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Is this Cypress Green Metallic?
« on: 08 November 2015, 04:19 AM »
I'm looking at purchasing a 450 SEL several thousand miles away and am trying to figure out what color it is. I think it's an 876 from the photos, but the car is listed as a 1974 .. so not sure it could be. If not, any idea which it is? http://www.w116.org/tech/colors/ Thank you in advance for any help! regards, James

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Re: Is this Cypress Green Metallic?
« Reply #1 on: 08 November 2015, 05:03 AM »
looks like you re correct

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Re: Is this Cypress Green Metallic?
« Reply #2 on: 08 November 2015, 05:48 AM »
Best bet is to ask the seller for details of the options plate from under the hood. It'll tell you the original colour code.
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Re: Is this Cypress Green Metallic?
« Reply #3 on: 08 November 2015, 05:55 AM »
Thanks, I will. Just thought I'd see if anyone has one and could verify for me. Thank you!

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Re: Is this Cypress Green Metallic?
« Reply #4 on: 08 November 2015, 06:32 AM »
That is very definately NOT cypress green, not even close.  Cypress is a dark green with a hint o gold and brown. 


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Re: Is this Cypress Green Metallic?
« Reply #5 on: 08 November 2015, 06:35 AM »
Ah, ok .. wow that looks way different than the color chart at http://www.w116.org/tech/colors/ .  Anyone have a guess. (I will try to get the owner to look.) As I said, it's reported to be a '74, so it kind of limits the options.  JLM

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Re: Is this Cypress Green Metallic?
« Reply #6 on: 08 November 2015, 07:05 AM »
I'd say it is 876.  As said, just get the number from the info plate to be sure.

I like the color whatever it is!
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Re: Is this Cypress Green Metallic?
« Reply #7 on: 08 November 2015, 11:18 AM »
I see 2 big issues here..
First, it isn't at all sure this Benz has an official Benz color.
Second, the official color code sheet is as realistic as Bush's second term in office.

If S-Class is right -and I believe he is, that color code sheet isn't worth a dime. These 2 W116 paint jobs could not be further apart.
Closest thing to actual colors is Thistle Green, and that ain't it neither, be it that Thistle has the capacity to change color enormously in different light and angles.

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Re: Is this Cypress Green Metallic?
« Reply #8 on: 08 November 2015, 01:17 PM »
Having owned a cypress green W116 it definitely isn't cypress green. It may have been originally but it looks like its been repainted in a non standard colour to me. Or it could be a rare Mercedes colour. I don't remember ever seeing a W116 in that colour before.
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Re: Is this Cypress Green Metallic?
« Reply #9 on: 08 November 2015, 01:46 PM »
Second, the official color code sheet is as realistic as Bush's second term in office.

Once you have the official colour code and manufacturer from the options plate, you can actually look it all up online at the OEM vendor's site. Both are still in business and doing well.

Keep in mind that unless you're viewing the official colour chart on a perfectly calibrated display, you may get wildly varying results depending on hardware. Printed charts fade with years - same issue.
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Re: Is this Cypress Green Metallic?
« Reply #10 on: 08 November 2015, 11:18 PM »
I have seen many zypress benzes in the metal, and the photo I posted up is a fairly accurate representation.

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Re: Is this Cypress Green Metallic?
« Reply #11 on: 09 November 2015, 10:45 AM »
Hi James


The colours mentioned on this forum are true and correct in name and number (paint code) only.  The colour assigned next to each name is not the actual colour, but an approximation of the colour just to guide you quickly to the correct group of colours, i.e. that are not actual paint chips.


As your car is 1974, I got out my May 1974 paint chip brochure.  I think your car is a flat colour, specifically 860 Green.  There is a metallic green, 861 Silver green for that year, but I do not think it is this colour. 


Click on the images to enlarge them - sorry I took them in the kitchen, and the light isn't too good + shadows + flash, but you get the idea.


Hope this helps,


Gavin


Edit: I stand corrected, there is a second metallic green: Stone-pine green code 862, but as we can see, it is a very dark colour, the car in the picture is much lighter.  Incidentally, this is the forerunner to Cypress green metallic (which makes its first appearance in the Oct 1976 colour chip brochure).  And there is also a second flat green colour: Dark olive 291, but again too dark for the car in the picture.
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Re: Is this Cypress Green Metallic?
« Reply #12 on: 09 November 2015, 11:33 AM »
That's a great resource Gavin. Any chance you could scan it somewhere? That last page is quite interesting.
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Re: Is this Cypress Green Metallic?
« Reply #14 on: 09 November 2015, 03:20 PM »
More photos with better zoom: http://www.autotraderclassics.com/classic-car/1974-Mercedes_Benz-450SEL-1292153.xhtml

Not that it helped me.:P
 I'd guess it's a recently repainted silver green (861) but I think Gavin may be on the right track in saying that it could be a solid gloss rather than a metallic, which would only leave green 860, if it's an original colour at all.
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