So I’m watching last night’s episode of Graveyard Carz (Season 11, Episode 10, Just The Way You Are) in which they are restoring a 1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda Convertible and the car’s color really stood out to me.
Now they’ve had a lot of Mopar cars on there done in the Plum Crazy color and I’ve seriously given thought to that color for the Żuczeck restoration since it a readily available color and I’ve seen solid, pearl, and metallic versions of it on various sites.
Now during this episode they kept referring to the color as In Violet and not Plum Crazy implying they are 2 different colors.
Some research online seems to show that the color code is FC7 and the Plymouth name is In Violet but the Dodge name is Plum Crazy and are part of what is called the “High-Impact/Performance” color palettes.
So. Same color after all.
I typically loathe when marketing people get their hands on something and butcher simplicity so of course the Dodge side would call it something different. (More info.)
At least I learn trivial Mopar info from this show.
Anyway, I really do love this color and think it could be the purple I’ve been looking for.
The great thing about the his episode of Graveyard Carz was getting to see the color throughout various stages of the restoration. There were so many shots of the car frame from different angles, as well as against other colors and some trim parts that really help to show what it looks like.
Now from what I’ve read, this color was only available in 70 and 71 but is not part of Dodge’s modern Heritage Color Collection options.
One of my main requirements for future color is that it be readily available and not a custom color in the sense I want to be able to have it and maintain the paint due to scratches for years to come after it is finished. A custom mix would severely limit that, or at least be far more expensive both initially and throughout the maintenance of the surfaces as the car ages.
I definitely love how this color flops along the curves on the ‘Cuda body.
Now with most paints, there’s usually quite a variation depending on natural light or shop light. While they did not show this painted car outside, there were enough angles and shots that help to show some of the variations.
My other half doesn’t think it would work well on a Beetle body, but I’m not so sure about that. I think it could.
Now the accent color I’ve been thinking is a darker gray than the louvers (above pic) as I think darker gray is better than lighter gray for purple.
Black of course will be a major interior color, at least in this stage of my planning. And black pretty much goes with everything.
It appears that Plum Crazy was offered on 2019 Dodge Chargers and Challengers, so I’m wondering if I can find any of those cars on local Dodge dealer lots to really go look at how the color holds up outside in natural light.