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Is it me, or is the modern Plum Crazy a lighter shade than the original? I was looking at the newer Plum Crazy Challenger while at the dealership today and it almost looks like it's closer to the Testors' Purplicous than the Model Master Plum Crazy. I'm I seeing things or is that the case?

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I think you've gone plumb crazy! :lol::P:D

More like curiousity, My kid sister is looking to trade her 3.5l '06 Charger SE on a new Challenger R/T Classic in either Plum Crazy or Header Orange. The salesman that sold me my 200 Touring a couple years back took her out in the Plum Crazy SRT-8 off the lot for a test drive, then encouraged her to unleash it :P

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I think from what I have seen paint now has more metal flake in it. I was looking at the cars on the lot at the Chrysler dealership while getting my car serviced..

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I'll have to see one in better light, especially if Bob can find her one of the remaining Plum Crazy cars still in inventory (apparently the color is no more.) We got to the dealer late enough that the light was both very harsh and low in the sky and made the color hard to tell until the sun went down.........and the dark didn't help that any either..........

BTW, here's the SRT-8 she drove parked next to her Charger.

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Edited by Joe Handley

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I would love to have a Challenger. That is a great looking car...

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I was giving her a bad time about it, both on now having to own a car that's quicker than her big brother's (the 200's with the Pentastar are good for 6 something 0-60 runs and mid 14 second in the quarter.............stock) and that she will probably have to find herself another Cherokee for a winter beater........mine will be in use already :P

Edited by Joe Handley

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Lol, I just noticed I caught my 200 and Dad's Town and Country on the far top left of the shot!

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Wonder if what you are seeing is the color variations between between solvent base single stage and the newer waterborne clear coat formula. Not to mention the original formulation probably had a bit of lead in it. Many of the newer metallic bits in today's paints were not even around when the original Plum Crazy Purple was new, they do reflect light differently.

Another thought might be that the new cars are tributes to their originals, so they didn't adhere to the original color formulas but made it to look like the original Plum Crazy Purple.

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Honestly Skip, I was wondering those same things as I started this thread. Oh, she called our insurance agent and found out that it's only going to cost her $532 every 6 months to insure that car, I was expecting more than that and it's less than $200/yr more than the Charger is!

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Well, assuming the 71 Challenger in this video is painted accurately, there doesn't appear to be much difference but the new paint does have a different color flake in it and gives of a different "glow" in bright light.

http://youtu.be/uG8QDGrtKEQ

Edited by Brett Barrow

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The two colors (old & new) are completely different. The new color is more vibrant and glossier than the original.

True factory original early Plum Crazy painted cars are very rare these days. I have it from a trusted source that many original cars were repainted early in their lives due to the poor wear characteristics of the original Plum Crazy paint, sometimes a different color. Most that have been repainted even in the supposed original shade are better looking and glossier than the old factory paint too, and often not the same exact shade.

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The two colors (old & new) are completely different. The new color is more vibrant and glossier than the original.

True factory original early Plum Crazy painted cars are very rare these days. I have it from a trusted source that many original cars were repainted early in their lives due to the poor wear characteristics of the original Plum Crazy paint, sometimes a different color. Most that have been repainted even in the supposed original shade are better looking and glossier than the old factory paint too, and often not the same exact shade.

Real good point, I never thought of that.

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What Mark said is very true of most 60's paints when compared to today's paints. You know, there's been a lot of progress in those 50 years!

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Authentic '60s-70s "Plum Crazy" paint has been updated to "Prune Crazy." :lol:


Lol, I just noticed I caught my 200 and Dad's Town and Country on the far top left of the shot!

Does your family own Chrysler stock? :lol:

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Authentic '60s-70s "Plum Crazy" paint has been updated to "Prune Crazy." :lol:

Does your family own Chrysler stock? :lol:

We probably should be just given some, from at least both pairs of grandparents on, that's most of what we've bought since at least WW2 :P

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Oh, here's the MM Plum Crazy vs the Testors Purple-licious, I'm thinking the latter is closer to the right shade of purple.

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Edited by Joe Handley

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I would love to have a Challenger. That is a great looking car...

And fun to drive.

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Edited by darquewanderer

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Authentic '60s-70s "Plum Crazy" paint has been updated to "Prune Crazy." :lol:

Drink up, folks!

Harry the Comic is appearing all week! :lol:

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A dyslexic guy walks into a bra...

Don't forget to tip your waitresses, folks... I'll be here all week.

Goodnight!

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A dyslexic guy walks into a bra...

Don't forget to tip your waitresses, folks... I'll be here all week.

Goodnight!

Did you hear the one about the dyslexic devil worshiper? He sold his soul to Santa. <rim shot> I'm here all week.

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Sounds like they found a car in Indiana and are going to pick it up and bring into the area! Only thing I see as a true downside, it has a sunroof........not a fan of having a giant hole in the roof.

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