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Old 01-05-2011, 03:46 PM   #1
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Any one got a car in Alabandine Gray - what color is it?

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Just trying to choose a C Class car color it is a toss up between Alabandine Gray or Palladium Silver (with Alpaca interior). I like the darker Alabandine as it shows up the chrome better but what colour is the metallic in it?

I saw one briefly and it looked as if it had a hint of green in the metallic or was this my imagination. Can someone describe the colour to me? Or even put a close up photo of the finish on the internet. Any comments on living with this colour would be appreciated.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:12 PM   #2
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Presumably named after the mineral ALABANDITE. described thus.

Colour: Iron black, brown, greyish black, green; dull brown (tarnished)
Comment: in polished section, gray-white; deep green to brown and red in thin slivers.

so my guess metallic grey with a hint of green as you surmised. looks nice piccy

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Old 01-05-2011, 11:52 PM   #3
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I believe this is Alabandine:



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Old 02-05-2011, 12:01 AM   #4
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The colour actually looks nice in those photos...
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:22 PM   #5
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Yes it does look nice but when the sun fell on it it did look very green. Not sure about the green

Photos look really great but I really need to find someone who has one and has had to live with it. This seems to have replaced the Tenorite Gray which was available on the pre facelift C class. but has been available on for example the SL for a few years.

Will be at a dealership on Thursday will see if they have one.
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Old 02-05-2011, 07:54 PM   #6
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If you are lucky they may have a display panel about 9 inch square.
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:35 PM   #7
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Alabandine C220 Elegance

I ordered a new C220 five weeks ago in Alabandine Grey.

I have never seen one nor did the showroom have a sample. I chose it on the basis of web photos and because I didn't like any of the other colours!

I had been waiting for the facelift model to appear so that I could get one with the 7 speed auto. I was hoping for a nice metallic red but there isn't one.

I saw an old E Class last week in a beautiful metallic red but variations on grey seem to be the current fashion with German manufacturers.
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Old 02-05-2011, 11:21 PM   #8
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Keep telling them like I do.

Soon takes the smile off the salesmans face when you say I will have a car but not in silver!! He struggles then.

Yes we need a good metallic green, a nice ice blue and a metallic red.

Just like the old days.
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Old 03-05-2011, 08:23 AM   #9
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I would want to see one in the flesh. If too green it might affect resale figures. Some people won't buy green cars due to superstition.
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I would want to see one in the flesh. If too green it might affect resale figures. Some people won't buy green cars due to superstition.
What superstition is that? - just curious
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That green cars give trouble, or get involved in more crashes.;
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That green cars give trouble, or get involved in more crashes.;
Have to confess I never heard that that one. Accidents-- maybe because they blend into any vegetation beside the road, but then dark grey cars would be more likely to blend into tarmac. Can't think of any rational reason for them being more unreliable.
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Hence why it's superstition. I've seen no basis or explanation for the superstition though.
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Apparently Yellow is the safest colour, I wonder if that includes Ferraris since it's their house colour
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That green cars give trouble, or get involved in more crashes.;
I owned a green car (well, people carrier) once, was involved in 3 accidents within 5yrs (none my fault). The only accidents I have had in 35yrs of driving.
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