308 Paint Labels
My car needs a new paint sticker to replace one lost sometime in the last 37 years. The question is which one?
Scaglietti used four types of paint sticker during the 308’s production and two different paint suppliers: Glasurit and (Glidden) Salchi. In order to know which sticker should be on my car, I needed to work out the timeline for the paint suppliers and stickers. Also, painting was taken in-house from Scaglietti in Modena to Ferrari in Maranello sometime during 1978 with Scaglietti delivering unpainted bodyshells to Maranello after this point.
Dealing with the late cars first, 308 production ended in May 1985 at which point Ferrari was applying the Glasurit sticker below. Glasurit was the sole paint supplier for the later 308s. Glasurit continued to provide paint to Ferrari until 1997/1998 when Ferrari transitioned to PPG.
I don’t have an exact date when Ferrari switched from Salchi to Glasurit paint but I believe it was sometime in 1982 and certainly after May 1981. There may not have been a single changeover point if some colours were from the new manufacturer while others were from the old. Certainly Glasurit and Salchi did not offer identical colours; for example ‘Ferrari red’ was rosso chiaro under Salchi but rosso corsa under Glasurit and both the name and shade are different with rosso chiaro being slightly lighter than rosso corsa.
The earlier cars from 1975 to 1982 were painted using Salchi lacquer paint. Three distinct paint labels were used during that time, principally due to changes to the Salchi company name. In 1975, at the beginning of 308 production, the paint supplier was Glidden Salchi and the following label was being applied under the engine cover to record the paint code of the car:
Salchi was an Italian paint manufacturer that was owned from 1971 until around June 1977 by US industrial conglomerate SCM (formerly Smith-Corona Marchant). Specifically, Glidden-Salchi, as it was known, was part of the SCM Coatings and Resins division which had formally been the Glidden paint company prior to merging with SCM in 1967. Therefore from the beginning of production through to until mid-1977 the paint labels on 308s looked like the label above.
The label has the Glidden logo with Salchi written below it. The label also identifies Glidden-Salchi as a licensee of SCM Coatings and Resins in the upper left corner. The label has two fields of which only the lower one is normally filled in with the code for the paint
In mid-1977 SCM, the owners of the Glidden trademark sold its Salchi subsidiary , , and a second Salchi label type is introduced without the Glidden logo, as shown below on this label on a 1978 GTS:
I do not have a precise date for the introduction of the second label but I believe it was near to the end of 1977 or even sometime in early 1978. 308 s/n 22927 was built in November 77 with the first type of Glidden Salchi label. Note that although the Glidden logo was removed from the label, Salchi is still listed as a licensee of SCM Coatings and Resins. This Salchi double-field label was used until late 1978 when the third and final Salchi label was introduced:
The third label is a variant of the second with an identical Salchi logo but with a single field for the paint code. The
So did my 78 308 originally have a two-field Salchi label or a single field Salchi? To answer that I’d need more research…
I reached out to fellow
And that was how it remained until about a year ago when a fellow
But wait a minute… what happened to the horse? It is missing from this label and the blue is a slightly darker hue. So now we have a fourth type of label. Furthermore, another November car, with a serial number after my car, 26481, has the same dark blue but with a horse:
So what does this all mean? Well, I still don’t know for sure what paint label my car originally came with.
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