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Best Mk 3s Colour (17 replies)

stuartb
4 years ago
stuartb 4 years ago

I have got to the stage of trying to decide whether to paint my Mk3s Bronze Yellow (its original colour) or go for complete change. At first I didn't like the

stuartb
4 years ago
stuartb 4 years ago

Thankyou for all your replies, pleased to know that I won't be shot if I don't go for Bronze Yellow (reminds me of calf poo). Glacier White is tempting I will give it some thought, Black roof or not?
Looking at the names of the colours makes you wonder who named them, what has Bedouin got to do with a colour or is it a shade of Camel.

Austin Powered
4 years ago
Austin Powered 4 years ago

[QUOTE=Peter Laidler;n167544]Do you remember that other BL monstrosity. Just post Cooper S era but it was a khaki sort of colour body with a yellowish sort of colour trim........ [/QUOTE]

Commonly known as Harvest Gold? Or dog sh*t for short! :p

I'd go with a coachbuilt colour, a Rolls colour or such with blacked out windows! 😎 Whatever you do don't paint a contrasting roof, fit a Mk2 grille or Mk2 badges to sex it up. If you want to give it 'attitude' fit Mambas!

Peter Laidler
4 years ago
Peter Laidler 4 years ago

Aqua....... Always reminds 70's mini era owners of some 850 Pandas and district nurses. The NHS purchased 1,600+ of them! Derek Brown of the old Austin Morris garage CG Browns in the Broadway at Thatcham told me that they got them at a discount as they weren't good sellers. Most of the dealers were offered a few beforehand until the NHS had them. They bought a few ex NHS ones from BC auctions but painted them in order to sell them on.

Not Cooper S's of course but Aqua...........

Peter Laidler
4 years ago
Peter Laidler 4 years ago

Oooooooo Austin Powered....... I would always take on board the words of the head auctioneer of one of the biggest auction houses in the Country who lives close by in my little village and who also has a small collection (3) of classics. He says that bog standard/factory standard cars will ALWAYS grab the attention, out shine, out bid and out sell anything that isn't. He also said something else too.

A car in an auction with a super dooper engine or souped up brakes or san-fandanglio this that and the other such as lowering tells you that the previous owner did it to and probably used it to go faster, squeal around corners slicker. And because of that, stop faster and......

I'd just paint your white Stu so that a) the next(?) owner doesn't curse you and b) people who see it don't ridicule the 70's lack of taste you have perpetuated!

Great light hearted thread...............

stuartb
4 years ago
stuartb 4 years ago

A couple more questions,

What is Teal Blue like, any pictures please, Also is Flame Red similar to Tartan Red. Thankyou Stuart

Peter Laidler
4 years ago
Peter Laidler 4 years ago

Teal blue is another nice colour. My brother had a new J registered one. It was a very rich medium to darkish blue with a very very slight tinge of green, a bit like a teal duck! - but it had that puke coloured typically naff 70's yellowish 'limeflower' trim. I mean...., what orbitory planet were they on. They must have been on something even if it wasn't the same planet as the rest of us!

Flame is nothing like tartan. The pre '70's colours were what you and I would describe as 'school crayon' colours. The basic standard or service colours. Pre 70's psycho wierdness! Flame is a sort of red with a dollop of yellow to make it a bit more orangey. The sort of orange you'd see on a record cover. Goes with mullet hair, flared strides and long collar shirts

stuartb
4 years ago
stuartb 4 years ago

Just found some pictures of Teal Blue Mini's. I like that, not keen on the Limeflower trim but I see it was also offered with Navy trim.
Plus its a later mk3s colour which my car is.

So at the moment Teal Blue is just inching ahead of Glacier White.

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