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#404 of 454 Re: Colours: Blue and Black (and others) [imidazol97]
May 18, 2010 (10:15 am)
I was going to start a new discussion about this but I'll try here.
Do yo notice combinations on cars that either just don't work or seem like a really mixed message?
For instance today I got caught behind a recent Odyssey with a gold package. now I am no fan of gold packages anyway but it looked particularly out of place on the Ody.
I remember thinking this same kind of thing when they started making fire engine red Volvos. Same thing when I see a plain white Mustang GT.
for add ons that look really strange I walked by a Sonata with port holes on Saturday.
#405 of 454 Re: Colours: Blue and Black (and others) [fezo]
May 18, 2010 (10:26 am)
I loathe gold packages. Honda/Acura and Toyota/Lexus were prime offenders for this. It seems every early Lexus ES had gold trim, a friend of mine's mother had a late 90s Civic back in the day that was dark blue with gold trim - not cool, and the old couple who parked next to me in my previous residence had a ~2003 super loaded Camry that cost about 30K new that also had gold trim. Tacky.
White does show off bad lines. Think of a white bangle BMW, especially a 7er. Every weird curve shouts to be looked at. White has also been trendy with the "look at me" set - lots of recent white M and AMG cars, Cayennes, Range Rovers, etc .
May 18, 2010 (11:35 am)
the other day at a traffic light behind five cars that were all various shades of silver (as is mine). I am totally sick of silver - not only is every second car silver, but then we have all the lighter shades of lighter and darker gray with creative names.
What ever happened to cars with colors?
I have sworn that I will never buy another silver car. Nothing neutral in fact - white, black, gray - but especially not silver.
Problem is you get so few choices these days, and the limited choices that ARE available for any given model always seem to have to include silver (often two or three shades) and black, leaving precious little room in the lineup for real colors.
#407 of 454 Re: I was in line [nippononly]
May 18, 2010 (1:06 pm)
but then we have all the lighter shades of lighter and darker gray with creative names.
Hey, I resemble that remark!
The wife's '08 VUE is "Techno" Grey, while my '06 ION is "Storm" Grey. The daughter's new MINI is "Brilliant" Silver.
I'm with you in that my next car will be anything but a neutral color .. unless the wife says otherwise.
A few weeks ago, my wife noticed a Lexus RX that was a unique color - Truffle Mica (aka metallic brown). I think that color - or colors similar to that - will become more popular going forward, kinda like green was back in the 90's.
May 19, 2010 (11:39 am)
Just saw a whale of a new car, first one of the new model I have seen in person, and this is one that folks have been commenting positively on with regard to the looks.
The new Sonata.
It is so absurdly elongated, it honestly looks like a car that has been partially smooshed, like an 18-foot cowpie that has been stepped on by some giant foot in the sky. From other angles it looks like a large fish whose name I have forgotten (not the whale of my subject line though).
How could people like the looks of this thing in person? I think it looks decent in the pictures, but forget the close-up, in-person view. Sorta looks like they started out to style the new Taurus (an OK-looking if a bit anonymous new model IMO), but then went wrong somewhere along the way...
#409 of 454 Re: I was in line [michaell]
May 19, 2010 (11:41 am)
I wouldn't mind a new dark green car, but alas it is pretty hard to find one unless you want a Mini in British racing green (a possibility for my next car).
The lack of color choices has gotten so bad I am half tempted to let the color palette be the determining factor on my next car purchase - the Fit has some interesting choices, the Fiesta looks like it will, the VW Beetle does, and then...??
#410 of 454 Re: Colours: Blue and Black (and others) [fintail]
May 19, 2010 (12:36 pm)
"... a friend of mine's mother had a late 90s Civic back in the day that was dark blue with gold trim - not cool, ..."
Ouch! After I wrote the first comment, I was looking at my car and I was thinking it might not be so bad if I did some detailing work. Maybe a few small highlights in gold.
I like gold accents on a very dark blue, or most greens, or on a black. The gold on black was the JPS Lotus. Royal blue and gold were my team colours one year for hockey. I liked that particular combination. Maybe that was what made me think of it. Gold is a good general compliment for greens.
Actually, I do not think my car would look that good with gold accents because the interior is a light grey. A very dark grey colour interior, or a follow-through of navy blue for the interior would be better with the gold trim. Then again, if I had the interior follow through with the navy blue and added gold accents on the outside, I would have to add gold accents on the inside to maintain the look.
Going back to blue colours, there are quite a few that I really like:
1. Mark Donohue/Pensky/Sunoco blue from the Can Am/Trans Am days.
2. Subaru WRC blue.
Actually, almost all metallic blues -- except the one that I got.
#411 of 454 Re: I was in line [nippononly]
May 19, 2010 (12:44 pm)
unless you want a Mini in British racing green
As you know, my daughter bought a MINI last month. She's been getting all sorts of swag in the mail from them.
Apparently, one of the stories is that BRG was originally known as Irish green, but then they changed the name for some reason or another.
MINI also offers a color (colour?) called Hot Chocolate, which my wife really likes. She'd like the convertible that I get in a few years to be a MINI Cooper S in that Hot Chocolate color.
We'll see. I wouldn't mind a Monaco Blue 3-series convertible.
#412 of 454 Hot chocolate...
May 19, 2010 (2:20 pm)
IIRC that's a dark brown, a color which was popular on German cars during the 1960s. I've always wanted a brown 280SL or 911. It seems to be enjoying a comeback as I have seen metallic dark browns on a variety of cars lately, It seems to be popular on Toyota Venzas and it looks particularly good on them.
Colors are constantly being recycled, yellow for example hasn't been around since the 60s but is now common. I'm waiting for the return of a 1950's style Turquoise.
#413 of 454 Re: Hot chocolate... [andys120]
May 20, 2010 (11:53 am)
Local MB dealer had a brown W212 E550 on the lot, and I have seen a brown XC60 and I think a brown new style catfish FX, so brown is indeed slowly coming back.
I like this shade of blue, but I might be biased
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This color doesn't work for most cars made after the mid 60s or so. MB now has a color called "quartz blue" which is as close to a modern day equivalent Io have seen. I think it might be special order, I've only seen one or two cars wearing it. an E63 in that color would be very unusual, I wouldn't turn it down.