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    Paint code for 1950 Commander

    I waited anxiously for my production order to find the paint code. Now what the heck does it mean? Paint code P2291 SHEN. The car is currently pale green. I'm thinking the original was Shenendoah green, but not having much luck with my web searches.

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    Could be. You should be able to find some spot of original color; maybe under the sill plate, on the firewall, under the trunk. Perhaps clean off some undercoating. I assume the paint sticker is no longer glued to the bottom of the glove box.

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    The Studebaker code for Shenandoah Green is WVO. Paint supplier codes are 8401 for baking enamel and N0741 for air dry enamel. The P codes were for the COMBINATION of body color and wheel color. P-2291 was Shenandoah Green body and Old Ivory wheels with Apple Green pin stripes.
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    According to my paint chips, the Ditzler # is DQE-40947 paint code W-VO (DQE is Ditzler Quickest Enamel)
    Shenandoah Green

    There is also a Rio Green, paint code W-VY DQE-40979-DAL (Ditz-Lac Automotive Lacquer) which appears to be more of a pale Green.

    However, Green must have been popular! W-VC Aqua Green, DQE-40853-DAL

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    Just wondering what you needed the paint code for anyway. Are you repainting the car the same color? Most shops now can color match without a written code, right? Just wondering. Anyway, would love to see pics of another Commander...


    1950 Commander Starlight Coupe
    Regal Deluxe Trim
    Automatic transmission
    46k original miles, 4th Owner

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    Thanks for the help, all of you. I wanted to know if the paint was original--it looks too good to be true. When I had it inspected, they called it a "20 footer"--looks fantastic from 20 feet, but a nitpicker can find pits in the chrome and paint up close. Upholstery is original and not half bad. Now if I can train it to get along with summer heat at 6000ft altitude, it'll be a great driver. Dad's first car after WWII was a '50 Commander, which I loved.
    James Lovelady--Raised in a '37 Dictator, Married in a '52 Commander, Honeymooned in a '49 Champion

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    Beautiful car, sir. Love the color. Enjoy it!


    1950 Commander Starlight Coupe
    Regal Deluxe Trim
    Automatic transmission
    46k original miles, 4th Owner

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