1979-1993 Mustang Paint Colors & Codes

Kevin Cassar
June 25, 2020

During the late 1970s, Ford was at a crossroads with America’s favorite pony car for a few reasons; 1. During this time, America was facing an oil shortage which meant that Ford and other manufacturers had to severely decrease horsepower potential throughout the entire ranges of vehicles to enhance fuel efficiency and economy, 2. The Mustang went through a gray area during its second generation and lost sight of what a Mustang is supposed to be. Lastly, the Mustang was in desperate need of reinvigoration to set off a new venture of performance design, style, and performance.

What came to be is a complete revelation of its 1960s counterpart in the Fox Body Mustang. Unlike Mustang models of the past, this would be a much more compact, sporty, and lighter design than ever before. Ford knew that it had to give the Mustang community a more efficient package while still retaining classic Mustang styling and performance. In 1979, the world of Mustang would never be the same again, engineers finally brought back the long-awaited GT model and introduced the 5.0L V8 engine that paid homage to its 60s era siblings in the Boss 302 engine and Shelby GT350. It kicked off the longest running generation of any Mustang to date, over 13 years of variations of Fox Body were designed and built during this time.

Like the original stallions, the Fox Body generation would need paint colors that would enhance the overall style and sleek profile to give it that all American flare which makes Mustang so unique. This guide below will provide you with a broad overview of every paint color and code throughout the entire 1979-1993 Mustang models!

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1979-1983 Mustang Color Options

During the first four years of the Fox Body Mustang, it took the American automotive community by storm for its sleek lines, prominent four headlights, and aggressive stance that distinguishedly says Mustang! Furthermore, a similar fastback profile would pay tribute to Mustang models of 1967-1973; these were the ponies that paved the way for the Fox Body and other models beyond. Seen for its shorter wheelbase, lighter chassis, and compact size, the Fox Body Mustang was revolutionary to all enthusiasts. For the first time, a Stallion would receive a hatch-style trunk that made for a more economical approach to cargo storage while still retaining the classic fastback profile of the Mustang.

In 1979, the GT nameplate was finally restored to its original glory. The introduction of the 5.0L V8 was a significant leap forward in engine technology, paying homage to the legendary engines that came before during the height of the 60s era muscle car reign. Like the original Mustang, the “four-eyed fox” came optional with some very unique colors to accentuate the design, lines, and bodywork to make a statement among its Chevrolet rival. Below you will see a complete chart of every color and which year it was available to the public, even if you’re looking to do a color change or fix some pesky rock chips.


1979-1983 Mustang Paint Color Chart

Paint Code Paint Colors Color Sample Color Notations Applicable Years
1C Black
  1979-1983
1E Pewter
Mustang Pace Car 1979
1G Silver
  1979-1983
1P Medium Gray
  1979, 1980, 1982
2H Medium Red
  1979, 1981, 1982, 1983
2P Bright Red
  1979-1983
3F Light Medium Blue
  1979
3H Medium Blue Glow
  1979, 1981, 1982
3J Bright Blue
  1979
46 Dark Jade
  1979
5W Medium Vaquero Glow
  1979
64 Bright Yellow
  1979-1981
83 Light Chamois
  1979
85 Tangerine
  1979
9D White
  1979
9D Polar White
  1980-1983
8W Chamois Glow
  1980
8N Dark Cordovan
  1980-1982
8D Bittersweet Glow
  1980-1982
8A Dark Chamois
  1980
5T Bright Caramel
  1980
3J Bright Blue
  1980
3H Medium Blue
  1980
2G Bright Bittersweet
  1980-1981
86 Pastel Chamois
  1981
5Q Medium Dark Brown
  1981
3L Dark Blue
  1980-1982
17 Medium Pewter
  1981
6Z Pastel Vanilla
  1982-
6Y Medium Vanilla
  1982
61 Medium Yellow
  1982-1983
1B Medium Charcoal
  1983
38 Light Academy Blue Glow
  1983
5U Dark Walnut
  1983
3D Dark Academy Blue
  1983
9N Desert Tan Glow
  1983
9Q Light Desert Tan
  1983


1983-1993 Mustang Paint Colors

1984-1993 Mustang Color Options

Coming upon the year 1984, the Fox Body Mustang was already a favorite among the American automotive community and Mustang faithful. During the first five years, enthusiasts found the all-new pony to be the most exciting and visceral since the original in the 1960s. Everyone used them for conquering your favorite mountain road, drag racing, and your local road racing course. With the 5.0 V8 cementing itself in legendary Ford engine history, Ford knew that each year it would have to up the stakes a little higher while also giving a diverse lineup. Introduced in 1986, the SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) Fox Body was the first Mustang ever to have a 2.3L turbo four-cylinder engine from the factory. The SVO Mustang was introduced due to the broader injection of foreign economy vehicles being entered into the market.

Heading towards the end of the Fox Body era, Mustang engineers knew they had to invigorate and send off the third-generation Mustang with a punch. To send off the Fox Body right, Ford and Mustang engineers established the most prolific skunkworks operation to date in SVT (Special Vehicle Team). With this, SVT engineers came up with the most significant Cobra ever since the late 1960s, culminating in the best design and performance ever seen in the Fox Body Mustang.

Like the early Mustang models form the third generation, this refresh showed how Ford could enhance the overall design by offering many colors to allow enthusiasts to give them their input and sense of style. Below you find our complete chart on every color and code for Fox Body Mustang models.

1984-1993 Mustang Paint Color Chart

Paint Code Paint Colors Color Sample Color Notations Applicable Years
1C Black
  1984-1993
1E Silver
  1984-1993
27 Bright Red
  1984
2C Medium Canyon Red
  1984
35 Light Cadet Blue
  1984
5C Dark Cadet Blue
  1984
8Q Light Desert Tan
  1984
9C Bright Copper
  1984
9J Pastel Desert Sand
  1984
9L Oxford White
  1984-1993
9W Dark Charcoal
  1984
1B Medium Charcoal
  1985
2E Light Canyon Red
  1985
2R Bright Red (Jalapena)
  1985
3L Midnight Blue
  1985
3V Light Regatta Blue
  1985, 1986
4E Dark Sage
  1985, 1986
4M Dark Slate
  1985, 1986
2H Medium Red
  1990-1993
8L Sand Beige
  1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
8Y Dark Clove Brown
  1985, 1987
2A Medium Canyon Red
  1985, 1986
7B Shadow Blue
  1986
1D Dark Gray
  1986, 1987, 1988
1K Light Gray
  1987
2D Scarlet Red
  1987, 1988
2H Medium Cabernet
  1987, 1990
3R Medium Shadow Blue
  1987, 1988
6H Medium Yellow
  1987
7H Bright Regatta Blue
  1987, 1988, 1989
7N Dark Shadow Blue
  1987, 1988, 1989
1K Light Gray (Smoke)
  1988
6L Dark Brown
  1988
66 Mimosa Yellow
  1989
6V Almond
  1989
AG Race Yellow
  1990
EL Wild Strawberry
  1990, 1991, 1992
EP Vermillion
  1990
MA Light Crystal Blue
  1990, 1991
MK Twilight Blue
  1990, 1991
MM Ultra Blue
  1990, 1991
YF Light Titanium
  1990
YU Dark Titanium
  1990
K3 Bimini Blue
  1991
PM Bright Green (Calypso)
  1991
YX Titanium Frost
  1991, 1992
PA Deep Emerald Green
  1991, 1992
PM Bright Green (Calypso)
  1992
ES Vibrant Red
  1992, 1993
BZ Canary Yellow
  1993
EG Electric Red
  1993
PD Reef Blue
  1993
RD Teal
  1993
PM Calypso Green
  1993
WB Vibrant White
  1993



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