In Reply to: There are two silvers.... posted by John Fox Worthington on September 13, 2000 at 01:59:42:
Thanks a lot for your post John...I've never seen someone so knowledgeable about paint options before. Here is a pic of the car, I have yet to see it myself (should be arriving next week). It is a '98, so I'm assuming that it is Titanium Silver (I highly doubt you'll be able to tell from the pic).
Arctic Silver and Titanium Silver. Both are available on several different models, not just M3's.
Arctic Silver is the older color, and was available on the 528i several years back, and perhaps other models, I'm not sure.
Titanium Silver was first released some time around May of '98 on the M3, but then made its way to the 740 as a special order and then to the standard 3 and 5 series lineup. It is the color most commonly seen in 1999 BMW press photos, and is pretty popular on the 323's and 328's of late.
It has more sparkle than Arctic silver, and is slight lighter in base color, I believe.
Both are very nice colors. When you don't see them together, you think they are almost the same. But if you compare them side by side, the Titanium is much nicer (in my opinion, that is!)
former owner of '98 M3 in Titansilber (as it is called in German, according to the paint color sticker under the hood!)