1956 Color Combinations


The following table comes from the 56 Pontiac dealer's book.  See Trim Codes for definition of the interior colors and materials.   Trim Codes for the Safari are 276 (Beige leather) 275 (Beige leather/nylon), 278 (blue leather), and 277 (blue leather/nylon).  The other trim codes are for the Star Chief Catalinas



See 1956 Pontiac Colors for paint chips showing the colors.  Although Pontiac offered many colors in 1956, only four colors and seven exterior colors combinations were initially available for the Safari:



color (lower / upper)


Sandlewood Tan (an off-white with a very slight beige tint).  Single color.


Sun Beige. Single color.


Sun Beige / Sandlewood Tan


Sandlewood Tan / Sun Beige


Catalina Blue.  Single color


Catalina blue / Nimbus Grey.  (Nimbus Grey appears to have a very slight bluish tint)


Nimbus Grey / Catalina Blue.


Additional colors were added by Pontiac in the spring of 56.  These are called "spring colors".  At least one additional color option was added for the Safari.



Avalon Blue / .Nimbus Grey


The color code can be found on the cowl tag.  Let me know if you've seen other color codes.


Original single color Safaris seem to be rare and I have never seen one (actually, I have yet to see a 56 Safari with colors that match the code on the cowl tag).