Gents -- I am the owner Vin 1662720 and have been absent from the forum for a while as I purchased an E30 325is, which took my time for most of the summer. Anyway....I wanted to fill you all in on some details regarding the process of finding the original color, Caribe.
The below picture is the non-wet sanded and rather dark (sorry, was getting late) picture of the car as it sits today. I have undertaken the task of painting the car, using all OEM PPG paint products. I worked with the local PPG paint distributor/retailer to find the right color mixture, and let me tell you, it was oddly difficult, even with the correct BMW supplied paint code.
It seems that over the years, the paint manufacturers have consolidated and when using the original BMW paint number and cross referencing with an actual original BMW color book the distributor had (it was really cool!), we could NOT find Caribe in their database. The rep. called a few of the manufacturers directly and only found Caribbean listed and we surmised that the person inputing paint names/codes into their data base system must have thought Caribe was short for Carribbean. To make sure, I brought in a sample piece of the original color off of the car and they made me a very small batch to check for color match. It did!
However, seeing the above thickens the plot as the color I am applying is much darker than the above -- almost a more slate colored blue. Now, maybe it'll lighten up a bit after sanding and waxing, but I'll be really curious to see how it turns out as anything I've seen online has Caribe being a bit darker blue.