From:Dave Ciccalone
Subject:RE: RE*4: More Black Wheels - and More Spanky Date:Tue Apr 21 13:30:18 2015
Response to:5679
Dave, the 1939 or later Packard Blues do look dark enough to be Henderson blue.

Personally, I wonder if Spiker hadn't identified "Balboa blue" due to his memory of the bright blue '28 - '31 color option. I believe there is a collector in New York who has an original paint "bright blue" KJ, a picture of that bike would be helpful.

Attached is a picture of Jay Leno's 1931 "Special" (i.e, KL). This has to be one of the most perfect original paint late KJ/KL examples on the planet painted in Henderson blue with a cream tank panel.

Note the cream wheels!


Otis Spiker said: "The nearest color to the original factory Blue, is Duponts Balboa Blue #4I9I"

Take a look at this scan of paint chips for 1961 Chevrolet Trucks:

Others have mentioned "Packard Blue". Take a look here:

Look at the 1939 and later Packard Blues. These seem most like the color David Ciccalone described.

Thanks Dave for digging up the great picture. Looking at the bike, it definitely has the 1931 John Brown headlight on it. The horn looks to be 1929 or 1930. I researched this when I painted my '31 and decided to paint my wheels cream mostly because I liked the look better than the black. I didn't get a chance to respond to the many posts about the blue paint color however I'd like to hear a response from Richard Schultz on this. He gave me a paint code when I was painting my '31 that he got from what he thought was an original paint. It's not the real dark blue.

OK, here is a Police KJ with cream wheels.

It's in the section called "Period Photographs", which can be found off our home page -or-

I don't have a dog in this fight, but "Spanky", sitting on the headlight, was born in 1928 and joined the Our Gang cast in 1932. He looks to be 4 or 5 in that picture, making it circa 1932 or 1933.