VW 181 Facts & Figures


Paint codes

The paint code tag for VW 181s built in Mexico was a paper tag stuck on the body in front of the well near where the jack is stored.
In the table below all colours are sorted by paint code.
 
Name Paint code 
(Sales Code)
VW part no. Year(s) Note
Steppe Beige  L10F (D2)  LKL010F00 Europe '75 (at least)  with black or fitchew grey (possibly also olive?) interior and top
Canary Yellow  L11E  LKL011E00  183 2346 525 up  with black interior and top
Sunshine Yellow 
-,,-
 
-,,-
 
Thing 73, 74 
-,,-
 
Lemon Yellow  ? (D6)  Europe '75 (at least)
-,,-
 
Coral Orange  L22G  LKL022G00  187 2000 001 to 
188 2032 030
with black or fitchew grey interior and top
Salmon Red  L30F (G4)  LKL030F00  up to 186 2115 959  with black or fitchew grey interior and top
Pumpkin Orange 
-,,-
 
-,,-
 
Thing 73, 74 
-,,-
 
Flamingo Red  L35G  LKL035G00  188 2032 031 up  with black or fitchew grey interior and top
Caribbean Blue  L41G  LKL041G00  187 2000 001 to 
188 2032 030 
with black or fitchew grey interior and top
Patzcuaro Blue 
-,,-
 
-,,-
 
188 2032 031 up 
-,,-
 
Pacific Blue  L55F/G (J7)  183 2000 001 up  with black or fitchew grey interior and top
Delft Blue  L55Z  LKL055Z00  Acapulco only  colour never confirmed by VW, thought to be correct
Malinche or 
Malintzin Blue
L57G (K9)  186 2000 001 up 
(Europe '75 also?)
with black or grey interior and top
Ivy Green  L60F  LKL060F00  up to 185 2248 015  known in France as Vert Lierre (M6) 
with black or fitchew grey interior and top
Avocado Green
-,,-
 
-,,-
 
Thing 74 
-,,-
 
Tepetl Green  L67G (M9) LKL067G00  186 2000 001 up 
(Europe '75 also?) 
with black or fitchew grey interior and top
Cream White L90C  LKL090H00  183 2000 001 up  with black or fitchew grey interior and top 
-,,-
 
-,,-
 
-,,-
 
Acapulco  with blue/white striped interior and top 
Blizzard White
-,,-
 
-,,-
 
Thing 73, 74  with black interior and top 
Toga White  L90H  LKL090H00 up to 182 2000 001 with black or fitchew grey interior and top
Chrome  L91  up to 182 3200 000  wheel colour 
Aluminium Grey  L97U  183 2000 000 up  wheel colour 
Olive Green  L319 (N3)  LKL319000  all  with olive green interior and top 
military spec. vehicles (M63) also with olive wheels (M165)
Green  L510  LKL510000  used on German border guard VW 181s (M142)
Grey/Black  LD43  all  interior trim: seat frames, gearshift, handbrake, steering column 

VW Mexico lists a total of 19 different colour names for production 1972-1980. With duplicates eliminated, total is 11 different colours.

Source: French sales brochure on the Volkswagen 181 Home Page - Belgium; Ken Crimmins (things-digest V1 #373); Ian David Harrison (e-mail of 97-05-02); Bob Miller (VW Thing mailing list digest 9.23.96 and e-mail 98-05-06, 98-06-07); Mike Woodhouse (e-mail 19-02-1999).



 
For details about the German Army camouflage scheme for the VW 181, follow this link.


Links

The formula for VW colour code L319 Olive Green (Olivgrün matt) is available from GLASURIT's paintline 22 and 81 - see their online database.


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