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The 187 cars that came to GB were painted in a total of 20 shades.
Of these, 17 were "production" shades, a few of which I would consider to have been obsolete (in GB at least) by the time the cars were built.
For example, four fairly early-build cars (highest VIN, 1679055) were finished in Polaris silver whereas 34 cars were finished in Lachs silver - the first GB M5 (1679001) was Lachs, so these shades were available concurrently. Lachs silver was the most-ordered colour in GB.
Someone ordered one in Luxor beige with Nutria leather (one of only two cars with this trim colour - the other was painted Bronze).....possibly a dealer, for stock, because this car had no other options.
20 cars had Special Paint. One was the "Glasurit White Paint" car referred to above while 13 cars had Blue/black metallic and 6 cars had Green/black metallic. I have posted this info before but add it here to answer Kevin B's point about "funky" paint. A number of the cars with Special Paint had VIN's in close proximity, not necessarily adjacent but it suggests they were built in batches once the factory had sufficient orders.
Small number GB standard production shades:
Platanen green - 1 car, Burgundy - 1 car, Carmine - 1 car, Cosmos blue - 1 car, Malachite green - 2 cars, Arctic blue - 2 cars, Bronze - 4 cars (Bronzitbeige, I think).
I hope this is of some interest!
Last edited by Mfiver; 6th April 2007 at 11:59 AM.