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Here are photos of my original door panels and floor carpeting.

 
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Here are Charley's for comparison

 
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Another shot of Charley's 512 carpet for comparison:

 
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Latest samples

 
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Guys 16 13 Blue from ACC is as good as we are going to get.
 
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MIKE.... LOOKS GOOD!!!!! AGREE HERE & THANKS FOR RUNNING LEAD ON THIS!!

I had drafted a long-winded add-on: then blew it away when I clicked wrong button (AAAARRRGGHH...).

One call-out from the pictures above: Notice the KICK PANELS... Those on my car are 732-Z original pieces (As I presume yours are, likewise). Interesting that these align color-wise with the darker blue floor/carpet...

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Attention Thomas Davidson!!!
 
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Thanks Mike for the heads up.
I was going to start another thread on my research on the last couple years regarding carpet and interior vinyl, but I guess this thread is as good as any to show my findings.

OK where to start?

Well, before I purchased my current Camaro, a 67 Camaro Pace Car, I was collecting original pieces of the Bright Blue vinyl interior, as well as, whole interior seat covers and original carpet samples to see what the original colors looked like and compare them to what most vendors are selling today. Since my latest acquisition a 67 Camaro Pace Car built at the LOS plant, my research has only intensified to find any vendor that sells carpet and vinyl that is as close to the original Bright Blue just in case I needed to replace any of it. To my surprise I haven't found one vendor that even comes close to the original Bright Blue interior. I know I will get some backlash on that comment. There are vendors that come close, but unless you have an original piece next to it you can't not tell or see the difference and for us perfectionists or Connoisseur's of the hobby it has to be "perfect"! I am one not to settle for anything less.

I have talked with Mike Rossi who is one of the premier judges on 67 Camaro interiors and has worked with Al Knoch years ago to find the correct Bright Blue color also, but to this day nothing has happened to recreate the original Bright Blue yet, just facsimiles of the Bright Blue.

I remember back in the day, all the hard work Charley Maule put into his research and shared it with everyone here. I have eagerly waited for every post to see what he came up with. He did outstanding work in collecting swatches from vendors to show the different shades or hues of blue out there to see which one would be the closest to the original.

This is where my research comes in and might add shed some light for all of us in regards to original color. You might be surprised at the outcome.

In my quest, for finding the perfect color and vendor to help me, I have been reaching out to certain members on what the GM part number is for the carpet, in hopes to show a vendor what the true color is. In my opinion though, in the end even having a GM number might not help after 57 years, plus they will just end up making the color "they think" is the correct one. That is not my idea of correctness or original standard. My Standard is the "original" swatches and vinyl that still exists on 67 Camaro's to this day. Yes, believe it or not there are still good pieces to be found if you go out looking for it or ask around.

I believe that the Standard does not fall on the shoulders of the vendors who are not true enthusiasts in our hobby, because they are only trying to make a dollar.

The standard falls on shoulders of the true enthusiasts who have a passion for the hobby and years of experience and research to show for it like members on here.

OK enough of my rantings and opinions. On to my research!
 
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So, I have been lucky enough to find a 67 Fold Down rear seat with Bright Blue upholstery and carpet that was protected from sunlight and stored away for many years. It looked in decent shape at first. I decided to clean the carpet, which I had no idea if it was original or not, I just wanted it cleaned up. Here are a few pictures that transpired during the cleaning. This photo is the way it looked when I got it.

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Started the cleaning.

 
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In between 1st and 2nd cleaning

 
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Second cleaning is done and looks pretty good, BUT WAIT!

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3rd and finally cleaning on the carpet turned out amazing. As you can see the true color reveals itself as a rich, vibrant deep Dark Bright Blue. Very different from what vendors are trying to sell us. These photos were taken in indirect sunlight so as to not change the color and give the best representation of the true color. The color actually looks like a Dark Bright Blue or almost Royal Blue. This is the same Bright Blue color that the Deluxe door panels should have and on the floor. It is a stunning color to see in person. I am almost 100% sure GM wanted the carpet, as well as, the whole interior to stand out in an explosion of Bright Blue.

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Here is an original carpet sample given to me courtesy of Ed Wight. His carpet was badly worn, but the carpet under the console was still intact and protected. At first glance you can see some nice Bright Blue carpet. But after cleaning the carpet 3 times the same original Dark Bright Blue color revealed itself. It is a beautiful example of the true color. It looks pretty much like the Fold Down rear seat carpet too. Here is a before and after shots.

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