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BSA Pare bike, Green or brown ?

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What colour were BSA Para bikes when new ? I've seen some repainted in brown but is this correct & if so does it designate a year of manufacture or a theatre of operation ?

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I have read somewhere, that they were produced in green first and then brown when green paint was in short supply.

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I had one in 1950, it was light grey and hadn't been repainted.

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I had 2 Parabikes once. The early one (Double down tubes) was Brown and the later one (Single down tube) was Green.

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I had 2 Parabikes once. The early one (Double down tubes) was Brown and the later one (Single down tube) was Green.

 

Thanks Robert, light brown or a darker chocolate brown ?

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Thanks Robert, light brown or a darker chocolate brown ?

 

 

 

It was the darker brown.

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It was the darker brown.

 

Need to repaint my bike soon so glad this subject came up!

Would Service Brown be suitable? Or is it a different shade?

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Need to repaint my bike soon so glad this subject came up!

Would Service Brown be suitable? Or is it a different shade?

 

I cannot think of a reason why these bikes would not be painted in the Standard Camouflage Colours of the day?

 

As per Mike Stamer's research: http://www.mafva.net/other%20pages/starmer%20camo.htm

 

So the brown would have to be SCC2 I reckon

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Might give some of this stuff a go:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BRITISH-STANDARD-381C-499-CELLULOSE-PAINT-SERVICE-BROWN-2-5L-/370856437126?hash=item5658c42586:g:HV8AAOxyhtpR5~IY

 

Or some from a similar seller on Ebay

 

Has anyone used them before to know if they are any good?

Need to repaint the Welbike and several other bits so may get more to keep it the same batch

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