If you have an early model of the 40 Series (Special Series), you have to keep in mind that Buick changed to 1950 Buick Colors during production. In a product service bulletin Buick wrote to ist dealerships: ” It has been brought to our attention that some confusion exists when ordering paint for 1950 models by color combination number rather than by the Duco paint number. This confusion is caused by the fact that the original 1950 Series 40 models were assigned 1949 combination numbers. When the entire 1950 line was introduced, the color combination list was revised, with the result that first and after job Series 40 cars may have the same paint combination number with entirely different colors. Future trouble can be avoided by checking Series 40 serial numbers before placing orders for paint. ”
Thats why we at Hometown Buick have decided to split the 1950 Buick Color overview. One for early models of the Special Series (top of page) and the later 1950 Buick Colors for all models. Some of the exterior colors were reserved for a specific model – you find this information next to the paint color sample and also on the table at the bottom.
A few 1950 Buick Paint Colors / Combinations were discontinued during the production year. Here is what Buick published:
Approximately January 10, 1950 Color Combination #06, Allendale Green, will be cancelled and replaced by Combination #14, Geneva Green. The new green is somewhat darker than Allendale Green and has slightly greater metallic content. Dante Red wheels was optional, and will be specified by the numeral “1” immediately following the color combination number. Effective approximately September 1, the following 1950 color combinations will be discontinued 05, 17, 21. Color combination #24, Cloudmist Grey, Duco #260-55689, will supersede combination #05. Cloudmist Grey is a metallic color approximately the same shade as Sunmist Grey without the tan cast. Color combination #25, Kashmir Green, Duco #260-55688, will supersede combination #17. Kashmir Green is a metallic color somewhat lighter than Geneva Green and has a yellow cast. Both of the above new color combinations will carry the option of Dante Red wheel color. There will be no superseding two-tone green color combination. A revision has been made in the paint formula for Cumberland Grey; requiring a change in the paint combination code to allow identification for service reasons. Old Code: 02 – new Code: 15; old Code: 13 – new Code: 16
The following overview reflects the 1950 Buick Color Combinations at the beginning of the year. The new 1950 Buick Colors were added. Not all changes were adopted to this overview.