Originally Posted by jjpish68
......... I have not seen too many Charcoal grey C3s which is making me think I need to stick to the original or at least a variation of it.
Charcoal Gray was only offered in 81 and 82. There were 3,485 Charcoal cars built at St. Louis in 81, and 1,093 Charcoal 82's built.
There were also Charcoal Gray 81's built at Bowling Green, but there are no production numbers for them. Of the 8,995 Corvettes built at Bowling Green in 81, about 3,600 were painted one of the 7 solid colors offered. The majority of Bowling Green 81's were painted one of the 4 two-tone combinations. I would guess that less then 1,000 Charcoal Gray 81's came out of Bowling Green. Total 81 and 82 Charcoal Gray production, was probably around 5,000-5,500 cars.
Steel Cities Gray was offered in 71 and 72. There were 1,591 Steel Cities 71's and 2,346 72's. Though Steel Cities is a variation of charcoal gray, when painted properly, it does have a green tint to it. I think that Steel Cities is one of the prettiest colors ever offered on a Corvette, but then I am a fan of charcoal gray.
Overall, there have been fewer than 10,000 factory built Charcoal Gray 68-82 Corvettes ever built.
Laguna Gray was offered in 70, and though it is a good looking color, it really is more of a dark silver, than a charcoal gray.