I'll add that in addition to any special runs, Colt also used the name "Python Elite" toward the end of production. These were just Pythons with a satin stainless steel finish.
Oh yes -- BEAUTIFUL PYTHON!
Jim's Rules of Carry: 1. Any gun is better than no gun. 2. A gun that is reliable is better than a gun that is not. 3. A hole in the right place is better than a hole in the wrong place. 4. A bigger hole is a better hole.