By on May 10, 2016

Audi S5, Image: Pfaff

No, that’s not my lime-green Audi S5 in the photo above. Nor is it that car’s Malaysian rip-off. It’s a totally new thing, a “Pfaff Performance Series” available for the low, low price of $68,000 CAD, which is $54,000 USD. That’s almost exactly what I paid for my S5 eight years ago, so it’s not necessarily a bad deal.

Except this car sucks in every way you can make an S5 suck. Crappy supercharged V6 in place of a direct-injection V8? Check. Automatic (DSG) transmission? You betcha. Two-tone seats because they didn’t have the courage to go full Havana Brown leather like I did? Uh-huh. I’m not even sure it has the upgraded stereo. Frankly, you’d be better off finding my original car and paying whatever the current owner wants for it.

It could be worse, however; it could be Signal Green.

Signal Green, of course, is the color used on the 997 GT3RS. Viper Green, also known as Lime Green, is the proper vintage green used on the 911s and 914s of the early ’70s. When I ordered my S5 back in 2008, the nice people at Audi went to Porsche to get the color information and I was very pleased at how closely the car matched the old-school Porkers. Relatively speaking, Viper/Lime has a lot of yellow in it, while Signal has a lot of blue. There was a real Signal Green fetish among the Audi fans a few years ago but I’m glad that’s over. It’s just not a nice color, and far more suited for a Shanghai parking garage after dark than for the open skies above Virginia International Raceway.

Feel free to refer to the above paragraph any time somebody wonders why you can’t get a brand-new car in any actual color nowadays. Nobody ever squabbles over precise shades of grey unless their autism has managed to acquire full and uncontested command of their speech and motor centers. The same goes for black and silver, the other two “colors” that are universally available on modern cars. Once you get off that clean monochrome track and deep into the weeds of actual hue and cry, so to speak, things get very complicated. If you offer Viper Green but the customer wants Lime Green, he’s unlikely to settle for Viper. Instead, he’ll just take Granite or Cloud or whatever you’re calling grey this afternoon — and just like that, you have another “vote” for the no-color palette.

Wikipedia offers a chart of PPG and DuPont’s most popular automotive “colors” for 2012, the most recent year for which there’s good data:

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If you’re counting along at home, you’ll notice two things:

  • We don’t get an actual “color” until fifth place.
  • The percentage of American buyers who choose a non-color amounts to either 72% (PPG) or 74% (DuPont). How depressing is that?

We need to change this situation, stat. So here are some great car/color combinations you could try if you wanted to stand out from the herd:

  • The Ford Mustang is available in all sorts of real colors, including orange.
  • The Ford Fiesta ST, Focus ST, and Focus RS all have some shade of blue available; you can get an orange Fiesta or a yellow Focus.
  • Chevrolet has a surprisingly broad palette of actual colors on most of their cars, with the Camaro and Corvette getting the biggest variety.
  • Lexus (LEXUS!) will sell you an RC-F in orange or blue.
  • The Miata has very few color choices, particularly if you want the Club model, but at least red is available across the board.
  • Infiniti has a nice blue and an even nicer ruby in the hopper for most of the lineup.
  • The Mercedes SL65 is available in “Dolomite Brown,” celebrating the famous ur-Hip-Hop-comedian, of course.
  • BMW has “Smoked Topaz Metallic” for the M3. It’s kind of purple. I think.

Note that I didn’t mention Porsche. That’s because even though the brand is known for an astonishingly variety of colors, the company is starting to severely restrict available of any colors besides the run of the grey mill. Not only is Porsche becoming much pickier about what colors they will actually reproduce, preferring instead to restrict choice to a few popular “Exclusive” shades, it’s becoming harder to get an “Exclusive allocation.” Oh well.

All this aside, however, there’s truly something to be said for owning a car in an actual color. You’ll feel better about yourself when your over-the-shoulder look at your dream car every workaday morning doesn’t reveal a hue-free zone. You may not like your choices for president this upcoming election cycle, but until all the above options disappear, you still have a choice of colors.

So which one will you choose, my brother?

[Image: Pfaff]

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175 Comments on “No Fixed Abode: If You Had A Choice Of Colors, Which One Would You Choose, My Brother...”


  • avatar

    Yesterday I saw an M4 in Tanzanite Blue. What a stunning color (err, colour). The deepest navy blue I’ve ever seen, and only $1,450 CAD above and beyond the no-charge Black/White paint. Would look great on a minimally optioned M3. Of course, paint-to-sample British Racing Green is also tempting.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      British Racing Green plus tan leather makes almost any car look good.

      • 0 avatar

        +1

      • 0 avatar

        I have money stashed away in a savings account for when Mazda releases a BRG/Tan ND.

        • 0 avatar
          Hamilton Guy

          +1 I own a 2001 Miata Special Edition, BRG with tan leather interior and roof and Nardi wood steering wheel, shifter and hand brake handle. Totally the most elegant combination.

          And My DD a ’15 Dodge Grand Caravan is Deep Cherry Red as was my previous 2010 T&C. I guess I am a colour guy.

          • 0 avatar
            Driver8

            BRG is the roadster standard, and one of my favs, though I’m not convinced that the ND will look good in a flat color. The NC had a metallic Highland Green that had potential but looked black in all but bright sunlight. I’ve had a spot for Mariner/French Racing Blue NA Miatas.
            Mazda recently displayed ND concepts, one in a pleasant Gulf Blue and another in a sharp gunmetal, both nicer than their current offerings, save the Soul Red.

          • 0 avatar
            economist

            I had a 1997 M edition in BRG with tan leather and a tan top. It was the best looking car I have ever owned. I still regret selling it. Y U NO TAKE BABY SEATS MIATA?

          • 0 avatar
            bikegoesbaa

            Miatas definitely take baby seats.

            I’ve had one in my NB a bunch of times.

          • 0 avatar
            zamoti

            I had a 91 Miata that was white but the paint flaked off. So for the one time in my car-owning history I had a choice (because I’m a cheapskate and always buy used). I elected to paint it Volkswagen Golf Cosmic Green. I loved it, everybody asked questions about it and I miss having an interesting color. Now I have one black car and one white. Bleh.

      • 0 avatar
        Dan

        Agreed.

        I was disappointed to discover that what the big three sell as “green” now, contrary to the BRG looking renderings on their websites, is actually so dark as to double for black in anything other than freshly waxed condition in direct sunlight. GM’s “Rainforest Green” was the least bad, FCA’s “Black Forest” might as well be just plain black, and Ford’s “Green Gem” was somewhere in the middle.

    • 0 avatar
      duffman13

      There was a guy a few years back on the forums who had his E90 M3 painted Techno Violet from the E36 era. It had to be one of the best looking choices I’ve seen on a modern car. Even some of the ugly ones like Phoenix Yellow (baby vomit/bile yellow) at least had character.

      I’m on my 3rd blue car in a row, and I’d like something different, want a color, but don’t like red or green either. It’s painful how limited my options are.

      • 0 avatar
        ckb

        I’m also living on a blue planet…so to speak. We’re on our 4th blue car in a row (the first was more gray than blue to be fair, but still blue). The only non-color cars I’ve owned were beaters (white camry and a black 740). I was hoping for a wrangler with that metallic orange color they had a few years ago but it was vetoed as “impractical” for a family vehicle and I already have a play car so hello blue outback.

        Even so I committed the TTAC sin of “settling”, I still get compliments on it for the color…on an outback…in CO, the land of outbacks. The lesson is, if you’re stuck with a bland car but still want to stand out, get a real color.

        And our house is blue too. Maybe some shade of red/orange is in order for the next car.

      • 0 avatar
        burgersandbeer

        Another member of planet blue here. Second car in a row in BMW’s OrientBlue, totaling 8 years in that color now. I like the color, though I could really use a change for the next car.

    • 0 avatar
      krhodes1

      BRG is always a proper choice!

      The infamous 328! is BMW’s Tasman Green, which is a medium grayish green, on red-brown Chestnut leather. The combination really works. My M235i is Estoril Blue, but if there was justice in the world I would have been able to get it in Valencia Orange.

      The color pallets ARE terrible today, but the dealers don’t help. I am helping my favorite gal-pal buy a Jetta S (5spd!) this week, and while in theory it comes in some nice colors, nearly all the dealers actually have are white, black, and silver. We found one in Silk Blue, which will probably be the one. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy. Luckily, this being Maine there is no shortage of stickshift cars to choose from. If you want white, black, or silver.

      Colors ARE highly cyclical though, I can remember when my folks were Jeep shopping in ’91, you could get a Cherokee in any color you wanted as long as it was green. Literally rows of green Cherokees at the dealers.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      I’ve pointed out Tanzanite color BMWs in parking lots before, and paused a second to look. That’s how much I like that color.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Never forget that the most popular color in interior wall paint for many years was a color that Sherwin Williams called: “Navajo White” http://tinyurl.com/z2voywn

    I worked in Home Depot’s Paint Department while trying to earn extra money to spend on acquiring my Masters Degree. It was frustrating to mix so much “off white” with a cornucopia of color choices surrounding me.

    • 0 avatar
      Frank Galvin

      Navajo White – I remember that one from my time in the trades. We called it the Landlord & Spec Special. It was the perfect blend to stage a newly rehabbed apartment, condo, and remodeled basement. One of the local home improvement outlets started selling 5 gallon buckets with a “Landlord Special” tag on it.

    • 0 avatar
      chuckrs

      Painting with Navaho White right now. And for some real variety, Linen White. We’ll go through a gallon of the Navaho and 3 gallons of Linen. I got yelled at over my last room paint choice, which was Faded Denim, a nice blue. Went real nice with natural redwood casings and baseboards. I do not understand why people want the absence of color, but there it is.
      Cars are Guards Red, whatever Toyota calls the intense blue on a Camry and Dove Grey. I think Ford Blue on some Mustangs I’ve seen is absolutely the best blue.

    • 0 avatar
      Felix Hoenikker

      Dan,
      I just finished finishing half of my basement. When it came time to paint the walls, what color did I choose?
      Wait for it; Behr Navajo White from Home Depot.
      This was the first time in over 30 years that I used a beige wall paint. The interior of the first house we bought in 83 was mostly a light, dingy “government green”. I spent two weeks repainting every wall some type of off white color. In the house we have now, every room is painted an actual color. So, keeping with the what goes around comes around theme, I went with off white for the basement.
      I did the same thing with the last car I bought in 2014. I choose white. The last white car I had before was a 1990 Ford Taurus wagon. Next time, I;m holding out for a light green or baby blue.

      • 0 avatar
        operagost

        What is it with what I call “institutional” green and yellow? They’re what you’d see painted on the cinder-block walls in every public school– especially the yellow. I STILL see that terrible yellow on occasion.

        • 0 avatar
          Jack Baruth

          There was a study a long time ago about colors that would reduce aggression… most of the colors you see inside a public school or prison are from that palette.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            That is true. There are even colours that apparently have an affect on bacterial proliferation.

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        One weekend there was a sale on gallon Glidden “Ceiling White” – which was of course dead flat white as you would want on the ceiling. I think I met every single landlord in the county that weekend.

  • avatar
    ajla

    It is all Honda’s fault.

    • 0 avatar
      Zykotec

      Not sure how seriously this comment was, but I remember when I owned my ’90 Accord 2.2 it had a darker silver colour than the ‘normal’ silver, and there were at least two darker greys to be had. So there is certaily a truth that Honda was/is very good at non-colours.
      The only ‘actual’ colours I’ve seen on those Accords (not including champagne ot beige metallics) were a dark cherry’ish red metallic and plain bright red.

      • 0 avatar
        sgeffe

        What about Hampshire Green Pearl?! That was the “brochure” color for those! (The Acadia Green which followed after the 4th-Gen MMC in 1992 just didn’t have the same shizzle!)

    • 0 avatar
      tsoden

      Of course it’s Honda’s fault. In Canada, Honda has the crappiest colour selection of ANY manufacturer. If you want a REAL colour and not a shade, you have to typically by a pricier model for that choice. They even have some cars where the selection is beyond terrible! (Yes, the CR-Z…can be had in any colour so long as it is white!)

      • 0 avatar
        Zykotec

        Honda actually has a reasonably decent colour selection here in Norway, but then again, they sell so few cars here it’s really a niche brand…
        Two different reds, one blue and two browns on the CR-V + all the grays you can dream of (and offcourse you can have it with a diesel and a 6 speed manual)

  • avatar
    redav

    I prefer colors, and I agree there’s a terrible dearth in availability today. My personal favorite (depending on the car) is yellow which is virtually nonexistent. There are some cars that would look great in green, but it seems hard to do a green shade justice. Neither that lime or signal greens look good.

    However, Ford had a great non-color in their Stirling Gray. One color expert at Ford said that they couldn’t do much about market demand for colors, so instead they focused on making the best black/gray/white/etc. they could. For a stretch of about 10 yr to 5 yr ago, they certainly had some great colors shades available.

    • 0 avatar
      Dan

      I thought Ford’s “Pale Adobe” on their trucks was one of the best looking of the non colors. It was close enough to silver in all of the street invisibility and indifference to cleaning ways but at least it wasn’t quite monochrome like everything else.

      It was, of course, dropped in favor of yet another completely monochrome grey.

    • 0 avatar
      rpn453

      You’d probably like the color of my buddy’s Mk4 GTI. He’s a body shop guy specializing in paint so he went all out on the quality. Giallo Orion with just a touch of green that shows up at certain angles in sunlight.

      I told him, “I don’t like yellow cars, but that one looks good.”

      “That’s what everyone says!”

  • avatar
    davewg

    There are still days, after all these years, that I regret settling for green on my ’92 Corrado G60 instead of the screaming yellow VW that was available.

    Please, please put me in a box if I ever drive something black, white or some variation of gray/grey/silver.

    • 0 avatar
      redav

      I had a black car for a few years. I will never buy a black car again.

      • 0 avatar

        My 300 SRT and Jeep SRT were Black.

        Stayed dirty.

        Showed light scratches.

        I prefer bright silver metallic. It looks clean most of the time. Light ashing yields strong results.

        The dark smoke rims look great too.

        My Red Hellcat stays dirty. I’m not as happy with the color as I thought I’d be.

      • 0 avatar
        Kyree S. Williams

        My Jetta SportWagen was black. Never again.

      • 0 avatar
        duffman13

        Black cars are so much harder to keep clean than white or silver. That’s the biggest appeal of the silver/greys – they always look moderately clean no matter how dirty they are.

        • 0 avatar
          TMA1

          I think gold is another color that always looks clean. I rarely washed the gold Saturn I had in college. The paint didn’t look dirty, it just dulled uniformly.

          I had a white car (Camaro) and black car (Mazda3) that I always parked next to each other. The Mazda always looked far dirtier than the Camaro.

        • 0 avatar
          iantg

          9 years with a black focus hatchback… impossible to keep clean in western PA between dirt, salt, etc. When I replaced it with the used X3 – my color choices were black, silver, or dark silver. I chose silver – people would compliment me on how I kept my car so clean which always puzzled me because this was usually in the middle of winter and I hadn’t washed it in a couple of weeks. Now I have a white 1 series cabrio… It’s impossible to keep clean here in Florida. So much road grime.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          Agree. Black is a terrible colour for showing scratches.
          My F150 is tutone. Official colours are Ingot silver and Sterling silver. In real life silver and dark grey. It does a reasonable job of hiding dings and scratches as well as looking okay a tad dusty.

          I look at any colour or lack of colour on a vehicle I want from the perspective of how it will look dirty or with a few years of wear and tear on it.

        • 0 avatar
          sgeffe

          Black is the best looking when it’s clean, but I’d be a candidate for institutionalization trying to keep it up!

      • 0 avatar
        Moparmann

        I’ll just leave this here:

        https://youtu.be/1m39piBT2vE

        “Black cars, black cars look better in the shade” Gino Vanelli

        :-)

    • 0 avatar
      energetik9

      My 911 is basalt black, essentially a metallic black. First black car I’ve ever owned. Thankfully the interior in Brown leather with matching metallic black center pieces, which is something Porsche does very well. My other cars are Blue and Burgundy. I actually like black. Yes, it shows dirt more, but I’m also a guy that loves to detail my car and I frequently do all the paint treatment to keep it looking great.

      Generally though, I stay away from anything silver and I prefer blue’s, especially on the darker end of the spectrum. one of my all time favorites was Interlagos Blue on a few variants of the BMW M3. I had a BMW M once that was LeMans Blue, but not quite as dark as Interlagos.

    • 0 avatar
      krhodes1

      My Abarth was metallic black, which worked OK on that car. The metallic part seemed to make it slightly less difficult to deal with. But I only got it because it was the least bad color the Abarth came in then! So many cool colors on the cheap Pops!

      Never again if I can help it.

  • avatar
    Nick 2012

    There is a Regal Peacock Green Metallic Chevrolet SS that I occasionally see prowling around my area. Simply stated, it is the best modern color I’ve seen on any production vehicle.

  • avatar
    Nick_515

    I knew that wasn’t your Audi right away because of the thinning lights in the front. I liked more the rectangular ones from 2009-2010. I prefer the rectangular ones, they have a more mature look.

    Late model Audi A4s come in a spectacular shade of brown. I saw one three days ago and couldn’t take my eyes off. I have seen about 5 in a deep red as well, and they look stunning.

    My favorite next car is a post-refresh E90, in blue exterior and if brown interior is not possible, at least grey (or gasp even beige). Black bmw interiors are hard to handle if you’ve been driving an audi beforehand.

    • 0 avatar
      kefkafloyd

      A friend of mine has an A3 in that particular brown (I don’t know the specific name of it) but it’s very much a dark copper tan that has a great reflection in bright sun. I agree that, for a neutral, it’s a pretty good color.

  • avatar
    fozone

    Forget about the exterior. Where things are truly bad is inside.

    Interiors are either a black cave, or a beige snore.

    What ever happened to whorehouse red?! or stark white with contrasting piping?

    c’mon OEMs…

    • 0 avatar
      redav

      Well, both those options sound hideous, so my guess is that no one wanted to buy them, and free markets being what they are, manufacturers decided to not waste money on them.

      • 0 avatar
        fozone

        Even when new back in the day, the Bordello Red interior was considered insane — and PROUD of it. This is my problem with modern cars and the OEMS producing them — they are incredibly dour.

        Go take a ride in an old Brougham (any one will work) and try not to smile. Over the top. Fun. Ridiculous. Hell, even the Probe was available with a mind-searing red interior, if you wanted it.

        It is like society has collectively lost its sense of humor and playfulness. Way back when even Porsche had checkerboard seats in a $50,000 car….

    • 0 avatar
      whynot

      Stark white interiors (can, obviously interior design matters) look pretty when new, and that is about the only time they look nice.

    • 0 avatar
      duffman13

      I have a Suzuka Blue S2000. That’s the one with the totally blue interior. I thought it was cool when I got it, but 5 years later it would be much nicer to have a black interior with pops of color (seats, door cards, console) than the blue explosion I have now.

      2-tone of either black and a color or brown and beige almost always look awesome. My wife’s Santa Fe interior is black with the baseball glove brown leather and looks great.

    • 0 avatar
      iantg

      When I bought my current car, I wanted something with a bold interior. The X3 had the token black BMW interior. It aged well, and looked good. I wanted something loud and obnoxious. I went with a 1 series cabrio in Alpine White with Coral Red Leather. I get comments often. I love it. That said, I love some of the crazy stuff Volvo used to do – like the atacamba interior on the S60/V70 R models that had orange leather and carpeting.

    • 0 avatar
      krhodes1

      BMW at least still offers good interior color choices. But yeah, the Jetta S is available in your choice of coalmine, coalmine, or coalmine. Though VWs beige is even worse…

      I have a Highlander for a rental this week. Dark gray on the outside, 50 Shades of Gray on the inside. It is like a rolling depression chamber.

  • avatar
    Whoa Befalls Electra

    Colors are a reflection of trends across a broad spectrum. Think about what clothing & home furnishings looked like when you could purchase a Cadillac in Persian Lime Firemist (1974 I believe).

  • avatar
    ajla

    Although I know we like to rip on FCA around here, I think they deserve some credit for offering 31(!) different factory exterior colors on the RAM trucks if you get the “Big Horn” or below trims.

    • 0 avatar
      smartascii

      I noticed that on the configurator. It’s pretty remarkable. On the other extreme end of the market, go play with the configurator on the Rolls Royce website sometime for the Phantom – the array of colors and two-tone arrangements is truly staggering.

    • 0 avatar
      energetik9

      That is a LOT of color options, but in all fairness, many manufacturers offer additional color options not usually listed. You just have to know about it and to ask. BMW Individual, just as an example, offers a multitude of additional colors and leather options not listed on the configurator. You can almost build a one of a kind if you desire.

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      Many of those colors are Case IH licensed colors, since both are owned by some branch of Fiat.

    • 0 avatar
      rpn453

      My brother-in-law has a Laramie in a purply brown that my sister refers to as “enchanted eggplant”.

  • avatar
    dwford

    Everyone buys the non colors because they are either afraid of what their friends and family will say if they get something more interesting, or they are afraid of the trade in value being diminished by picking the wild color. Unfortunately most people are sheep.

    I don’t have one particular color that is my favorite, I usually pick the car first and find the best color for that car.

  • avatar
    Chris Tonn

    I want a purple car, dammit. Like the technoviolet E36 M3, or Aconite on the MGB.

    Heck, when (ok, realistically, if) my Miata ever comes out of hibernation, I might paint it purple.

    • 0 avatar
      Flipper35

      My Cobra replica is candy plum.

      Our car is Blue Streak Pearlcoat

      Our truck is a pewter color.

      The 911 we just sold was white but I was itching to paint it Arena Red when it came time to paint it after we restored it.

      If I were to buy a performance car such as a Viper, Cayman, whatever it would be yellow. I also like the yellow on the Ram Rumble Bee.

    • 0 avatar
      Sam Hell Jr

      My tC is “Sizzling Crimson.”

      “Sizzling Crimson” is “eggplant purple with little sparkles when you wax it.”

      I have had several dozen conversations with complete strangers, all positive, none initiated by me, about the color of my car. It’s bewildering.

    • 0 avatar
      redav

      A coworker recently bought a purple Hellcat. It stands out, but the color certainly isn’t for me.

    • 0 avatar
      operagost

      Chrysler has brought back Plum Crazy, the best purple ever made, on the Charger and Challenger.

      • 0 avatar
        Willyam

        Saw that at the auto show, and in the strangest place I ever expected…Jeep.

        From a distance I thought it was just another dealer custom (I live in the land of $50k poseur-Jeeps and the dealers make serious bank with these add-ons).

        As I got closer, it also had eighties-era stripes on it (as I discovered later, the throwback look is very much ski-jacket inspired). As I read the sticker I discovered it’s a factory color. It’s name was just as retro: Xtreme Purple. The beast was called the “Backcountry”, though I’m a bit confused as to what out in the snowy woods would inspire that color, and how bad might it smell?

    • 0 avatar
      Trichobezoar

      Since childhood I decided that the iridescent blue/violet like the wing band on Mallard ducks was the best “color” ever, and I would never settle for anything less unless it was substantially cheaper. So that’s why I don’t really care much about the lesser colors. Meh.

      Someday…

  • avatar
    Frank Galvin

    My local Dodge dealership has a Charger R/T in Plum Crazy. I’ve promised myself that when I finally do snap – I’ll get the Fudgie the Whale tattooed on my neck and get that Charger. My ultimate F you to the world. Have I mentioned that working in higher ed with the ever increasing horde of screaming campus garbage babies is triggering enough?

    Seriously though, the fact that you can get a RWD V-8 in purple gives one hope. And if I do get something before the aforementioned snapping, it will be the Mustang in Deep Impact Blue.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    I will never own another silver car again.

    Car colors I’ve had:

    White – 6
    Blue – 4
    Black – 1
    Red – 1
    Green – 1
    Orange – 1
    Purpl(ish) – 1
    Silver – 1

    Maybe I’ll get blue next time, if possible, on my Model 3.

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    Ford changed the Focus blue from a brilliant and beautiful stand out color (Performance) to a dark, trying not to be too blue, blue (Kona). It’s really sad because I’ll now have to get a used one to get the good one.

    The SS comes in Jungle green and I love it because it’s so awful. I would consider it simply because it’s a color and I’d get a vanity plate that said “SNOT” or something for it.
    In reality though, I would get it in Regal Peacock green, which is the best color for it. Though I would need to see it in Slipstream blue to be 100% sure.

    • 0 avatar
      JimZ

      Kona Blue is actually a retread; it came out in 2010 but went away two years later when the paint supplier discontinued it. Apparently it’s back for 2016.

  • avatar
    whynot

    Ford use to have a great green on the Explorer (Green Gem Metallic) but I don’t think they offer it anymore. It looked hideous on the computer generated images from Ford, but great in person.

    Its very similar to Toyota’s green on the Corolla and formerly the Camry, which was also great.

    I got night blue on my Golf. I don’t see many Golfs/GTI’s often but most I do seem to be white, silver, or red. Surprisingly I think I have only seen one black one out in the wild.

    • 0 avatar
      JimZ

      It looks like it was replaced for 2016 by “Guard Metallic.” it’s not bad, but it’s a much more subtle greenish-gray.

      I agree, Green Gem was a really nice color.

      • 0 avatar
        Drzhivago138

        Green Gem is still available on the F-150 (it seems to have become a standard color since its introduction several years ago), while Guard was a 2015-only color, and has been replaced this year by Lithium Gray. I don’t know if that will be a one-year-only color too.

      • 0 avatar
        TMA1

        Mustangs had Guard Metallic for 15 & 16, though I hear they’re doing away with it next year. It’s a nice color, especially with the saddle interior, but looks awfully gray on a cloudy day. I’d like to see it replaced with a darker pine green or BRG.

  • avatar
    seth1065

    hey do not blame me, I choose Blue for my car in 2011 so I am in the real color group I guess, I have seen a Camary in a nice dark green and it looks good. My other car is black and I hate the color but wanted a stick so that was the trade off. I have no issue with paying more for a cool color, one of the benefits of my blue wagon is it is easy to find in parking lots and you do not see the color everyday, well worth it to me. I agree BRG and tan interior makes any car better.

  • avatar
    FormerFF

    Prior to going anonymous in a grey Fusion, I had a Mk I Focus in Grabber Green, which my wife hated. It will be quite a while before the Fusion gets replaced, but if it were hit by a meteor, I would seriously consider a 2017 Volt in Kinetic Blue Metallic.

    If I’m dreaming, I’d like a Cayman custom painted in a light metallic silver blue. Would that make it the J. D. Souther edition?

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    BigOldChryslers

    Not sure how they organized this list, but based on the World column(s), black should be above silver (slightly), red should be above blue, and blue is tied with brown.

    My previous DD (a RAM2500) was dark metallic blue over silver, which I liked. Given the choice, I would go with red, preferably a metallic maroon. I think the current Ram Laramie Longhorn in Red Pearl over light gold looks very nice.

    One color that I really like is Mazda Copper Red Mica, a deep metallic red with an incredible amount of flop. In muted light it is maroon, but in bright sunlight it gets an orange tint. I understand it was recently replaced with the brighter Soul Red.

    My current DD is a silver RAM2500, which is unfortunate as I don’t like silver except as part of a 2-tone combination. It’s the default non-color choice for people who are lazy about maintaining their vehicles because it hides dirt the best. That’s not me. I buy used however, and it met all my other exacting criteria when I bought it.

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    oldowl

    Medium to forest green, maybe close to British racing green. Possibly subdued red. Not: grey, silver, white, black, blue

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    I’m thinking of trading my Ruby Red Charger Hellcat for a MANGO ORANGE with the stripes.

    The Cops are all over me.

    They literally follow me around waiting for me to do something awesome.

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    Shortest Circuit

    You only need to go to the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, in the first or second corridor there is a wall full of all colors available for your brand new ’76 W123. From eggshell white, oily green, three shades of yellow from faint to mustard – and these are just the seats! :)
    Nowadays you have to pay a small fortune for an option called “designo” if you want anything besides 2-bit colors.

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    TrailerTrash

    The size of the car as well as the purpose of the car for me limits the color choices .

    The smaller and more fun cars like Miatas and hatches and convertibles all can feel more individual and expressive with aggressive colors.
    Reds, oranges and yellows all fit with these.

    The larger, more luxurious the car, the more subdued the color option for me.
    I like white…but the largest luxury cars, such as my MKS (I know, I can see the smirks and hear giggles), require more black accents to bring down the largeness. I had the top changed to piano black and this along with the blacked out rear window really made the MKS more aggressive and slightly smaller in size.
    White can also bring out the black accents of cars and this really helps. Window and window trim, grills and headlights look better with white cars. The darker the car, the more the black trims get blended out.

    I also like very well done pastel colors on the larger cars.

    Black, my fav color, simply gets killed in Florida heat and seems to shout out that it needs to be washed. But back REALLY shines up the best.

    Grey and silver should be banned.

    • 0 avatar
      Willyam

      Good points. When buying a late-year Odyssey, we wound up in white. Not it’s best color. I had to have the dark leather, as the lighter colors just seemed too Tupperware, plus we have kids. The tester we drove was the brilliant Bronze color, and every time I see one I turn, ahem, green with envy.

    • 0 avatar
      redav

      Another factor is the styling of the car. Smooth curves beg for shiny, ‘liquid’ paint colors while flat panels work with flat colors. All the highly contoured surfaces need paint formulations that exaggerate light & dark.

      There will never be a one-size-fits all for color.

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    JimZ

    I used to gravitate towards black vehicles, but lately I’ve gone towards colors. I picked the Electric Blue SRT-4 off of the lot, and ordered my first Mustang in Kona Blue. Were I to get a new Mustang, it would probably be bright red with either a black interior or the red seating/inserts. I don’t care for yellow. I’ve been kicking around the idea of picking up a FiST; if it was available in Green Envy I’d go with that but it isn’t. So I’d probably plunk down for Kona Blue like Bark Maruth.

    “The Mercedes SL65 is available in “Dolomite Brown,” celebrating the famous ur-Hip-Hop-comedian, of course.”

    I’ve brought it up before; go look at the color palette for the S-Class. Five blacks, four silver/greys, two whites, and a couple each green and blue which are so dark they might as well be black.

    • 0 avatar
      Jack Baruth

      Ahem, both Bark Maruth and Danger Girl have Performance Blue, which is eminently superior to Kona. :)

      • 0 avatar
        JimZ

        oh. I see Kona Blue came back for 2016.

        • 0 avatar
          Carzzi

          Kona was available only on the mucho-dinero Limited Edition 50th Anniv 2015 Mustang GT’s. During 2015 and 2016, non-LE Mustangs were available in Deep Impact Blue. DIB is an improvement on Kona: gorgeous with a glint of red in direct sunlight. Next year, DIB is out, replaced by Lightning Blue; Grabber Blue makes a comeback too.

          • 0 avatar
            JimZ

            it was also available across the Ford lineup from 2010-2012, then went away for a bit. My 2010 Mustang GT was Kona Blue.

      • 0 avatar
        Ian

        Grabber Blue is back for 2017. I’m partial to it, though I do like Kona as well. I was pulling into a car show Saturday and heard someone say, “I f’n hate Grabber Blue”…and it made me smile. It was an honest reaction, like it or not, it’s a striking color. I’ve seen the purple Hellcat, it’s unique, though not for me as well.

        Just sold my Chrysler 300s in black and got a 2015 328xi Sportwagon in Melbourne Red Metallic. No more boring colors here…

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    Rnaboz

    My ’13 MINI is BRG with Polar Beige Leather/ Cloth interior. The Toffee color had been discontinued at the time I placed my order. Also have the white roof with the Union Jack.

    My wife’s ’15 Edge is Red with Ceramic (White) Leather and Black accents.

    I have owned:
    3 Black (Ford, Honda, Subaru) Never again.
    1 Amethyst (Volvo)
    1 Lime (Volvo)
    3 Green (2 GM, Jeep)
    1 Navy (Triumph)
    1 Silver/Black (GM)
    1 Currant Red (Ford)

    • 0 avatar
      dividebytube

      Can’t go wrong with BRG – if I ever buy a Mini new that will be my color choice.

    • 0 avatar
      Willyam

      Man, does Mini ever get it. The only thing that comes close was the Beetle for a while.

      My favorite was the Mayfair edition, in Root Beer, with the tan leather seats in a pattern only for that car. I waited, and waited, and…dang.

      One day I have to pull the trigger on one.

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    Quentin

    FR-S: white w/ gold Enkei PF01 wheels (custom painted by my local body shop)
    MINI: white w/ black roof and bonnet stripes
    4Runner: a lovely shade of red that I initially settled on but now really love it. Not too bright, not too dark. Very striking. What has been amusing about the 4Runner was my father’s reaction. This one is my second 5th generation. My first was the pre-refreshed SR5 in white. My dad can’t stop raving about how much he likes the new one and said barely a word about the first. I really think it is the color that made him notice it.

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    BunkerMan

    My F-150 is a nice bright shade of blue. However, if we are talking about my ultimate colour, that would have to be a deep metallic red.

    I have a soft spot for an understated metallic orange, but deep red is a winner to me.

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    sportyaccordy

    I am a low key subdued kind of guy so I am OK with boring colors. Plus sometimes they just work. My 350Z looked damn near Astonesque in white, but I probably wouldn’t even have bought it in any other color. My current ride is a black Civic. Really sucks in the summer but it is what it is.

    Now for a motorcycle…. well, that is small enough that I could probably just buy a wrap for the tank and tail and change the color frequently. That is where I would play with colors. I just can’t imagine driving or riding something in one highlighter shade for years on end. That just seems crazy to me.

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    Damasconian

    Toughest decision I had when ordering my M4 was color. Went with black at first but made the switch to Sakhir Orange with just a few days to go in the ordering process. I am thankful every day I made that switch, and get more comments about the color than I do nearly anything else about the car.

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    stryker1

    There was briefly a purple Challenger, I believe. Ridiculous cars should be ridiculous colors.

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    Sam Hell Jr

    The problem with colors is that they need detailed (or “need detailing” if you’re not from Ohio).

    The problem with detailing is that you have to give a damn about your car.

    The problem with giving a damn about your car is that people don’t.

    Also, whatever happened to that guy who wrote the pieces about automotive surface care? Those were great.

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    So a green 2000 Elantra (that color was GORGEOUS when it was freshly detailed), a 2002 pearl white Sonata, another black Elantra, a red Mazda3 (ditto), and a black ‘Nox.

    I don’t think I want black again. It makes for a hotter car here in the south, and it’s clean for exactly six seconds after you wash it.

    We’re targeting some shade of blue for the van.

    But yeah, driving around I totally get Jack’s point. I think back to all those wonderful, bright colors of the 50’s and 60’s and wonder why we can’t have that back. Who decreed that shades of bland were the official color of adulthood? Are they some sort of subconscious expression of our desire not to stand out? I don’t get it.

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    Lorenzo

    My first car was blue with “arctic” white roof and woven plastic blue and white plaid seatcovers. My current car is all white, and my previous car was all black, both with gray interior. If I had a choice – and I don’t, thanks to the manufacturers – I’d have a car that’s black from the bumpers down, with aqua body and a white roof, with aqua interior and red leather seats. It would be easy to find in a parking lot, and nobody would want to steal it, because it would be a lousy getaway car.

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    dividebytube

    My wife’s MY03 Mini Cooper is yellow with black stripes that go the length of the car, and a black roof. It gets looks all the time, and friendly waves from fellow Mini drivers. It really is uber-noticeable and at first I felt like I was driving a parade car. Now I don’t feel so self-conscious but it took a while.

    After my dark burgundy Scion got totaled, I’m driving a MY09 Mini Clubman in white with a black trim/roof. It looks pretty good but doesn’t get half of the attention that the yellow Cooper does. I don’t get friendly waves from anyone. White just blends into the background more. I don’t mind since the color is more anonymous.

    About a decade ago I drove a MY86 Monte Carlos SS, white with that wonderfully 80s cheesy orange side-stripes. Back then it was too flashy for my tastes, and seemed like a cop/boy-racer magnet. I ended up selling it so I could drive a more sedate brown Buick Roadmaster.

    • 0 avatar
      Quentin

      I’m surprised that you say that the white/black Cooper blends in. My wife, 11 years later, still gets comments about her car at the gas station from people at adjacent pumps. That combo seems to have aged very well, too, versus some of the other colors she could have selected.

      We have a new Clubman in the exact same combo on order right now.

    • 0 avatar
      redav

      “My wife’s MY03 Mini Cooper is yellow with black stripes that go the length of the car, and a black roof.”

      Soooo, she has the Charlie Brown Special?

      https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/27/67/b0/2767b0c3e9de2f0b057e133a6c9a79c1.jpg

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    FormerFF

    Right now, I’m thankful that all the cars in Atlanta are no longer that yellow green color that pine pollen is.

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    S2k Chris

    Of the 5 cars I’ve bought for myself, 3 have been red (plus a ’98 Civic in that nice dark green and my current black DD). So I naturally favor red. Currently, have a red sports car, a black/black sedan, and a grey/black SUV (wife’s car). A lot of that is due to Acura’s restricting interior/exterior combos and tan/grey not being a color that works well in a kid hauler (wife demands black leather interior).

    My “dream” color is the beautiful metallic dark red that my mom had on her ‘2012 ES350. THAT was a gorgeous color. They are the only mainstream carmaker to really get that color right IMO. Even Porsche’s Arena Red isn’t QUITE the perfect shade like the Lexus:

    http://www.clublexus.com/forums/attachments/es-5th-gen-2007-2012/97292d1168624814-post-picture-of-your-es350-lexus-photo-2.jpg (not her car but that color)

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    Sjalabais

    I’m a sucker for copper colours, between brown and orange. Very few cars available like that, but Kua had something similar for a while. My first car, a 1977 Volvo 242 was just orange, and I bought it because of its colour over a burgundy 144.

    • 0 avatar
      JMII

      My 350Z is LeMans Sunset which is an awesome orange. When I told my brother I was buying a Z he commented that if I didn’t get it in orange we would no longer be on speaking terms. The Z also comes in Solar Orange which looks like creamsicle and is honestly a terrible flat color. Brickyard Red and Daytona Blue are also great Z colors. Brickyard and Interlargos Red are very rare Z colors, they sold terribly especially Brickyard because its more like a burgundy or wine color which tends to look purple instead of red.

      In the past I’ve owned two Red Hondas, a Yellow Honda, a Green Isuzu, a Blue VW, a Green Mitsubishi, a Black Ford and a Silver Dodge. My wife currently drives a Cosmic White Volvo C30 but it has the Java Brown trim.

      I hate white, silver and black vehicles… so boring. The only reason my current truck is silver is because I wanted a light color that stayed cool but didn’t want something that showed dirt like white does. So silver was the answer. I should have gone with two tone, Patriot Blue over Desert Rose, this is rarest color combo the Dakota ever came in.

    • 0 avatar
      redav

      Copper can be a great car color. Atomic Orange on the C6 Corvette is a good one, especially on a bright sunny day.

  • avatar
    DenverMike

    I’m really liking the Gunmetal Grey, with extra-flakes I’m seeing on cars/trucks, but drivers of these should really run their headlights 24/7. They blend into the asphalt in certain times, and if I ever pull out in front of a car and get T-Boned, it’ll be one of those. I’ll look left, right, start to pull out while looking ‘left’ again, and they’re right there, pointblank, out of nowhere!

    The Jeep Patriot in the below story, is a perfect example.

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    86er

    I will resist the urge to use this exercise as an excuse to talk about my vehicles, but suffice to say I will pick striking blues and rich maroons over anything else. An emerald green (with matching or tan interior) would be icing on the cake but I’ve never had the pleasure

    And I will not settle for a non-colour, as has been so aptly-described. Life’s too short.

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    omer333

    I agree with the sentiment that at least FCA offers actual colors for all of their cars. That hue of orange that was offered on Darts, “header orange” if I remember correctly, is pretty sweet. When I got mine, my Dart was in what they called “bluestreak pearl”.

    Most of my cars have been in actual colors. My Mustang was red, my Ranger was two-tone green and orange, 280zx was a gold-bronze, and my Accord’s in blue.

    I think I’m the only person who ever got a speeding ticket in two different gray cars.

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    Driver8

    Silk Blue is making a comeback on Subies and VWs and I’ve seen Forest Green on Toyotas. The only other common real color is a muted candy apple.

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    Maymar

    I would have loved the bright green Mazda used to offer on the 2, but when I’d bought mine in 2014, burgundy was the only real colour available. But, prioritizing a manual transmission and something available immediately meant I ended up with a dull darker silver.

    On the other hand, since I use the factory steelies and hubcaps for my winter tires, I rattle-canned them lime green (brighter and with more yellow than that Audi up top), since winter is dreary enough without 50 Shades of Grey in the parking lot. My wife even admits to appreciating that, now that we’ve switched to summer tires and she has a harder time finding our car.

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    kefkafloyd

    My 2011 Mazda 3 is of the “Gunmetal blue” variety. In shade or clouds, it’s a dark blue-green, but when the sun comes out it turns into a bright aqua green. It’s a really nice color and less obnoxious than Celestial Blue (which was a really bright neon color).

    Unfortunately OEMs and dealers don’t want oddball colors littering up their lots, so having 3/4s of the colors be a neutral isn’t very fun for me. I love colors. Purple, green, red, blue.

    I will give props to Chrysler, they at least produce cars with a great spectrum. I saw a great powder blue Dart the other day. What happened to that color? Powder blue is always a crowd pleaser.

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    DenverMike

    I end up buying bright red cars and trucks, even though it’s not my favourite, but top 5.

    I know it’s probably been proven false, but I’m convinced I’ll be safer driving a red vehicle, around ‘bad drivers’, half blind, distracted, medicated, etc, than a dark colors or black. I kind of hate yellow though.

    It’s true, driving bright red vehicles, I’ve had to dodge more bad drivers, not seeing me, than any other color.

    *Except* I’ve never been pulled over in a red car/truck. Are cops overcompensating, and purposely not stopping ‘reds’. Or is red the most invisible color, after all??

    Although as far as looking sharp/good, at night and low light, nothing beats red.

  • avatar
    Kenmore

    I like anonymity and grew up envying Crayola 64s so I buy white. Got all the colors in there.

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    TDIGuy

    Oddly enough, the website lists the interior as black/red, but the pictures seem to show different. I think that colour contrast would be enough to stun (literally) onlookers when you opened the door. Pfaff really didn’t spend any text though saying what they did to it to make it a “performance series”.

    (FYI: Pfaff own a range of high-end dealership as well as a performance and tuning shop around Toronto.)

    FWIW we have three blue cars in the driveway right now. Only one was purchased new and was chosen for the tan interior (the topic of a previous article) rather than it’s exterior hue. My car was purchased used for the price rather than the colour (although I wouldn’t have wanted black, white or silver), the third came as part of the deal when the mother-in-law moved in.

    My previous two cars (both Mazdas) were also blue. The wife’s first car (Dodge Colt) was blue, but more blue like a Smurf than a real blue.

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    Joss

    I had a Sentra SER in burnt leaf. Not a common color on a ho hum Sentra.

    In direct sunlight it looked metallic orange. In the artificial light of underground parking – crimson red.
    In the low light of dusk and dawn – brown.

    I’ve never had a color like that before looking so different in different light conditions.

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    deanst

    I’m waiting for VW to relaunch the Fahrenheit (orange) GTI, otherwise I’ll settle for Tornado red.

    I’ve only had blue, red or yellow cars before my current silver and black. Black can be interesting, but i’ll never buy a silver or gray car again.

  • avatar
    nickoo

    Silver is not silver is not silver…I will argue for the proper shade of silver all day long. Yes, it matters, yes, my autism is showing…

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    Jagboi

    When I was shopping for my last Jaguar the requirement was it couldn’t be in black, silver or white. Ended up with Chili, which is sort of half way between a bright E Type red and a maroon. Has a interior in ivory leather with mocha contrasting piping on the seats, looks very good.

    On the XF they do Caviar, which is a very deep purply-maroon metallic. Looks amazing in the sun.

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    omer333

    I really miss that weird electric blue/teal you could get on GM cars in the 90s.

    I keep hoping that “Nineties Style” custom car styles will come back. Y’know scallops in tangerine, or gray grids with a splash of fuchia.

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    Chets Jalopy

    Medium Aspen Metallic on my 05 F150. Still love it. The Gem Green on the new trucks looks a little too sweet for me.

    Also, check out the color selection on the Ram website. Tons of colors!

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    TrailerTrash

    Location determines color favs.

    In southern FL it seems 50 shades of grey all work on the old rich man leases.

    Here in my mountains of MO…it seems the patchwork combo is really hot.
    Doors, hoods and even bumpers can be all sorts of different color combos.

    It seems parts is parts!

    • 0 avatar
      nickoo

      In florida now. I would never own a car that wasnt silver or light metallic such as mazda’s current light metallic blue. Just too much sun to own a cool color like plum crazy purple or deep reds and blues.

  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    I wouldn’t mind having another dark metallic green car, but what I really want is an orange car.

  • avatar
    tsoden

    Classic Candy Apple Red!

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    dal20402

    Remember, kids, the dealer is the customer and the dealer wants low risk and quick turnover more than anything else. So the manufacturers build the dealer non-color cars.

    I’m always focused on things other than color when buying, with the result that I’ve had a lot of non-color cars (still including my silver LS460). But the trend is changing. First I got my Canterbury Green ’95 Legend, although I don’t especially love that color — too milquetoast. Then we got a new Ruby Red C-Max. My wife liked the red better than the black or pearl white that were our other color options locally. My 2-year-old loves it too — he always wants to go “ride in new red car!” We get a lot of compliments on the red color, even though it’s a fairly standard darkish red.

    I will agree with nickoo above that there’s a lot of variation in how good non-colors look. The silver paint on my G8 GXP was fragile but looked outstanding when polished — it was very light and reflected light in a diffuse way, looking almost like it was glowing. The silver on my LS460 is much more ordinary, although being Lexus paint it’s well-applied and durable.

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    onyxtape

    I’ve had cars from dark green, cyan, gold, to silver.

    Now we’re a 2 white car household at the behest of the missus – we’re so average. But these two cars do look good in white, so I’m OK with it.

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    z9

    In the early 90s VW offered a New Beetle where they had a stunning leather interior that matched the outside of the car, and even the wheels had a bit of the color in them. I had the green version, but the rarer orange version was really sweet. But those bright colors fade like crazy, so a long-term commitment to brightness really requires you keep your car in a dark garage. I think that’s another advantage of non-color cars; by and large, you can’t tell that the paint has faded.

  • avatar
    GS 455

    79 Lincoln Mk V Pucci medium turquoise metalic.

  • avatar
    burgersandbeer

    Dodge does a good job of offering color, particularly on the Challenger. Even the dart has two reds, two blues, and an orange. It looks like they did drop the lime green for the Challenger; I saw one of those in the wild and it was a bit much, even for a car as extroverted as the Challenger.

    Also, instead of lime green with black stripes, I wish they tried black with lime green or yellow stripes. Ford does the same thing with the Mustang; yellow with black stripes but not vice versa. Maybe it would look terrible. Hmm.

  • avatar
    burgersandbeer

    Ford’s Competition Orange looks surprisingly awesome in person on the Mustang. The website doesn’t do it justice.

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    kvndoom

    I’m partial to white for my cars, so maybe I’m part of the problem. :(

    I don’t like the shade of blue Honda uses on the Accords. If they had something close to Ford’s Grabber Blue (RIP), I’d be on that like white on fleet cars, I mean rice.

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    APaGttH

    It really depends on the vehicle as some colors will look great on a small car but just awful on a truck or larger vehicle. If I could get any color I wanted with no penalty for paying extra or on resale value:

    SMALL SPORTY CAR: screaming yellow or electric blue. The electric blue you saw on the Miata or the Fiero is a good example, always loved that color. Screaming yelllow would have a black interior, screaming blue would have a tan interior. A third choice would be British racing green, with white accent stripe, and a chestnut interior. Just an incredibly classy color combination.

    MIDSIZE OR LARGE SEDAN: Cranberry red or British racing green. In the cranberry red case it would have a tan interior, like horse hide, in the British racing green it would have a chestnut interior. For me a large car should be classy. I guess that’s why I have a white G8 GT, but I wanted the dark metallic red originally, there were none left in the country when I was buying.

    PICKUP TRUCK OR CUV/SUV: I’ve always loved the orange shades you see, like GMs Sunset Orange Metallic, my other choice would be a very deep blue, like indigo, or once again British racing green.

    Guess I like BRG

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    David Walton

    I recognize that this will (1) support the theme of the article and (2) illustrate my Aspie Nona fides, but…:

    The green color of the the 2007 Porsche GT3 RS was neither signal nor viper green; instead it was a new color named “RS Gruen”, with the internal Porsche paint code 2D8.

  • avatar

    You clearly haven’t seen the new Porsche colors on offer such as Miami Blue and Lava Orange.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    Colours schmoulours. I have owned a Royal Blue D20 King Cab. That nice Jeep red on a XJ, the redd appears to have black in it if one looks closely at the paint. A maroon 05 Sorento, White D22, silver (Nismo enhanced Pular)….. plus more.

    What I’ve found is if you don’t like white, which does look good on some vehicles, most vehicles do look acceptable in silver. White, then silver are the best colours to own in a hot country like Australia for several reasons.

    1. Stone chips! Boy, how and do they fnck up the front end looks of a vehicle with a deep colour!

    2. Heat, the deeper colours really suck in the solar energy.

    3. Off roading, I do believe manufacturers should create a “diamond” hard paint to stop all of those scratches and abrasive brush marks when off roading. White first then silver are the two best colours for an off road vehicle.

    Silver does tend to go with chrome far better than white, which goes better with black.

    A white vehicle with deeply tinted window, front and rear (legal here) goes really well on a white vehicle, especially the blue’ish tints. The metatllic’ly tints go better with silver.

    IF I HAD MY ‘TEXAS EDITION BADGE’ I WOULD TAKE A PHOTO OF MY SILVER BT-50 WITH THE TINTED WINDOW AND HAVE JACK POST THEM ON TTAC.

    WHERE ARE MY TEXAS EDITION BADGES????????????????????????????????????? JACK!

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      I owned one deep blue vehicle once. Once. Never again as much as I love the color. Showed every stone chip and swirled as bad as black paint. It also showed any light colored dirt like dust or pollen X100. It was just an awful color to keep looking clean/good.

      Love the color, but I’d argue even harder to keep looking good as black.

      Silver has always seemed to me to be a great color to hide dirt, chips, doesn’t show off spider webbed paint as much and if it has some interesting flake in it, can look good. GMs Galaxy Silver had a crap ton of purple flake in it as one example.

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        APaGttH,
        The vehicle that really taught me a lesson on off roading was my XJ (biggest piece of sh!t ever built).

        The “soft” paint with the deep’ish red made it a hard vehicle to keep pretty. When I replaced the XJ after 15 months of pure hell I bought a white D22 4×4.

        This might seem odd. But prior to off roading wash and “wax” your four’be. This reduce the friction of branches, leaves and dust/dirt/grime affecting the surface finish on your 4×4.

        You will never be able to not have an off road vehicle without the customary light and sometimes deep scratches. But you can reduce the impact greatly by just washing and waxing your vehicle.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      @BigAl – get a vinyl wrap for your truck. I’ve seen a lot more vehicles getting it especially Jeeps. It is fairly expensive but would save your paint when offroading.

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    ttacgreg

    I have heard that silver is the visually stealthiest color, if you happen to be a habitual traffic lawbreaker.
    If course ya gotta somehow turn off those stupid DRLs.

    What is it about red? Why does it preserver in an era of bland while / silver / grey / blacks ?

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    pbxtech

    So my wife was hit in our Soul Red Mazda 6, she was OK but the car was not. We’re getting older and she wanted to move to a CUV for ease of entry. I mention this because the CX5 has very boring colors and cost them a sale. The CX5 looks just like a minivan in silver. If they had a brown or an orange I cold have talked her into it.

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      I don’t think any car maker makes a better red, true red, than Mazda. Their pure red (I say pure red because it’s been called lots of things through the years) simply has no equal. It has always been stunning to me.

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    claytori

    Color is a touchy subject. My pet peeve is white cars. I think they should be banned in the northern parts. Because of Winter. White cars disappear in low visibility conditions. This would not be as big a problem if people would turn on their lights. But they don’t. Some even when it is night. The other issue is how depressing they look after rust takes over. The red stains running down over the white surface look really depressing. The best for this is a dark red or brown, say, approximately rust color. I understand that somewhere far to the south there are some benefits with white in that the car only heats up to 500 degrees in the sun instead of the 1000 degrees you get with black. Black is OK, but hard to keep looking clean. It is easily touched up, and most people do switch on their lights at night, along with reflectors, etc. I have owned cars of red, blue, yellow, brown, more red, blue again, more blue, then silver, black, grey, black, more black, and something called blackberry on the Saturn (very very dark metallic red – stunning when clean, otherwise black). Notice that there have been NO white cars. Go black and wash a lot, at least twice a year whether needed or not. I seem to be having difficulty convincing the government to ban white cars, even though I am playing the safety card. That seems to work for everything else.

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    Jagboi

    To me white looks like a fleet vehicle or a rental. Work truck anyone?

  • avatar

    While I obviously don’t hate it, I’d rather have my Accord Coupe in something other than Still Night Blue. The Obsidian Pearl shade available on the newer cars is more my thing.

  • avatar
    210delray

    My go-to color is blue, light or medium, preferably metallic. I also like red; Mazda’s Soul Red is particularly striking. I’m also intrigued by various shades of lavender that have been offered over the years (Evening Orchid or Iris Mist on the ’65 GM cars; Frosted Iris Metallic on the ’97-98 Camry).

    But I’ve often not been able to choose my preferred color, either because of equipment preferences or buying used.

    Colors I have had:

    Blue – 4 (1 current)
    Red – 2 (1 current)
    Charcoal or dark gray – 2 (1 current)
    Yellow – 1
    Brown – 1
    White – 1 (with blue interior)
    Silver – 1

  • avatar
    DrSandman

    My last few cars were white, powder-blue-grey, grey, white, & grey (none by choice). My wife’s were yellow, yellow, blue and green.

    I want a cherry-bomb red car. I care very little who makes it at this point.

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    A friend of mine had a beautiful emerald green – likely so-called candy apple green at the time – mid 60s Mustang that was a real looker. Another friend had an orange Road Runner which also looked mighty fine. The purple they used on the RRs was nice too. I’ve seen some great blues – deep, saphire or pearlescent blue. I’ve seen an import around my area recently with what I assume is a custom paint job. It’s an iridescent blue/green/purple that is quite striking.

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    Chris from Cali

    I have a Rebel Blue V60 Polestar and a white Golf R. Obviously, I’m half of the problem…

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      Tell you what, you post a full list of cars you own right here. Then when they randomly change later we can come back and reference. Cause you’ve made claims all over the place.

      • 0 avatar
        Chris from Cali

        Really? Here we go (deep breath):

        1st car – ’72 VW Bug
        traded for ’93 Mustang (for my 21st birthday to myself)
        then ’93 T-Bird (my crappy car in the Marines)
        then ’01 S2000, ’03 Evo, ’04 S2000, ‘05.5 S4, ’05 GTI, ’06 997S, ’07 FX45, ’07 A3, ’07 RS4, ’07 Cayman, ’09 9974S, ’09 GTI, ’12 Golf R, ’07 997S (yes, another), ’12 A3 TDI, ’13 RR Evoque (wife), ’13 S4, ’14 S6, ’12 Golf R (yes, another), ’15 GTI, ’16 Mustang GT, ’16 Golf R, and now a ’16 V60 Polestar for my wife.

        I currently have the Golf R and the Polestar.

        I think that’s all of them. Have a nice day. :)

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          I only asked for “own” which is present tense. Made that a lot harder than it had to be.

          • 0 avatar
            Chris from Cali

            You are certainly pedantic. Your point was to call me out, claiming I don’t own or have owned cars I’ve referred to in my (few) previous posts. I hope your curiosity has been sated.

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