Colors

The E38 was available with 37 different colors as regular options over the course of its production run, plus a variety of colors from the 
BMW Individual catalog. 
These Individual colors would show up in build sheets as "Sonderlackierung", with the color code 490; the English translation is "Special Color". 
We have collected several examples over the years, and they are listed at the bottom of the page. 
Some colors will show up both under 'Regularly Available Colors' and 'BMW Individual Colors'. 
This is due to not all colors being available in all markets, or in every year of production. 
For example, 'Pearlbeige Metallic (411)', was only regularly available in 1999 and 2000; in all other model years, it had to be special ordered through BMW Individual.

Regularly Available Colors:

BMW Individual Colors – Sonderlackierung (490)

5689 E38s were produced with this color code. Here are a few examples:

Here is a search-friendly list of all Individual colors, and how many E38s were produced through BMW Individual with them:

Aegean Blue Metallic (336) 193
Aegean Blue Metallic (FQ 95-3568 BASF) 22
Alaska Blue Metallic (367) 15
Alpina Blue Metallic II (FQ 95-3965/BASF) 118
Amethyst Metallic (FE 68-40NZ BASF) 28
Aqua Metallic (FE 86-50AK BASF) 40
Arctic Grey Metallic (269) 29
Arctic Grey Metallic (269) & Arctic Silver Metallic (309) 1
Arctic Silver Metallic (309) 1
Arctic Silver Metallic (309) – Lackversuchsfahrzeug – Pulverklarlack, Fa. BASF 1
Arizona Sun Metallic 1
Art Aquarell Design – Aspen Silver Metallic (339) & Black Mica Metallic (347) 7
Art Aquarell Design – Aspen Silver Metallic (339) & Mora Metallic (359) 1
Art Aquarell Design – Aspen Silver Metallic (339) & Pine Green Metallic (FE 86-602T BASF) 1
Art Aquarell Design – Calypso Red Metallic (252) & Canyon Red Metallic (343) 1
Art Aquarell Design – Dakar Yellow (339) & Mora Metallic (359) & Canyon Red Metallic (343) 1
Art Aquarell Design – Glacier Green Metallic (334) & Pine Green Metallic (454/FE 86-602T BASF) 1
Art Aquarell Design – Nepal Silver Metallic (339) & Canyon Red Metallic (343) 2
Ascot Green Metallic (353) 7
Ascot Green Metallic (353) – Lackversuchsfahrzeug – Firma Herberts 1
Atlanta Blue Metallic (FQ 95-3278 BASF) 12
Atlantis Blue (207) 1
Atlantis Metallic (399) 47
Atlantis Metallic (FQ 95-3855/BASF) 1
Avus Blue Metallic (276) 260
Barbados Green Metallic (247) 63
Black Mica Metallic (FE 68-940Z BASF) 47
Blue Metal Metallic (FQ 95-3577 BASF) 2
Blue Metallic (FE 86-5489 BASF) 1
Bornite Metallic (FQ 95-2856 BASF) 1
Boston Green Metallic (275) 31
Brass Metallic (FQ95-4472/BASF) 51
British Racing Green (05-209-6852 B & K) 35
Brocade Red Metallic (259) 5
Bronzit Beige Metallic (139) 3
Bronzit Metallic (421) 4
Byzanz Metallic (355) 26
Byzanz Metallic (FQ 95-3569 BASF) 1
Calypso Red Metallic (252) 3
Canyon Red Metallic (343) 1
Carbon Black Metallic (416) 635
Change Design “Petrol” (BU 7) 1
Chestnut Metallic (FQ95-4481/BASF) 25
Coral Red (FQ 04-3262 BASF) 1
Cordoba Red Metallic (286) 5
Dakar Yellow (267) 3
Dakar Yellow (337) & Black II (668) 1
Dakar Yellow II (337) 9
Dark Green II (307) 12
Daytona Violet Metallic (283) 69
Diamond Black Metallic (181) 36
Diamond Black Metallic (181) & Arctic Silver Metallic (309) 1
Dolphin Metallic (184) 2
Electric Red (438) 1
Estoril Blue Metallic (335) 77
Fashion Red (05-407-3524 B. & K.) 2
Fashion Red II (R 65728.0 Herberts) 4
Fern Green Metallic (386) 9
Ferrari Red (05-407-3513 B. & K.) 1
Fiat 026 Arancio 1
Fiji Green (413) 3
Fiji Green (FQ 95-3979/BASF) 1
Fjord Blue Metallic (037) 1
Fjord Grey Metallic (310) 8
Ford Mustang Aztec Gold Metallic 1
Gazelle Beige (128) 1
Glacier Blue Metallic (280) 24
Glacier Green Metallic (334) 197
Gold Orange Metallic (476) & Chestnut Metallic (FQ95-4481/BASF) 1
Green Lagoon Metallic (FE 86-60Y3 BASF) 2
Green Metallic (FE 86-60R3 BASF) 5
Henna Red (052) 2
Honda Geneva Green Pearl (G 62 P) 1
Imola Red (405) 16
Island Green Metallic (273) 6
Jade Green (078) 1
Kashmir Beige Metallic (301) 5
Kiruna Violet Metallic (398) 14
Kopenhagen Blue Metallic (FQ 95-2970 BASF) 4
Laguna Green Metallic (266) 6
Light Beige RR 9520123 (CPU 8″14″36.00) 3
Light Ivory – RAL 1014 1
Light Ivory – RAL 1015 (007) 4
Light Ivory (007) 11
Light Ivory II (389) 4
Light Red (314) 97
Light Yellow Metallic (376) 12
Light Yellow Metallic (376) & Bronzit Metallic (139) 3
Lilac Metallic (FE 86-403X/BASF) 6
Limited Edition – Middle East – Amethyst Metallic (452) & Mora Metallic (359) 5
Limited Edition – Middle East – Estoril Blue Metallic (335) & Avus Blue Metallic (276) 1
Limited Edition – Middle East – Glacier Green Metallic (334) & Sea Green Metallic (393) 5
Limited Edition – Middle East – Silverstone Metallic (425) & Steel Blue Metallic (372) 5
Limonite Metallic (352) 61
Limonite Metallic (R 65908.8 Herberts) 1
Limonite Metallic (R 65908.8) 1
Luxor Beige Metallic (219) 1
Macau Blue Metallic (250) 10
Madeira Violet Metallic (302) 41
Malachite Green Metallic (205) 22
Maldives Blue Metallic (290) 7
Mauritius Blue Metallic (287) 15
Mercedes Benz MB 189 BASF Nr. AE 54-940W Emerald Black Metallic 2
Mercedes Benz MB 339 BASF Nr. AE 54-403T Royal Indigo Metallic 1
Mercedes Benz MB 744, Reihe 90 Brilliant Silver Metallic 1
Mercedes Emerald Black Metallic 2
Middle East “Fashion Edition” – Estoril Blue Metallic (335) & Titan Silver Metallic (354) 25
Middle East “Fashion Edition” – Mora Metallic (359) & Aspen Silver Metallic (339) 25
Midnight Blue Metallic (FE 68-50XY BASF) 1
Mojave Brown Metallic (331) 7
Montreal Blue Metallic (297) 84
Mora Metallic (359) 198
Mora Metallic (359) & Aspen Silver Metallic (339) 2
Morea Green Metallic (288) 32
Navarra Violet Metallic (346) 2
Nepal Silver Metallic (374) 11
Night Blue Metallic (040) 2
Night Blue Metallic (453) 973
Night Blue Metallic (453) (Reihe 90) 10
Nissan Alpine White 1
Oak Green Metallic (FE 86-60SH BASF) 3
Orient Blue Metallic (317) 5
Orient Blue Metallic (317) – Lackversuchsfahrzeug – Firma BASF 1
Orient Brown Metallic (FE 68-800X BASF) 1
Orinoco Metallic (406) 334
Orinoco Metallic (FE 61-61EX BASF) 53
Panama Brown Metallic (341) 5
Pearl Beige Metallic (411) 7
Peter Oakley Green Metallic (chromaflair-Effekt, Reihe 90: 3989/57-4 BASF) 1
Petrol Metallic (FQ 95-2656 BASF) 1
Petrol Mica Metallic (305) 282
Pine Green Metallic (FE 86-602T/BASF) 159
Polaris Metallic (060) 3
Porsche  K1 / 25 C 61825 Herberts / Rep.lack-Nr. AE5460M9 BASF Turquoise Metallic 1
Porsche 980 Silver Metallic 1
Porsche POR 37U Reihe 54 (konv.) Cobalt Blue Metallic 1
Romantic Red Metallic (FQ 95-3567 BASF) 48
Royal Red Metallic (390) 4
Salmon Silver Metallic (203) 4
Samoa Blue Metallic (295) 40
Santorini Blue II (05-209-5723 B. & K.) 4
Santorini Blue II (327) 7
Saturn Blue (176) 15
Scarab Green Metallic (444) 144
Sea Green Metallic (393) 13
Sebring Grey Metallic (229) 3
Sepia Metallic (474) 30
Sepia Metallic (FQ95-4477/BASF) 31
Siena Red Metallic II (362) 10
Sierra Red Metallic (357) 16
Silverstone Metallic (425) 47
Silverstone Metallic (425) & Steel Blue Metallic (372) 2
Slate Metallic (FQ 95-2880 BASF) 1
Sonderlackierung (490) 62
Sorrento Blue Metallic (360) 11
Steel Blue Metallic (372) 29
Steel Grey Metallic (400) 8
Sterling Silver Metallic (244) 32
Sumatra Yellow Metallic (296) 1
Sundown Metallic (395) 6
Sundown Metallic (FQ 95-3574/BASF) 18
Techno Violet Metallic (299) 73
Techno Violet Metallic (FQ 95-3448 BASF) 3
Titian Red (315) 3
Tobago Blue Metallic (256) 29
Topaz Blue Metallic (364) 12
Turquoise Metallic (419) 5
Velvet Blue Metallic (379) 62
Velvet Blue Metallic (FQ 95-3853/BASF) 57
Vermilion Red (138) 2
Vermont Green Metallic (356) 2
Violet Black (304) 1
Violet Blue Metallic (FE 86-50GU/BASF) 26
Violet Blue Metallic (FE 86-50GU/BASF) & Velvet Blue Metallic (379) 3
Volcano Grey (329) 1
VWL Z5L BASF (Audi) Ming Blue Pearl 1