RX-7 Color Overview

There is a lot of RX-7 info on the Web, but it proves quite a puzzle to work out what paint colors should be used to make an accurate RX-7 model kit, so I compiled an overview by type and by year of all factory applied colors.
I'm not sure the info on this page is of any use to an owner of a full-size RX-7 as all color info is listed on the cars data stickers or the VIN tag.

Most of the info listed here comes from Mazda manuals and sales brochures, with info from PaintRef.com Automotive Paint Cross Reference filling in the blanks.
Color samples are an approximation and for reference only. As computer screens have no way to depict metallic colors, I've added 'metallic' (or 'mica') to the names where appropriate.
As a rule of thumb for Mazda paint codes: if the code is all letters it is a solid color, if there are numbers in the code it is metallic/mica.
All metallics have a clear top coat, as do a number of solid colors.

Note that not all colors were available in all countries and some colors have different names in different countries (e.g. color RH is called 'Sunrise Red' in most countries, but in Germany it is called 'Kirsch Rot').
The lists are probably not complete yet.

For a polystyrene or resin model kit it is usually best to apply a suitable primer base coat (e.g. Tamiya grey or white primer) and then apply a thin top coat of automotive paint.
I've provided some model paint alternatives just in case model paint is preferred, I plan to add more whenever I find good matches. Please note that these are close matches, rather than exact matches.

For the interior colors I only listed the factory code and the base color, as not all materials have the same color, pictures of various RX-7 interiors can be found on my RX-7 interior pictures page.

Please note that on a real RX-7 items such as window trim, windshield wiper arms, etc. are finished in satin black, most model kits indicate to paint these items flat black.

Rx-7 SA, 1978-1980

color namecolor codesampleclosest model paintremarks
Clair OrangeOC Tamiya TS-12 spraycan
Sunrise RedRH Tamiya TS-49 spraycan
Aurora WhiteWN 
Impulse BlueAY Tamiya TS-44 spraycan
Brilliant BlackPZ 
Mach Green metallicG4 Tamiya X-25 Clear Green over Tamiya X-31 or Tamiya TS-52 spraycan
Spark Yellow metallicYU Tamiya X-24 Clear Yellow over Tamiya X-31
Renaissance Red metallicR3 Tamiya TS-18 spraycan10th Anniv. Edition only ¹
Indy Maroon metallicY6 
Red Copper metallicY9 Tamiya TS-92 spraycan
Marine Blue metallicA7 
Stardust Blue metallicU2 Pactra X-13
Concord Silver metallicD6 
Sunbeam Silver metallicK3 
Tornado Silver metallicK8 Tamiya TS-38 spraycan
Imperial Gold metallicM3 Tamiya TS-87 spraycan
Solar Gold metallicM4 a.k.a. Solar Orange
Beat Black metallicE6 Tamiya TS-40 spraycan

Notes: ¹ to celebrate 10 years of Mazda on the US market, 3000 '10th Anniversary Edition' Rx-7 were made in 1980, based on the 'GS sunroof' version.


Rx-7 SA/FB, 1981-1983

color namecolor codesampleclosest model paintremarks
Brilliant BlackPZ 
Space YellowYW Revell 12
Sunrise RedRH Tamiya TS-49 spraycan
Formula WhiteWT Tamiya TS-7 spraycan
Stardust Blue metallicU2 Pactra X-13
Misty Blue metallicU6 
Renaissance Red metallicR3 Tamiya TS-18 spraycan
Maya Gold metallicM5 
Havana Brown metallicT5 
Sunbeam Silver metallicK3 
Chateau Silver metallicS3 only on limited editions
Tornado Silver metallicK8 Tamiya TS-38 spraycan
Sparkling Black metallicH1 Tamiya TS-40 spraycan

Rx-7 SA/FB, 1984-1985

color namecolor codesampleclosest model paintremarks
Sunrise RedRH Tamiya TS-49 spraycan
Formula WhiteWT Tamiya TS-7 spraycan
Sydney BlueDP Discontinued for 1985
Orient YellowTC Discontinued for 1985
Light BeigeVG 
Dover WhiteWU 
Tender Blue metallicV3 
Rhyl Blue metallicL6 
Havana Brown metallicT5 
New Trad Brown metallicT9 a.k.a. Desert Brown
Sparkling Black metallicH1 
Persimmon Red metallicR7 Discontinued for 1985
Sunbeam Silver metallicK3 
Advan Silver metallicS6 
Sound Silver metallicS7 Tamiya TS-42 spraycan
Custom Silver metallicV9 
Tornado Silver metallicK8 Tamiya TS-38 spraycan
Two-tone Silver metallic QKK3 Overall color
K8 Tamiya TS-38 spraycanupper halves of doors, fender sides
Two-tone Gold metallic QYP7 Overall color (Antique Gold)
T5 upper halves of doors, fender sides

A 1984 Rx-7 (Euro specs) in Two-tone Gold metallic Euro specs 1984 Rx-7 in gold two-tone paint

Interior colors

color namecolor codesampleclosest model paintremarks
Red11 Humbrol 70
Off-Black64 Humbrol 112
Brown79 Humbrol 72

RX-7 FC, 1985-1988

color namecolor codesampleclosest model paintremarks
Sunrise RedRH Tamiya TS-49 spraycan
Noble WhiteWY 
Crystal WhiteUC Tamiya TS-26 spraycan10th Anniversary Edt. only ¹
Sapphire Blue metallic5A 
Arctic Silver metallicJ5 
Tornado Silver metallicK8 Tamiya TS-38 spraycan
Satin Gold metallic1A 
Pure RedNP introduced at 86/04/02
Dover WhiteWU introduced at 86/04/02
Brilliant BlackPZ introduced at 86/04/02
Royal Maroon metallic3A introduced at 86/12/25
Claret mica2H introduced at 87/07/01

Notes: ¹ to celebrate 10 years of Mazda RX-7, 1500 '10th Anniversary' RX-7 Turbo II were made in 1988, all painted Crystal White.


Interior colors

color namecolor codesampleclosest model paintremarks
RedFD2 Not available on Convertible, only available with Tornado Silver, Brilliant Black, Sunrise Red, Satin Gold, Dover White, Royal Maroon
Dark GrayFD5 Tamiya XF-54Not available with Crystal White, Noble White, Satin Gold
BlueFD6 Humbrol 96Only available with Arctic Silver, Noble White, Sapphire Blue, Dover White
BlackFD7 Not available on Convertible, only available with Crystal White

RX-7 FC, 1989

color namecolor codesampleclosest model paintremarks
Brilliant BlackPZ 
Blaze RedSQ Tamiya TS-86 spraycan
Noble WhiteWY 
Crystal WhiteUC Tamiya TS-26 spraycan
Harbor Blue metallic5D 
Winning Silver metallic1F 
Shadow Silver metallic3G 
Mellow Burgundy mica6H 
Shade GreenGU Infini III only

Interior colors

color namecolor codesampleclosest model paintremarks
BlackFE1 
BlackFD8 
BlueFD9 Humbrol 96Not available with Brilliant Black, Blaze Red, Mellow Burgundy

RX-7 FC, 1990-1991

color namecolor codesampleclosest model paintremarks
Brilliant BlackPZ 
Blaze RedSQ Tamiya TS-86 spraycan
Crystal WhiteUC Tamiya TS-26 spraycan
Brave Blue mica5N not available on Convertible
Shade GreenGU Infini IV only
Noble Green micaVQ Infini IV and 'Winning Limited' only

Interior colors

color namecolor codesampleclosest model paintremarks
BlackFD8 
BlueFD9 Humbrol 96Not available with Brilliant Black, Blaze Red

RX-7 FD, 1991-1993

color namecolor codesampleclosest model paintremarks
Competition Yellow micaJ9 4pts Pactra A8 + 1pt Pactra A55Only on R-1/Type R
Montego Blue metallic hiref ¹2A 
Montego Blue metallic ²M8 
Vintage Red hirefNT Tamiya TS-8 spraycan
Vintage RedNU Tamiya TS-8 spraycan
Brilliant Black hirefPX 
Brilliant BlackPZ 
Silver Stone metallic hiref4G Tamiya TS-76 spraycan
Silver Stone metallic3L Tamiya TS-76 spraycan
Crystal WhiteUC Tamiya TS-26 spraycan

Notes: ¹ the 'hiref' (High Reflection) paints were created by applying a thicker layer of paint, the body was rotated during drying. The extra thick color coat resulted in a smoother, more glossy finish. After 1993 the High Reflection paints were no longer offered.

² Montego Blue is a multi-layered paint consisting of gold-colored flakes suspended in a clear dark blue paint, this makes the paint coat look a dark metallic green in bright light.
Montego Blue was also used on special editions of the MX-5 Miata and on Xedos models.

In the early 90ies Mazda had switched to water-borne paints. Early on several colors had adhesion issues resulting in excessive stone-chipping, in particular Competition Yellow.
Mazda used Competition Yellow mica paint for the RX-7 only and as this color was costly to apply (3 different colorcoats), it was discontinued at the end of 1993 and replaced with Chaste White.
For the other colors Mazda initially changed the light grey primer coat to one matching the top coat color, this did not reduce chipping but made the chipped off paint harder to notice.
Some time later the adhesion problems were solved.


Interior colors

color namecolor codesampleclosest model paintremarks
BlackFE2 
TanFE3 Humbrol 250Not available with Competition Yellow, Silver Stone
RedFE4 Humbrol 73Not available with Competition Yellow, Vintage Red, Montego Blue

FD interior colors Note: carpets, roof liner, dashboard, door handles and center console are always black, the door inserts and seats are covered in leather of the indicated color with matching cabin trim.


RX-7 FD, 1994-1997

color namecolor codesampleclosest model paintremarks
Chaste WhitePT Tamiya TS-26 spraycan
Montego Blue metallicM8 
Vintage RedNU Tamiya TS-8 spraycan
Brilliant BlackPZ 
Silver Stone metallic3L Tamiya TS-76 spraycan
Sunburst YellowHZ Tamiya X-81997 RS-R only
Snow White micaN6 Only a single one delivered

Interior colors

color namecolor codesampleclosest model paintremarks
BlackFE5 
TanFE6 Humbrol 250Not available with Silver Stone
RedFE7 Humbrol 73Not available with Vintage Red, Montego Blue
Discontinued for 1995

RX-7 FD, 1998-2000

color namecolor codesampleclosest model paintremarks
Brilliant BlackPZ 
Vintage Red IINT Tamiya TS-8 spraycan
Chaste WhitePT Tamiya TS-26 spraycan
Innocent Blue mica20P Tamiya TS-50 spraycan
Highlight Silver metallic18G 

Interior colors

color namecolor codesampleclosest model paintremarks
Black 

RX-7 FD, 2001-2002

color namecolor codesampleclosest model paintremarks
Brilliant BlackPZ 
Vintage Red IINT Tamiya TS-8 spraycan
Pure WhiteA3D Tamiya TS-26 spraycan
Innocent Blue mica20P Tamiya TS-50 spraycan
Sunlight Silver metallic22V 
Sunburst YellowHZ Tamiya X-82001 Bathurst R only
Snow White micaN6 2001 RZ only
Titanium Gray metallic25G 2002 Spirit R only

Interior colors

color namecolor codesampleclosest model paintremarks
Black 

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