Piston Slap: The Last Insane Interior Color?

Sajeev Mehta
by Sajeev Mehta
piston slap the last insane interior color

TTAC commentator econobiker writes:

Related to 1996 Taurus written about here was probably the last Detroit redesign to sport an odd color palette, including that bizarre dark green color.

Which leads to my answer: the 1997 Taurus’ Willow Green interior was the last insane interior option for a Detroit carmaker.** Crown Vics and Lincoln Town Cars also lost them in 1998, but they were lame ducks this year. The Taurus was still a hot number, hence why I’m singling it out.

Best and Brightest, off to you.

**But wait, the 2002 Ford Thunderbird came in some seriously insane colors, and you can still get some interesting accent colors on Corvettes, but I chose the Taurus to focus on the color palettes of mainstream machines.

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  • Namesakeone Namesakeone on Sep 15, 2012

    Didn't Audi offer the TT with a baseball-glove orange (complete with stitching!) leather interior?

  • Fr88 Fr88 on Jun 27, 2013

    Okay, since the late 90's you could have any color interior in American (and most import) cars as long as it was a non-color such as Mouse Beige or Mouse Grey (the greys varying only in intensity from Light Dust to Dark Dirt). What is wrong with color? If a broad spectrum of color choices are good enough for Rolls Royce, Bentley, Maserati, Jaguar, and the like, what is wrong with having a choice or three in a Taurus? I once bought the last of the Roadmaster wagons because it had a dark red leather interior. I imagine how a new Chrysler 300 with a navy blue paint job and a saddle color leather interior would take a big step up in perceived luxury and style. Such is the power of color. The original 300s only came with saddle color leather, seems a shame the new ones don't. I recently bought a new Charger because it had the option of a red leather interior. The same car with a beige or black interior is a yawn. So what is wrong with any of the colors from the 1960's automotive interior palette. A premium is paid for a first year Toronado with a plum color interior. A 67 Eldorado with a turquoise interior will shine brighter in a collector's eye than a similar model with a black interior. Beige was available then, but it was thick glossy leather rather that the dull sun-baked looking stuff they call leather in modern cars. And it was accompanied by color options of dark green, dark brown, red, plum, turquoise, blue, white etc. so you weren't stuck with a non-color as your only interior choice. Automakers are slowly dipping their toes into the paint pot for interior colors. GM is to be commended for adding color to trim in some of its Cadillacs and the new Impala. Hopefully, this trend will accelerate and flourish and we will no longer be greeted by a wave of depression when we open our car doors!