Ford code M3217 M3217A - yellow
This yellow automotive paint color is most commonly known as simply 'Yellow'. Other common color promotional names include Empire Yellow, Bright Yellow (Grabber Yellow), Bright Yellow, Grabber (Bright) Yellow, Empire, and Corporate Yellow. The color formulation has been used between 1968 and 1971, primarily by Ford; but also by Mercury. We have records of this color appearing on the following models: Mustang, Ford Truck, Comet, Cougar, Fairlane, Galaxie, and Falcon. See the full detailed list below. The use of this paint is for special order, and corporate main body color.

Ford paint manufacturing codes come in two forms, the short 1 to 3 digit model/year code which changes frequently and the longer 4 digit code which starts with the letters "M", "WT", or "MX70x". M are production paints, WT and MX are commercial or special order. These longer codes don't change over the years for a particular paint formulation; therefore, it is the best code to track the usage of Ford paint. Ford production paint codes starting with M are usually followed by a 4 digit number and the letter "A" indicating its an exterior paint. The same code ending in the letter "G" is common for interior paints. For Ford, this longer 4 digit paint code is often not found printed anywhere on the vehicle. Many times it is coded on the factory build sheet which may have stayed with the vehicle after production and is sometimes found under the interior carpet or rear seat. Factory repaint or special order paints may have the 4 digit paint code hand written on the radiator shroud with a wax pen.

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Usage list of Ford paint code M3217 (more information)
yearmakemodelcodepaint namecomment
1968FordMustangCorporate Yellowspecial order
1969FordFord TruckKEmpire
1969FordMustang9 or blankBright Yellow1969 Ford Truck Empire Yellow
1969FordMustang9 or blankGrabber (Bright) YellowShelby only
1969MercuryComet9Yellowspring color
1969MercuryMercury9YellowCougar Spring color
1970FordFord TruckUEmpire Yellow
1970FordMustang9Bright Yellow (Grabber Yellow)Shelby only
1970MercuryCougar9YellowEliminator only
1971FordFord TruckUEmpire Yellow

Paint Manufacturer Codes
Ford : M3217
Make/Year Code : K, 9, 9 or blank, U
PPG/Ditzler : 2052
Dupont : 5051D, , 5051A, 5051, 5051L
Acme/Rogers : 5676
Martin Senour : 1845
Sherwin Williams : 2254

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