German/Reference name: modegrau
Paint code: 61H
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Fashion Grey (61H/modegrau) is vintage Porsche, predating the 911 by a decade and going all the way back to the 1950-53 color menu for Pre-A 356s. Fashion Grey also predates Porsche’s own color codes. So it has a color code by Reutter who assembled Porsche’s bodies at the time. Back then, Fashion Grey had been assigned Reutter identifier 531. Over the decades, Porsche’s paint suppliers would attempt to continue to provide a match for Fashion Grey, even as paint technologies evolved. But in the 90s, it appears that Porsche approved a modern PTS Fashion Grey, as a color surfaced with Fashion Grey’s German name, Modegrau. It received a color code assignment of 61H and a formula that is nearly identical to what paint suppliers had been offering as a match for the original Fashion Grey, with only the slightest differences. Over the years, we’ve seen 61H Fashion Grey represented on some amazing Porsches, with both the Carrera GT and 918 Spyder being noteworthy examples. But Fashion Grey’s popularity and recognition has gone beyond Porsche. For example, BMW’s paint to sample program offers Fashion Grey as a color for new BMW orders. Always looking forward, Porsche has continued to innovate around this point of their paint spectrum resulting in a modern color called “Chalk”. For many, Chalk has negated the need for Paint to Sample Fashion Grey. Perhaps that is by design due to Porsche’s limited ability to meet Paint to Sample demand. But as beautiful as Chalk is- and it really is stunning- Chalk is its own color, being both lighter and cooler in hue. It is a color with its own merits. It is not Fashion Grey. Perhaps at some point in the future, Porsche will once again bring Fashion Grey back onto the main menu.