Strange Trim-Tag

Discussion in 'Color is everything!' started by Chatarina, Sep 14, 2019.

  1. Chatarina

    Chatarina Well-Known Member

    Hi! Trying to decode a 1969 GS California. This is what I have:

    TR: 118
    Build date: 04E
    PNT: SCO 2038 B

    Special Car Order or Special Color Option? V.I.N : 43279H312

    Last edited: Sep 14, 2019
  2. pbr400

    pbr400 68GS400

    Is the roof a different color (vinyl or painted)? It naight be the ‘B’. There’s several opinions on the web that the 2038 either is a non GM color or it’s a GM internal number for the SCO.
  3. Chatarina

    Chatarina Well-Known Member

    Black Vinyl. The only 2038 I found was a Ford color, Pastell Grey(Ditzler). If it is a "B" it`s Burnished Brown". A Mystery car?
  4. Duane

    Duane Member

    The number 2038 means it is the 2038th SCO (Special Car Order) built that year.

    The fact that the "SCO" is in the "Paint" area on the trim tag usually means it was a special order color, or a color that was not a recommended color for that color interior etc.
  5. gd2227

    gd2227 Platinum Level Contributor

    Duane- spring build car... probably fireglow...although it doesn’t have a Q or a dash. And when it comes to 69’s, the SCO is almost (again, almost) always in regards to special paint colors.
  6. pbr400

    pbr400 68GS400

    So it was built with a black vinyl top; you’ll need a build sheet or paperwork to get the main body color. Failing that, peel up the rocker molding or door panel and look. Fireglow is very pretty and was popular.
  7. Chatarina

    Chatarina Well-Known Member

    Ok. According to Mike Trom only 102 1969 GS California was painted with Fireglow from Flint Plant.
  8. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Buick Guru

    How are other Fire glow cars shown on the tag? Being that Fire Glow was an actual late color introduction and able to be ordered it should not be an SCO, SCO was typical reserved for colors that were not available on a model or a color from another division or even a totally made up color or from another manufacturers. Often if it was a color from outside GM it was left blank so theoretically you could paint the car any color you wanted during a restoration and it would be correct. If Fire Glow, that color was awesome.
  9. Chatarina

    Chatarina Well-Known Member

    Yes I know the Fireglow color code was Q so we can rule that out.
  10. gd2227

    gd2227 Platinum Level Contributor

    No, you can’t rule it out. Fireglow was signified with a Q, ALSO with a “dash” (-)... so, I would not rule out SCO as Fireglow.
    Interior code 118 would be a factory recommended interior for fireglow..
    Best bet, as pointed out in a post above, it to peel back the carpet, look behind the door panels, the floors, the trunk area for the original color..
  11. Chatarina

    Chatarina Well-Known Member

    The owner is informed and he will look around in the car.
  12. Chatarina

    Chatarina Well-Known Member

    So it`s possible that the car got a 1969 Ford Mustang color,Pastell Grey= #2038?
  13. Daves69

    Daves69 Too many cars too work on

    See post number 4

    What color is the car now? Look in some hidden area for signs of original paint. This would be the best indicator of what the SCO color was.
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