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1979 Ford Thunderbird
Exterior Paint Colors

Image: 1979 Ford Thunderbird

Above: 1979 Ford Thunderbird shown with T-Roof Convertible and Tu-Tone Paint options. The upper body color is Pastel Chamois (paint code 5P) which is contrasted by the darker lower body shade of Light Chamois (code 83). The optional vinyl roof, matching vinyl insert bodyside moldings, and accent paint stripes are also Chamois.

TU-TONE PAINT TREATMENT COMBINATIONS

Upper Color
Lower Accent Colors
(Mouse over colors for paint codes and names)

Polar White
Dove Grey - Dark Red - Red Glow - Midnight Blue Metallic - Dark Jade Metallic
Chamois Glow - Burnt Orange Glow - Dark Cordovan Metallic
9D - Polar White 9D - Polar White 9D - Polar White 9D - Polar White 9D - Polar White
1N - Dove Grey Image: 2M - Dark Red Image: 2H - Red Glow Image: 3L - Midnight Blue Metallic 46 - Dark Jade Metallic
8W - Chamois Glow Image: 5N - Burnt Orange Glow Image: 8N - Dark Cordovan Metallic

Silver Metallic
Black - Dark Red - Red Glow - Midnight Blue Metallic - Dark Cordovan Metallic
1G - Silver Metallic 1G - Silver Metallic 1G - Silver Metallic 1G - Silver Metallic 1G - Silver Metallic
Image: 1C - Black Image: 2M - Dark Red Image: 2H - Red Glow Image: 3L - Midnight Blue Metallic Image: 8N - Dark Cordovan Metallic

Dove Grey
Black - Dark Red - Midnight Blue Metallic
Image: 1N - Dove Grey Image: 1N - Dove Grey Image: 1N - Dove Grey
Image: 1C - Black Image: 2M - Dark Red Image: 3L - Midnight Blue Metallic

Light Medium Blue
Midnight Blue Metallic
Image: 3F - Light Medium Blue
Image: 3L - Midnight Blue Metallic

Pastel Chamois
Light Chamois - Dark Red - Dark Cordovan Metallic
Image: 5P - Pastel Chamois Image: 5P - Pastel Chamois Image: 5P - Pastel Chamois
Image: 83 - Light Chamois Image: 2M - Dark Red Image: 8N - Dark Cordovan Metallic

Dark Cordovan Metallic
Black
Image: 8N - Dark Cordovan Metallic
1C - Black

Light Chamois
Chamois Glow - Burnt Orange Glow
Image: 83 - Light Chamois Image: 83 - Light Chamois
Image: 8W - Chamois Glow Image: 5N - Burnt Orange Glow

Medium Blue Glow
Midnight Blue Metallic
Image: 3H - Medium Blue Glow
Image: 3L - Midnight Blue Metallic

Light Jade Glow
Dark Jade Metallic
7L - Light Jade Glow
46 - Dark Jade Metallic

Notes:

On cars with two tone color combinations, the first two digits indicate the lower paint color; the second two digits indicate the top color.

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EXTERIOR PAINT COLORS

COLOR SAMPLE/FORD CODE - NAME (DITZLER CODE)

Image: 1C - Black 1C - Black (9000, 9300)
Image: 1G - Silver Metallic 1G - Silver Metallic (2593)
Image: 1N - Dove Grey 1N - Dove Gray (2847)
Image: 12 - Light Gray 12 - Light Gray (3295)
Image: 2H - Red Glow 2H - Red Glow* (3168)
Image: 2J - Maroon 2J - Maroon++ (3175)
Image: 2M - Dark Red 2M - Dark Red (2609)
Image: 3F - Light Medium Blue 3F - Light Medium Blue (3170)
Image: 3H - Medium Blue Glow 3H - Medium Blue Glow* (3184)
Image: 3L - Midnight Blue Metallic 3L - Midnight Blue Metallic (3171)
Image: 46 - Dark Jade Metallic 46 - Dark Jade Metallic (2725)
Image: 5N - Burnt Orange Glow 5N - Burnt Orange Glow* (3173)
Image: 5P - Pastel Chamois 5P - Pastel Chamois (3167)
Image: 7L - Light Jade Glow 7L - Light Jade Glow* (2911)
Image: 8N - Dark Cordovan Metallic 8N - Dark Cordovan Metallic (2920)
Image: 8W - Chamois Glow 8W - Chamois Glow* (2923)
Image: 83 - Light Chamois 83 - Light Chamois (3057)
Image: 9D - Polar White 9D - Polar White (2684)

*Glow colors available at extra cost

++Available only on Thunderbird Heritage

See Sports Decor Group color combinations, listed below

ACCENT PAINT STRIPES

FORD CODE - FORD REFERENCE NUMBER - COLOR (DITZLER CODE)

1 - 52A - Black (9000)
2 - 53W - White (8378)
3 - F3D - Bright Red (2830)
4 - C2P - Silver Metallic (32520)
5 - Dark Blue++ (Tape Stripe)
6 - --R - Dark Jade (45170)
7 - 91C - Light Chamois (82314)
8 - 27F - Dark Cordovan (72251)
9 - Gold++ (Tape Stripe)
-- - H6B - Medium Blue (13249)
-- - 84G - Gold Metallic (81608)
-- - --R - Light Jade (2840)

TOWN LANDAU MODELS ONLY

1 - 84G - Gold Metallic (81608)
2 - Brown
3 - Red

Image: 1979 Ford Thunderbird Town Landau

Above: 1979 Ford Thunderbird Town Landau shown in Midnight Blue Metallic paint (code 3L) with Gold Metallic Accent Paint Stripes (Ford code 84G). (Click image to view larger version in new window.)

SPORTS DECOR GROUP

TOP LINE: COLOR SAMPLES
SECOND LINE: BODY COLOR - ACCENT COLOR
BOTTOM LINE: INTERIOR TRIM COLOR


1C - Black Chamois
Black (1C) - Chamois Accents
Chamois Trim

Image: 9D - Polar White Chamois
Polar White (9D) - Chamois Accents
Chamois or White Trim

Image: 3L - Midnight Blue Metallic Chamois
Midnight Blue Metallic (3L) - Chamois Accents
Chamois Trim

Image: 8N - Dark Cordovan Metallic Chamois
Dark Cordovan Metallic (8N) - Chamois Accents
Chamois or Cordovan Trim

Image: 46 - Dark Jade Metallic Chamois
Dark Jade Metallic (46) - Chamois Accents
Chamois or Jade Trim

Image: 5N - Burnt Orange Glow Chamois
Burnt Orange Glow (5N) - Chamois Accents
Chamois or White Trim

Sports Decor Group Wheel Color
Chamois Tan (24609)

Vertical Grille Bars
Flat Black (9381)

Black Accents were not officially offered on 1979 models equipped with the Sports Decor Group, however several documented examples do exist. All of the cars were Polar White, except for one that was Pastel Chamois, and one that was Dove Grey. It is possible they were built using leftover stock.


GLASS MOONROOF TINT OPTION

FORD CODE - COLOR (DITZLER CODE)
5299-A - Silver (2593)
5431-H - Brown (24285)
6415-H - Rose (51006)
5420-A - Gold (24431)
5447-H - Jade (45312)

Image: 1979 Ford Thunderbird Moonroof

Above: View looking up from inside a Heritage model—Power Moonroof option with Rose-colored tinted glass panel that lets interior occupants see out, but blocks much of the sun's glare. Control between sun visors on right side of picture opens and closes panel, and an additional sun shade panel is provided to completely block exterior light if desired.

The sun shade is covered with material to match the interior headliner. The sun shade panel can be manually opened or closed by hand, but it opens automatically if closed when the Moonroof is opened, and remains in the open position when the glass panel is closed.

The Moonroof was a $691 option on the 1979 Thunderbird, and about 8 percent of the cars built were equipped with this feature. A factory sunroof was first offered on the Thunderbird in 1960, and was manually operated. A power sunroof became available in 1969, and the glass panel design was added in 1974. In addition to the Power Moonroof, a T-Roof Convertible option was offered in 1978, with tinted removable glass panels over the front seat area.

WHEEL PAINT

Styled Road Wheels (Argent—DDL/DQE 8568)
Cast Aluminum Wheels (Except Town Landau and Heritage Silver—32520)
Cast Aluminum Wheels (Town Landau Gold—81608; Town Landau Red—71243)
Cast Aluminum Wheels (Heritage Maroon—15218; Heritage Blue—15219)
(See Sports Decor Group section in right column for wheel color)


EXTERIOR VINYL PAINT COLORS

TRIM CODE COLOR UCV No. ALPHA CODE
A Black 120 JASA
B Medium Blue 2-679 --
D Dark Red* 2-493 --
F Dark Cordovan 2-499 --
P Silver 2-366 SPLC
Q Midnight Blue* 2-681 --
R Dark Jade 2-402 CRPS
S Dove Grey 2-462 EPMA
T Chamois 2-505 ETTC
V Light Cream 2-691 --
W White 2-401 ZWFA
2++ Light Blue++ 2-683 --
9++ Maroon++ 2-690 --

*Metallic paint
++Heritage only