Questions, questions, questions flooding the mind of the concerned young person
today...Frank Zappa 1971
These questions (and answers to them) have been circulating for weeks on the
To summarize, and hopefully put this thread (I hate that term) to rest:
The car pictured on the front of Classic Motorbooks catalogue is Rob Garafalo's
car and it is the same pic that was in Road & Track.
The color is Leaf Green. (Not Olive Green, nor Pea Soup Green)
The other green used on the Sprite Mk. was named Dark Green by the factory.
Verification of this information as well as answers to other daunting questions
on the subject of originality can be found in various period factory
Jay Fishbein, CT
Former Owner of one Leaf Green AN-5 now happily residing in the Lone Star State.
On 03/11/99 13:07:12 you wrote:
>In a message dated 3/11/99 9:55:24 AM, WilKo wrote:
><<Well Gary, and the rest,
>Back in , oh, '91 British Car Magazine (Gary, you may have heard of them) did
>a very nice story on the car and it's restoration, along with a beautiful tri-
>carb BN7, as being a gold concours winner. right down to it's NOS floor mats
>in matching green. That Mag is at home so I don't remember the color name,
>definetely not spruce. Spruce being a very dark green used on 100-4 only(?)
>I think was before Gary's time at the mag.>>
>While we're all sharing partial ignorance -- FACT: The car that was pictured
>in British Car Magazine was definitely Rob Garafalo's car. FACT: The car that
>was pictured in Road and Track was definitely Rob's car (and it was pictured
>in his garage). QUESTION: But since I haven't seen the Motorbooks catalog
>yet, I can't say whether this is the same one. FACT: Rob has sold the car.
>Question: Did Rob ever actually get to enjoy the car? My understanding is
>that it didn't get a whole lot of mileage after he restored it and before he
>Now, let's have some other fun. The only green color that Anders Clausager
>lists as available on the AN1 Mark I (Bugeye) Sprite is "British Racing Green"
>but the car that he pictures three pages later is the same color as Garafalo's
>car, and it looks (like Rob's) to be a very light olive green.
>And my factory specification sheets from Abingdon are at home -- stay tuned.