World’s Largest Citroën Colour Database Established

BASF, one of the leading colouring and paint manufacturer companies with their well-known “Glasurit” paint brand, has been involved in a more than three-year project in collaboration with CITROËN Heritage and the Conservatoire to create a unique colour database for CITROËN models.

The result is that the partnership is a database of of 1,042 different colour tones of 23 different Citroën models up until 1988, and best news of all of Citroën fans, it’s accessible as a free resource here:

Glasurit Classic Car Colors

This is the most complete colour database that has ever been created for Citroën historic vehicles.  For the DS versions alone, now 218 colours are registered.

Nevertheless, there are some colors that are still not known neither to BASF nor Citroën.  (For example, querying a pre-war Traction Avant returns nothing.)  Maybe some of our members might help aggregating more missing data?

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  1. My friend has just bought a Traction Avante from 1953. There beeds some remedial paintwork done however do not know the correct colours. It is Black and Grey. Can you assist,m

    1. After WWII the Traction Avant was offered in a few colours (some 2-tone like black and grey that you mention) and some Tractions, particularly those made in Slough, England were shipped just in primer to foreign destinations like South Africa where they were painted locally.
      Here is a link to the best website I know for Traction colours. Most likely, your friend’s car is painted in AC201 noir (black), and AC126 gris perle (grey). Both are non-metallic. If you want a close authentic match but use paint that is easier to match later on, look on the body for an area that has not been exposed to weathering (inside the trunk lid), and match that to a more common auto paint chip colour (like one from Ford).
      I hope this helps.
      George Dyke

  2. My Traction is black and grey but was resprayed, as may well yours have been, in 1990 so who knows what colours. Was originally all black.

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