Grabber Blue Paint HistoryGrabber Blue was first offered exclusively on Shelby Mustangs for the 1969 model year. Reaction was immediately positive and the following year Ford made it an option for all pony cars, as well as on the Falcon and certain heavy trucks.
In 1973, a Light Grabber Blue — also known as Bright Blue in the company's promotional literature — was introduced. Following that, Grabber Blue disappeared from the Mustang lineup for many years, until it was reintroduced in 2010.
PopularityAccording to Ford's official statistics, blue is second only to red as the most popular color in Mustang history. In recent years, however, black has come to eclipse all others as the preferred color of new Mustang buyers. Only time will tell if this trend continues.
Finding Your Mustang's Paint CodeThe paint code for your Mustang will most likely be clearly printed on the driver's door VIN Plate. In some cases, such as on certain special editions or other one-offs, no paint code will be listed. If there is no paint code listed on your VIN plate, call your dealer for more information.
From 1969 to 1971 the Grabber Blue paint code was J. For the duration of the ‘70s, the paint code was either 3F (original Grabber Blue) or 3N (Light Grabber Blue). When Grabber Blue was reintroduced in 2010, it went by the paint code CI.