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NOT ALL COLOURS WERE DOCUMENTED IN THE CATALOGS ... see end
Here we see ABU's 16 catalog documented colours shown graphically and by name, but travelling further down this page , will show you twice as many colours were experimented with and even put into production for short time periods. I hope more will be shared here over time.
First, I will document colours for metal spoons/pirks and wobblers
I believe some variations in colour were produced for the USA market.
The Metal colours are :
The big four were the S (Silver) , G (Gold) , K (Kopper) and Z (Black/Gold stripe)
They were the most classic abu colours there ever was and still exist in today's Asian made ABU lures .
The Record Pirken in colour 'Krabba' is a very rare and desirable ABU lure.
Thanks to Mike Elsworth, the Welsh slueth for sharing.
My friend Wolfgang from Germany has kindly shared some of his prototype colours found on original ABU Toby lures here.
I am sure there are more experimental colours out there yet to be 'discovered'
Other colours on some ABU Wobblersan>
By far the most colours were afforded to the Hilo with some 12 standard colours used for decades and up to an extra 4 colours that I know of have been tested. The old original Killers sported 10 standard colours and I know of no specials, though shade variations can be found, caused by less quality control and different materials used over the decade they were produced for. Only 7 Kynoch colours were produced and sold by ABU. Cello and Cello Dip were produced in only 4 colours. Killers and Snoky utilized the same 3 metallic sheen colours but USA cousins produced by Rebel and others were more numerous in colours available.
Offical documented colour, but short running XBG , known as brown/gold, only seen on Hilo in 26g and18g sizes
Beautiful official ABU proto shades, colour name unknown shared by my ABU mate Derrik from Germany.
Another White/Pink colour experimented with on Hilo
It became reality and was produced for sale on the Kynoch , lasting just from 1973 to 1976
Another experimental colour Hilo which I hope will be soon in my collection is this unfinished factory sample colour reputedly called KO
Unfinished examples ocome to light occasionally showing the clear plastic body and internal compartments/components and the working of the depth controlling adjustable bib. Soon i hope to add an example with internally sprayed 'glow' chemical paint used to create the LYS versions of Hi lo and Kynoch.
An un-named , undocumented 'black/silver colour Raken in large size is one of my rare prototype colours.
I have a friend Derrik, who owns the smaller version of the Rakan in same colour.
Thanks to friend Christian Lindstrom for supplying your Rakan proto colour.
If you know more , please share images and I would be happy to purchase if for sale.
If you have any other lures, that are un-needed or doubles in your collection and are available for an> swapping or a reasonable fee, I would be very pleased to hear from you.