The Gauloises story is widely accepted, but the shades varied over the years, even from the factory. This is from a Bugatti owner:
Marco Bertazzoni writes:
As I know there never existed a proper Bugatti blue. The blue color got in the years darker and darker. The early Lyon cars had after the common opinions a verry light blue like the Gauloises cigarette boxes, and in the following years up to T 59 they got verry dark. Interesting is, that the T 59 G cars had a twotone paint of light and dark blue.
As I restored my car (a Type 51 -Ed.) I found 3 different blue tones plus some red paint rests. The blue colors went from a light baby blue, over a blue like you can find on a Renault 8 Gordini to a nearly night blue.
I decided to paint my car in the color the Schlumpf cars have. Because after Mr. Garnier, the director of the Muse National at Mulhouse, Fritz Schlumpf took the color that the Bugatti factory used in the post-war time. It is RAL 5119.http://www.bugattipa...hunt/q-085.html
A few years ago, I asked one of our members to scan and break down an image of a vintage Gauloises pack in printer's CMYK format. C=cyan. M=magenta. Y-yellow. K-black. Here are the percentages if anyone wants to try to mix them using paint:
"I get slightly different results depending on exactly where on the pack I sample the color. Some results:
About the ony constant is 0% K, but these should get you a pretty close match. I guess if you average it out it would be 66-31-17-0."
BTW, my local smoke shop says Gauloises can't be imported any more, and the package colors have changed substantially over the years.
Anyway, I won't hijack the Ferrari subject anymore.
Edited by sjordan2, 15 December 2013 - 07:52 AM.