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    A3 S3 Colours AGAIN!.....(yawn).....i was bored OK!

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    Being friday and without anything else to keep my brain going...here's what attempts to be a definitive list of A3 S3 paint codes and sales code by year. I've seen jojo's list but believe it contains codes for other model audis.

    in total i believe there were 37 "standard" colours for A3/S3s over the models lifetime....of which only 4 were S3 only (Nogaro/Avus Silver/Misano Red/Goodwood Green)...even Imola Yellow seems to have been available on the pre MY99 A3s. The trouble with paint codes is the way in which they are referred to in sales docs does sometimes differ from tech docs.

    eg, I'm convinced that at least early UK S3 sales docs did refer to the colour Azure blue - pearl effect, when in fact the proper name is Santorin blue in tech docs (paint code terms). Azure blue does exist on other audis but with a different paint code!

    Some colours sales wise also have multiple names...eg, mocha brown (UK term) has also been referred to as Samba Brown etc. Other colours do exist as special orders eg, papaya orange, berry red...etc but to the best of my research were not standard on any A3 in UK. Merlin Purple was also to the best of my research only ever standard on A3...not S3...so any S3s in this must have been special order jobs.

    Anyway pick apart at your will......... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/book.gif[/img]

    01/09/1996 - 30/06/1999

    8L-V-000001 - 8L-X-200000

    A3 colours

    Cornflower Blue - - LY5M - F9
    Brilliant Black - - LY9B - A2
    Casablanca White - - LY9G - W3
    Laser Red - - LY3H - H1
    Imola Yellow - - LY1C - 1T
    Aluminium Silver - Metallic - LY7M - L5
    Maya Yellow - Metallic - LY1U - Q3
    Paradise Green - Metallic - LY6K - D6
    Isis Red - Metallic - LY3Z - W1
    Mocha Brown - Pearl Effect - LZ8P - K3
    Cactus Green - Pearl Effect - LZ6L - E7
    Europa Blue - Pearl effect - LZ5T - Y3 - up to 97
    Ming Blue - Pearl Effect - LZ5L - Q5
    Santorin Blue - Pearl Effect - LZ5K - 5J - 98 onwards
    Volcano Black - Pearl Effect - LZ9U - W9
    Hibiscus Red - Pearl Effect - LZ3L - 7M - 98 onwards
    Ruby Red - Pearl Effect - LZ3N - X6 - up to 97




    01/07/1999 - 31/08/2000
    8L-Y-000001 - 8L-Y-200000

    A3 colours

    Cornflower Blue - - LY5M - F9
    Brilliant Black - - LY9B - A2
    Casablanca White - - LY9G - W3
    Absolute Red - - LY3F - 6G
    Mineral Grey - Metallic - LY7K - Z8
    Silver - Metallic - LY7W - 5B
    Laurel Green - Metallic - LY6R - 7N
    Maya Yellow - Metallic - LY1U - Q3
    Mocha Brown - Pearl Effect - LZ8P - K3
    Cactus Green - Pearl Effect - LZ6L - E7
    Ming Blue - Pearl Effect - LZ5L - Q5
    Santorin Blue - Pearl Effect - LZ5K - 5J
    Ebony Black - Pearl Effect - LZ9W - 4Z
    Hibiscus Red - Pearl Effect - LZ3L - 7M
    Jaipur Red - Pearl Effect - LZ3S - 5H

    S3 Colours (Went on sale May 99 in UK)

    Brilliant black - - LY9B - A2
    Absolute Red - - LY3F - 6G
    Imola Yellow - - LY1C - 1T (exclusive to S3)
    Mineral Grey - Metallic - LY7K - Z8
    Silver - Metallic - LY7W - 5B
    Cactus Green - Pearl Effect - LZ6L - E7
    Ming Blue - Pearl Effect - LZ5L - Q5
    Santorin Blue - Pearl Effect - LZ5K - 5J
    Ebony Black - Pearl Effect - LZ9W - 4Z


    01/09/2000 - 30/06/2001
    8L-1-000001 - 8L-1-200000

    A3 Colours

    Brilliant Blue - - LY5K - E8
    Brilliant black - - LY9B - A2
    Casablanca White - - LY9G - W3
    Absolute Red - - LY3F - 6G
    Mineral Grey - Metallic - LY7K - Z8
    Silver - Metallic - LY7W - 5B
    Crystal Blue - Metallic - LLY7 - 4J
    Laurel Green - Metallic - LY6R - 7N
    Pine Green - Pearl Effect - LLZ6 - 4S
    Merlin Purple - Pearl Effect - LLZ3 - 4B
    Denim Blue - Pearl Effect - LLZ5 - 7C
    Ming Blue - Pearl Effect - LZ5L - Q5
    Ebony Black - Pearl Effect - LZ9W - 4Z
    Hibiscus Red - Pearl Effect - LZ3L - 7M
    Jaipur Red - Pearl Effect - LZ3S - 5H

    S3 Colours

    Brilliant Black - - LY9B - A2
    Absolute Red - - LY3F - 6G
    Imola Yellow - - LY1C - 1T (exclusive to S3)
    Mineral Grey - Metallic - LY7K - Z8
    Silver - Metallic - LY7W - 5B
    Goodwood Green - Pearl Effect - LZ6X - 6T (exclusive to S3)
    Ming Blue - Pearl Effect - LZ5L - Q5
    Ebony Black - Pearl Effect - LZ9W - 4Z
    Nogaro Blue - Pearl Effect - LLZ5 - M8 (exclusive to S3)


    01/07/2001 -
    8L-2-000001

    A3 Colours

    Brilliant Blue - - LLY5 - E8
    Brilliant black - - LY9B - A2
    Polar White - - LY9M - P1
    Absolute Red - - LY3F - 6G
    Dolphin Grey - Metallic - LX7Z - F5
    Silver - Metallic - LY7W - 5B
    Crystal Blue - Metallic - LLY7 - 4J
    Canvas Beige - Metallic - LY1X - 2W
    Laurel Green - Metallic - LY6R - 7N
    Avocado Green - Pearl Effect - LZ6R - L2
    Merlin Purple - Pearl Effect - LLZ3 - 4B
    Denim Blue - Pearl Effect - LLZ5 - 7C
    Ming Blue - Pearl Effect - LZ5L - Q5
    Ebony Black - Pearl Effect - LZ9W - 4Z
    Merlot Red - Pearl Effect - LZ3Q - P8

    S3 Colours

    Brilliant Black - - LY9B - A2
    Absolute Red - - LY3F - 6G
    Imola Yellow - - LY1C - 1T (exclusive to S3)
    Dolphin Grey - Metallic - LX7Z - F5
    Silver - Metallic - LY7W - 5B
    Ming Blue - Pearl Effect - LZ5L - Q5
    Ebony Black - Pearl Effect - LZ9W - 4Z
    Avus Silver - Pearl Effect - LY7J - C2 (exclusive to S3)
    Misano Red - Pearl Effect - LZ3M - N9 (exclusive to S3)
    Goodwood Green - Pearl Effect - LZ6X - 6T (exclusive to S3)
    Nogaro Blue - Pearl Effect - LLZ5 - M8 (exclusive to S3)

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    Re: A3 S3 Colours AGAIN!.....(yawn).....i was bored OK!

    Was their an azure blue on a early A3 98. Or was it renamed.

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    Re: A3 S3 Colours AGAIN!.....(yawn).....i was bored OK!

    Some good research there Evotista!

    I did a search on the audi site a week or so ago, and managed to find another S3 in Merlin purple, so there are more out there, kinda nice to know its a little rare though!

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    Re: A3 S3 Colours AGAIN!.....(yawn).....i was bored OK!

    Looks like the codes i put down as beginning with LL are wrong

    eg Denim Blue should be LZ5W not LLZ5 as i put it

    Take the first L off those codes and then they need a 4th character. We need paint codes from real data stickers for these colours then please gentlemen....


    Nogaro Blue (S3 only)
    Crystal Blue
    Merlin Purple
    Pine Green

    Also Maya Yellow was officially Ochre - Metallic in UK


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    Re: A3 S3 Colours AGAIN!.....(yawn).....i was bored OK!

    Pearlescent paint is like a pearl in that ir slightly changes colour. ie my car is cactus green pearl, and it is a green with a gold coloured metalic flake in it. Civic Type-Rs in black are a pearl paint as you look closely in a cars headlight you will see that the flake in the paint os blue.

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    Re: A3 S3 Colours AGAIN!.....(yawn).....i was bored OK!

    I was always under the ASSumption that Pearl Effect had flakes mixed into the paint sprayed over as normal (White I think) base coat, whereas the Metallic paint was simply sprayed over a "Metallic" (Silver??) base coat [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]

    Or am I an idiot [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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    Re: A3 S3 Colours AGAIN!.....(yawn).....i was bored OK!

    Vern,

    Can you get your paint code off your data sticker and post it on this thread.

    Thanks

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    Re: A3 S3 Colours AGAIN!.....(yawn).....i was bored OK!

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    TDI-line,

    Reading the list implies to me that from Manufacturing Year 98 (ie Sep 1997) that Santorin Blue was introduced to replace Europa Blue, and was available until Aug 2000.

    Santorin Blue - Pearl Effect - LZ5K - 5J - 98 onwards

    The paint code for santorin is LZ5K......even if UK people/sales docs have referred to this as Azure on an A3, officially its Santorin Blue (at least that's what i can determine)

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    Many thanks, good to know. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/beerchug.gif[/img]

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    Re: A3 S3 Colours AGAIN!.....(yawn).....i was bored OK!

    i've got a tin of it in the garage but aint looked yet for a code, might tomorrow

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    Re: A3 S3 Colours AGAIN!.....(yawn).....i was bored OK!

    i've got an A3 1.8 TS on a 98 S reg and its Merlin Purple.....!..
    thats not listed above for a 98 model...???

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    Re: A3 S3 Colours AGAIN!.....(yawn).....i was bored OK!

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    Is it not Brilliant Yellow, or is that another shade of the bright stuff?

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    No it's not Brilliant yellow.

    My paint code is F2F2. Do a search and see what you come up with for that.

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    Re: A3 S3 Colours AGAIN!.....(yawn).....i was bored OK!

    Just did a search on the web - 'F2F2 = Brilliant Yellow, Clearcoat ' [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/noidea.gif[/img]

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    Re: A3 S3 Colours AGAIN!.....(yawn).....i was bored OK!

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    Vern,

    Can you get your paint code off your data sticker and post it on this thread.

    Thanks

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    Well I've had a look and if I have got it right it is LZ3W.

    Vern

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    Re: A3 S3 Colours AGAIN!.....(yawn).....i was bored OK!

    Thanks Vern

    So now we know

    Denim Blue = LZ5W = sales code = 7C
    Merlin Purple = LZ3W = sales code = 4B

    We still need Nogaro Blue, Crystal Blue, and Brilliant Blue paint codes gents

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    Re: A3 S3 Colours AGAIN!.....(yawn).....i was bored OK!

    and mine and markb's paint code

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    Re: A3 S3 Colours AGAIN!.....(yawn).....i was bored OK!

    Just been out and checked mine I didn't think that other code sounded right.

    Mine is LY1B have a look for that if you can and see what you come back with.

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    Re: A3 S3 Colours AGAIN!.....(yawn).....i was bored OK!

    its brilliant yellow mark i just found it out Audi LY1B Single Stage Brilliant Yellow 1996 - 2000

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    Re: A3 S3 Colours AGAIN!.....(yawn).....i was bored OK!

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    its brilliant yellow mark i just found it out Audi LY1B Single Stage Brilliant Yellow 1996 - 2000

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    Right I see. Where did you find that out? As Audi have told me crap by the sounds of it.

    Is yours the same code?

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    Re: A3 S3 Colours AGAIN!.....(yawn).....i was bored OK!

    http://www.sherwin-automotive.com/fo...car_finder.cfm

    i'm into sprayin cars so i use things like this all the time

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    Re: A3 S3 Colours AGAIN!.....(yawn).....i was bored OK!

    Markb and mlcadman,

    I knew about LY1B....your cars were still a " lifestyle" colour/audi exclusive colour/special order

    however you refer to it, neither of your cars was ever offered as a standard colour. My research is trying to establish which colours were standard offerings, when that took place and what their codes were.

    the list of non standard ie, exclusive colours at the mo would be

    Brilliant Yellow
    Papaya Orange
    Ferrari Rosso Red

    Misano Red...i'm not sure about...i think it was listed in price lists but at a significant premium ie 1000..so it was as good as an exclusive colour...but not quite!

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    Re: A3 S3 Colours AGAIN!.....(yawn).....i was bored OK!

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    its brilliant yellow mark i just found it out Audi LY1B Single Stage Brilliant Yellow 1996 - 2000

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    So I'm correct that it's brilliant yellow then [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/ok.gif[/img]

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    Yes you were correct although you answered to the wrong paint code before, and I was correct that it was a "Life Style" colour, but Audi told me that they did haven't the codes to mix it [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/burningmad.gif[/img]

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    Re: A3 S3 Colours AGAIN!.....(yawn).....i was bored OK!

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    its brilliant yellow mark i just found it out Audi LY1B Single Stage Brilliant Yellow 1996 - 2000

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    So I'm correct that it's brilliant yellow then [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/ok.gif[/img]

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    Yes you were correct although you answered to the wrong paint code before, and I was correct that it was a "Life Style" colour, but Audi told me that they did haven't the codes to mix it [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/burningmad.gif[/img]

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    Mark, it seems that F2F2 and LY1B is Brilliant Yellow, I already knew that the code LY1B, but you requested the colour for F2F2 and the result came up the same. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/noidea.gif[/img]

 

 

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