel air-drying paint available.

Volvo's paint codes were changed from December 1988. Both solvent and water based paints are now used on cars. In order to easily identity extra digits have been introduced which indicate if the paint is solvent or water based or has another quality

Exmple: 850 has the paint code 189-21. The first three digits (189 in this case) is for Volvo's colour code 189 Polar White

The fourth digit stands for:
1 = BASF (Glasurit)
2 = Herberts (STANDOX)
3 = Beckers
4 = IDAC/Dupont
5 = Sikkens
6, 7, and 9 = not used
8 = IVI
The fifth digit stands for:
1 = solvent based
2 = water based Metallic/Pearl + Varnish
3 = water based Solid + Varnish
4 = solvent based Solid + Varnish
5 = solvent based Pearl shine + Varnish*
6 = water based Solid/Metallic/Pearl + 2 component Varnish
7 = water based Solid/Metallic/Pearl + powder Varnish
8, 9 = not used

*Because of the transparent pearl coat this concept includes a solid colour which is applied under the pearl coat

Paint Code Table:

Code Colour Models Used On
19 Black - (Same as 019?) PV444/544. Amazon 1962-67. 1800 1964 1967-69
20 Pearl grey ---
21 Metallic red/Wine red ---
31 Midnight blue ---
33 Riviera blue ---
42 California white/Cascade White/Ivory Amazon 1962. 1800 1969-73. 140
43 Red + Grey beige ---
44 Grey beige ---
45 Midnight blue + Grey beige ---
46 Red Amazon 1962-70. 1800 1963-73. 140.PV544
48 Golden beige ---
49 Black + Grey beige ---
50 Grey beige + Black ---
51 Grey beige + Red ---
54 Grey beige + Midnight blue ---
56 Olive green ---
61 Green/Serpenta ---
62 Taxi yellow ---
63 Signal yellow/Kinaro ---
64 Hayanna brown ---
65 Grey beige Amazon 1962
66 White/Ivory ---
67 Slate blue Amazon 1962.PV544
68 Olive green ---
69 White 1800 1961-62
70 Red 1800 1961-62
71 Dark gray 1800 1961-62
72 Fawn/Fawn brown Amazon 1962.PV544
73 Mist green Amazon 1962.PV544
74 Orange ---
79 Pearl white Amazon 1963-70. 1800 1963-68
80 Graphite gray Amazon 1963-66. 1800 1963-66
84 Desert sand/Golden yellow Amazon 1963-65
85 Blue-green Amazon 1964
89 Light blue/Horizon blue Amazon 1965-66. 1800 1965-66
90 Dark blue Amazon 1965-66
91 Light green Amazon 1966-67. 1800 1966-68
94 Dark green Amazon 1967-70. 1800 1967-71
95 Light blue Amazon 1967-68. 1800 1967-68
96 Pacific blue Amazon 1967-70. 140
97 Yellow Amazon 1968-69. 1800 1969
98 Grey/Pearl gray Amazon 1969-70. 1800 1968-69
99 Medium blue 1800 1969-70
19 Black Stone 340.360.240.260.740.760.960.850.C70.S80.S60.V70.S70.XC70.XC90.V50
96 Dark Blue 240.76
100 Yellow/Safari yellow 1800 1970-71
101 Grey ---
102 Blue metallic/Steel blue metallic Amazon 123GT 1967. 1800 1970-71
103 Burgundy/Maroon/Wine red ---
104 Turquoise/Blue metallic 1800 1971
105 Gold Metallic 1800 1971-72. 140
107 Sun yellow 1800 1972-73. 140
108 Sapphire blue 1800 1972-73. 140
109 Ocean blue/Ocean green 140
110 Cypress green 1800 1972-73. 140
111 Alpine blue metallic/Light blue metallic 1800 1972-73. 140
112 Taxi-rail 1016 ---
113-1 Orange 1800 1973. 140
113-2 Orange 140
114 Dark blue 140
115-1 Sea green 1800 1973. 140
116-1 Yellow 140
117-1 Caribbean red/Dark red 140
118 Light green ---
119 Sahara beige/Beige metallic ---
120 Andes copper metallic/orange metallic ---
121 Aleutian blue/Medium blue ---
122 Mojave beige/Beige ---
123 Shenandoah green/Medium green ---
124 Volvo blue ---
125 Cimarron brown/Red brown/Brown ---
126 Champlain blue metallic/Dark blue metallic ---
127 Tahoe green metallic/Light green metallic ---
128 Carlsbad yellow/Mid yellow/Medium yellow ---
129 Cherokee red/Red ---
130 Silver metallic 240.260.740.760.940.960.850
132 Marine blue/Dark blue ---
133 Dark green ---
134 Glacier blue metallic 760
135 Coronado gold metallic ---
136 Kingsmire green metallic ---
137 Artesia beige/Mist gray ---
138 Castlewood brown/dark brown ---
139 Scotia blue/Mist blue/Light blue 345.240.260
140 Lexington green/Mist green ---
141 Richelieu red/Wine red 240.26
142 Vernon green/Deep green 240
143 Dark orange ---
144 Woodside tan metallic/Brown metallic ---
145 Light wheat ---
146 Cameo brown/Beige brown ---
147 Cypress green metallic/Light green metallic ---
148 Seneca red metallic/Wine red metallic ---
151 Onyx Metallic/Brown metallic/Black metallic 760.24
152 Light yellow 240
153 Red brown burgundy ---
154 Inferno red ---
155 Signal red 340.94
156 Signal Green/Racing green ---
166 White ---
168 Blue metallic ---
169 Green metallic ---
170 Lorna gold metallic ---
171 Orange rally ---
172 Beige/Rose beige 760.24
173 Red 240.260.760
175 Redwood metallic 240.260.760
177 Graphite metallic 240.260.760.960
178 Green metallic/Silver green metallic 240.260.760
182 Medium dark green ---
183 Blue grey metallic 360.34
184 Silver grey metallic 360.340.345
186 Dark red metallic 360.34
187 Anthracite metallic 360.34
189 White / Polar White 240.260.740.760.960.850.C70.S80.S60.S70.V70.XC70.XC90.S/V90
190 Yellow 240.76
192 Light blue 240.26
194 Blue metallic 240
195 Blue gray 340.345
196 Beige ---
197 Black metallic 760
198 Wine red 340.345
199 White 340.345.360
200 Blue metallic 240.260.760
201 Beige/Dark beige 240.26
202 Dark brown 240.26
204 Dark blue 240.26
205 Brown metallic 760.240.260
206 Dark beige 340
207 Dark blue 340
208 Dark green / Onyx metallic 360.340.345
209 Light beige metallic 360.34
210 Blue metallic ---
211 Red/Deep red/Bordeaux red 240.260.760
212 Grey 240.26
213 Mid blue 240.260.760
214 Dark grey metallic 240.740.760.850.940.960
215 Blue 240.260.760
216 Beige 345
217 Red 345.360.340
218 Arctic blue metallic 360.345
219 Ocean blue metallic/Blue gray metallic 360.34
220 Gold metallic 360.345
221 Red metallic 360.345.340
222 Dark green ---
226 Light green 340
227 Slate blue 340.36
228 Dark gray 340.36
229 Dark red ---
230 Dark blue ---
231 Bright red 340.36
232 Scarab/Petrol blue 340.36
233 Tico blue ---
234 Super white 480
235 Red 480
237 Indigo Blue S40.V40
238 Wine red S40.V40
239 White satin S40.V40
240 Forest Green S40.V40
241 Flame red S40.V40
243 Dark Blue S40.V40
249 White S40.V40
250 Red S40.V40
302 Light green metallic 340.36
303 Pearl silver metallic ---
304 Graphite gray metallic 360.34
305 Black metallic 360.340. 480
306 Smoke silver metallic 360.34
307 Light blue metallic ---
308 Beige metallic 340.36
309 Aubergine metallic ---
310 Beige Metallic ---
311 Lavender metallic ---
312 Peppermint metallic 340.36
313 Champagne gold metallic 340.36
314 Peacock green metallic 480
315 Hortensia metallic ---
316 Taupe brown mica ---
317 Piu blue metallic ---
318 Paris blue metallic 480
319 Steel gray metallic 440.460.S40.V40.480
321 Dark green metallic 480
322 Red / Burgundy pearl metallic S40.V40
323 Storm grey metallic 440/460ES from Jan 1996
324 Silver Dawn metallic S40.V40
325 Pacific Blue metallic S40.V40
326 Olive Green metallic S40.V40. 440/460ES
327 Violet metallic S40.V40. 440/460ES from Jan 1996
329 Pure Silver metallic S40.V40
332 Black metallic S40.V40
343 Atlantic Blue metallic S40.V40
346 Black Sapphire metallic S40.V40
347 Titanium Gery metallic S40.V40
348 Bamboo Green metallic S40.V40
350 Peacock green metallic + Smoke silver metallic ---
351 Maya Gold metallic S40.V40
352 Silver Green metallic S40.V40
353 Cherry Red metallic S40.V40
354 Virtual Blue metallic S40.V40
400 Beige metallic/Gold metallic 240.740.760.960
401 Light brown ---
402 Blue green metallic 240.76
403 Silver green metallic 240.76
404 Light blue metallic 240.76
405 Silver metallic S90.V90
406 Dark blue 240.740.760.960.850
407 Blue pearl ---
408 Red pearl ---
409 Wine red 240.740.760.960
410 Light blue metallic 240.76
411 Light taupe/Beige/Gold metallic 850.96
412 Verdigris / Tropic Green metallic 240.740.940.960.850.V70.S70.S80
414 Ruby red 960.85
415 Fjord blue 850
416 Light teal / Onyx Green metallic 850.96
417 Pacific /Nautic / Dark blue pearl 960.940.850.C70.S80.S60.S70.V70.XC70.XC90
418 Pearl red/Regent red metallic 850
419 Pewster silver / Silver sand metallic 850
420 Amethyst /Aubergine pearl metallic 850
421 Emerald green metallic / Dark Olive pearl 850.V70.S70.C70.S80.S90.V90
422 Turquoise pearl 850.V70.S70.C70
423 Autumn Gold Pearl metallic 850
425 Champagne metallic 850.C70
426 Mystic silver metallic 850.C70.S80.S60.S70.V70.XC70.XC90.V50
427 Graphite gray metallic 850.V70.S70.C70.S80.S60
428 Coral Red metallic 850.V70.S70.C70.S80
430 Sandstone Pearl ---
431 Aqua blue metallic 850.V70.S70
433 Blackberry metallic ---
435 Saffron metallic / pearl V70.S70.C70
436 Cassis metallic C70.S80
437 Sandstone metallic V70.S70.C70
440 Limestone pearl C70
442 Java pearl S80
443 Moondust metallic C70.S80.V70.S80.S70
444 Polarctic pearl S80.S60.V70.XC70
445 Venetian Red pearl V70.S60
446 Ash Gold pearl C70.S80.S60.V70.XC70.XC90
447 Scarab Green pearl C70.S80.S60.V70.XC70.XC90
449 Mistral Green metallic S80.S60.V70.XC70.V50
450 Cosmos Blue metallic S80.S60.V70
451 Maya Yellow pearl C70.S60
452 Black Sapphire metallic C70.S80.S60.V70.XC70.XC90.V50
454 Ruby Red pearl C70.S80.S60.V70.XC70.XC90.V50
455 Titanium Grey pearl C70.S80.S60.V70.V50
456 Crystal Green pearl XC90
459 Dawn Blue peral V50
462 Flint Grey metallic V50
463 Blackcurrant pearl V50
464 Safari Green pearl V50
485 Ocean Blue V70 XC Oceanrace Limited Edition
526 Light yellow/Kinaro ---
527 Green ---
528 Light blue ---
600 White 760
601 Classic / Signal Red 240.740.760.960.850.V70.S70.C70.S60
602 Wine red 240.76
603 Ivory 240.76
604 Midnight blue 240.740.760.940.960.850.S80.S60.V70.S70
605 Atlantic blue 240.740.760.940
606 Classic green 850
607 Cream Yellow 850 T5-R
609 Bright Red 850
612 Passion Red C70.S60.V70.V50
613 Deep Blue V50
614 Ice White V50
616 Dark Lilac V50
930 --- 850
931 --- 850
932 --- 850

Home | Legal | Contact Us | Members | Join VOC | Search | Site Map

Volvo Owners Club Limited® 1962-2015