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« on: December 28, 2012, 23:03:35 pm »

In my opinion, one of the best cars in VW history, both as a street car and as a race car.

I found the thread in Pure Racing (http://cal-look.no/lounge/index.php/topic,6974.0.html) with Speedwell's scan of the '70's Hot VWs feature, but I can't find out much about the colour. The feature lists it as Ford Fleet Blue, but I can;t find out what Ford Fleet Blue actually is! It's been suggested that it might be a commercial colour but can anyone confirm it? Huh

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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2012, 01:38:17 am »

I just saw Kris' car two weeks ago in Japan. Since I took those original photos back in 1977ish, I believe this car was completely repainted, along with the additional Miracle Design graphics. Color is a now a solid bright blue, and not a metallic. I do recall the Ford Fleet color used before, which might be the same? It is just the reproduction of our magazine back in '77 was edgey, so the color you see here, is not exactly correct. There will be some current photos of Kris' car in the March issue of Hot VWs.....
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2012, 02:47:40 am »

I loved that car's incarnation in 1985, as a full-on race car.  One of my favorite race cars ever, no question.
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2012, 10:11:54 am »

I just saw Kris' car two weeks ago in Japan. Since I took those original photos back in 1977ish, I believe this car was completely repainted, along with the additional Miracle Design graphics. Color is a now a solid bright blue, and not a metallic. I do recall the Ford Fleet color used before, which might be the same? It is just the reproduction of our magazine back in '77 was edgey, so the color you see here, is not exactly correct. There will be some current photos of Kris' car in the March issue of Hot VWs.....

Thanks Deano, I did wonder if the photos showed the correct colour! The picture below that Shubee posted seems pretty close though. It's a much more "mellow" colour than the blue that it became later, if that makes sense? Was it a metallic in its first incarnation then?

I did find a website with a list of Ford Fleet colours, but there are quie a few... http://paintref.com/cgi-bin/colorcodedisplay.cgi?manuf=Ford&model=Fleet&year=1971&page=7&rows=50
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2012, 10:55:35 am »

any picture inside Kris Bug?
also engine room?

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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2012, 11:08:35 am »

http://cal-look.no/lounge/index.php/topic,6974.0.html

I have my signed '85 issue hanging on the wall in my living room!
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2012, 11:10:06 am »

I just saw Kris' car two weeks ago in Japan. Since I took those original photos back in 1977ish, I believe this car was completely repainted, along with the additional Miracle Design graphics. Color is a now a solid bright blue, and not a metallic. I do recall the Ford Fleet color used before, which might be the same? It is just the reproduction of our magazine back in '77 was edgey, so the color you see here, is not exactly correct. There will be some current photos of Kris' car in the March issue of Hot VWs.....
cool Dean more picture from bee-haus collection ??

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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2012, 20:36:00 pm »

Yes, I we saw the Bee Haus collection in Japan, which is where these photos were taken a few years back (above). I had forgotten that Hot VWs redid Kris' car once it was repainted by Phil Whetstone. Brighter blue than before...
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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2012, 20:59:11 pm »

there're 2 report 1 in 77 and in race car in 85 if i remember well
 
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« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2012, 22:39:39 pm »

Yup, made the cover in Sept. '85... between that car and the California Caravan story, one of my fave issues...
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« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2012, 01:15:43 am »

this is a bug I owned that was a ford blue. I had some engine parts painted safety blue and it matched the body paint perfectly.

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« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2012, 20:03:39 pm »

car before the graphics
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« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2013, 23:34:00 pm »

this is a bug I owned that was a ford blue. I had some engine parts painted safety blue and it matched the body paint perfectly.


Greg, that looks close! I'm going to try to get hold of some Safety Blue and see what it turns out like!

car before the graphics

Ooh! I don't think I've seen that one before! The colour seems to change depending on the light conditions the phot was taken in, amongst other things!
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« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2013, 01:25:34 am »

I just saw Kris' car two weeks ago in Japan. Since I took those original photos back in 1977ish, I believe this car was completely repainted, along with the additional Miracle Design graphics. Color is a now a solid bright blue, and not a metallic. I do recall the Ford Fleet color used before, which might be the same? It is just the reproduction of our magazine back in '77 was edgey, so the color you see here, is not exactly correct. There will be some current photos of Kris' car in the March issue of Hot VWs.....

Thanks Deano, I did wonder if the photos showed the correct colour! The picture below that Shubee posted seems pretty close though. It's a much more "mellow" colour than the blue that it became later, if that makes sense? Was it a metallic in its first incarnation then?

I did find a website with a list of Ford Fleet colours, but there are quie a few... http://paintref.com/cgi-bin/colorcodedisplay.cgi?manuf=Ford&model=Fleet&year=1971&page=7&rows=50
I don't recall Kris' car ever being metallic blue, even back in 72' when we were both running 16's with our 1600 zenith/holley mtrs.
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« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2013, 01:37:03 am »

another view
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« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2013, 19:40:42 pm »

what a legendary car!!!!! the things Kris did with the small motors he ran was amazing.... his performances and Mike Smith burn outs will forever be burned in my memory :-)
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