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early bantam colours
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Hi there,


Not posted here before, although have had a look at alot of info about the D1 bantams as i am looking at getting one.


Had a quick search around but couldn't really find any info


The 1949 i am looking at is quite a pale green whereas a later D1 is alot of a darker green, even though places like wikipedia list the D1 as mist green, just dont want to spend quite a bit of money on something that isnt painted right, even though i have seen alot of bantams painted in the lighter shade.

Coming from Mk1 minis, i know how important originality is!

Also, would i feel much riding difference in the rigids and the suspended D1's?


Thanks for the info, and sorry if it has been asked before or is very obvious!

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you have to be realistic about this
the are no colour codes for Mist Green,and even if the were would only relate to the original paint manufacture
so if a bike has been repainted it has either been done in a RAL colour or mixed to whatever the owner thought looked ok
you cant even go by a untouched original bike as the enamel paint would have changed colour considerably over the last 60 years
Green is basically as mixture of blue and yellow so some bikes will be a blueish and some a yellowish colour in a lighter or darker shade
just about every mist green Bantam you will look at is a different colour so nobody could ever say it not the original correct colour

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When I renovated my Dad’s 1949 D1 I had her sprayed to match the colour on the inside of the toolbox lid. This had never been subjected to daylight so was “original”. A good paint shop will do this sort of thing easily.

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Una, my Dad's original 1949 D1.

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That's exactly what I did, used the colour off the inside of the tool box lid, and colour off the inside of the front wheel brake plate, which I believe,  were a very good match. I would of used the rear wheel brake plate, but strangely this was, Black on the outside with Misty Green underneath, GPO red on the inside. Again when I restored the chain guard, I found a base gloss coat of GPO red. Just these two items throughout the whole renovation. 

has anyone else found this mis- match of colours..... Nick

                           Kind regards,  Nick     Bolton, Greater Manchester

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