Journal: Which Classic Car Color Would You Order Today?

Which Classic Car Color Would You Order Today?

Michael Banovsky By Michael Banovsky
October 23, 2015
14 comments

Besides wishing every new car was available with dark green paint, I’ve noticed that classic cars with original paint are often finished in a striking color. Be it a cheery ’60s pastel blue or a Ricardo Montalbán-grade ’70s metallic bronze, I often wonder what, say, the Bullitt Mustang’s Highland Green paint would look like on the rumored Toyota S-FR.

And why not? Classic cars have given us some of the most beautiful hues ever seen on a machine, let alone anywhere in nature.

A few years ago, I stumbled on nuancierds.fr, a fantastic enthusiast website devoted to the many colors offered on the Citroën DS…both inside and out. None, however, were as outrageous as the for-1959-only Bleu Delphinium, a color that is probably too loud for even a Pagani Huayra. It’s a non-metallic, almost neon…periwinkle?

An extreme example, surely, but which classic color would look great even today?

Photography by Afshin Behnia,Máté Boér, and Alexander Bermudez; Sourced image: pinterest.com

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Giannis Kokkas
Giannis Kokkas

DB190 Dolphin Grey by Mercedes
&
Riviera Blue by Porsche
&
Pine Green by Alfa Romeo

Pim Hansen
Pim Hansen

On a Citroen DS most factory colours look gorgeous, the French flair was at it’s peak back then.

If it’s done well I’m a sucker for reds and oranges.
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JB21
JB21

It just came to my mind, was old English white always called old English white even when it was new? Just got curious because I read that color referred to as old English white in the 50s literature. I wonder how old that name is.

Karl Muth
Karl Muth

The Nogaro Blue of the Audi RS2. Pretty on nearly every car.

Scott Allen
Scott Allen

I think a lot about colors.
The other day at Werks Reunion….I ran across a golden green, which was very nice on the grass.

I also like the old fashion grey, which is slightly lighter than the aviator grey audi TT….which was stunning to me.

JB21
JB21

The modern paint just can’t seem to replicate the color like almond green or old English white, French blue, too, proper one is difficult to come by. Even black looks different today than what it used to be. Alfa used to have a really lovely, darker shade of blue (that is not metallic, I think), that’s the one I would go for.

Derelict
Derelict

Water based paints are what they use now but a good professional using good equipment can absolutely match old paint shades. Usually if you see modern iterations of old paint codes that do not match up it is because the color they started with was off (age, wear, etc…).

Floris Scheurleer
Floris Scheurleer

It’s called Dutch Blue, Blu Olandese in Italian and it is gorgeous on my Alfa Romeo Giulia GTV2000

Chuck Pompei
Chuck Pompei

Alfa’s Yellow Ochre

Derelict
Derelict

Being only really familiar with BMC/ BL colors, I would choose between these:
Dove Grey
Primrose
Old English White

Alexandre Goncalves
Alexandre Goncalves

My Commodore has its original color “Hellblau” – baby blue

Citroen has a very similar color on its current catalog

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

I’m rather partial to the vibrant shades of the late sixties and early seventies such as the purples on Lamborghinis and a lot of muscle cars.
At the moment I’m rather liking Rosso Dino which was (and still is available today) a more orange take on Ferrari red as shown on this Daytona
http://www.dkeng.co.uk/Vehicle_Archive/543/Ferrari_365_GTB4_Daytona.html

Paul Ipolito
Paul Ipolito

War Bonnet Yellow or Steel Cities Grey. (1970 Corvette)

Stephan P
Stephan P

Giallo Ocra