Auto shows are loud.  After hearing nothing but marketing buzzwords for a whole day, your ears will want to fold up and slide back into your head.  Your eyeballs will be getting an earful too; the show floor is a battleground for attention and a shiny new coat of paint is the oldest play in the book.  But which attention-getting colors would actually look good on your car?  Let’s have a look at the best shades seen at the 2016 New York Auto Show.


BMW M2 in Long Beach Blue Metallic.  This is the best blue.  Look how it gracefully slips from the aqua highlights into deep shadows.  The perfect M color.  The end.


Koenigsegg Regera.  Not sure what real life comic book villain Christian Von Koenigsegg would call this gorgeous shade of red, but it’s deeper than the Mariana Trench.


The Porsche 911 Carrera 4 is the “classy” 911, especially in this exceptionally refined shade of light blue meets battleship grey.  Porsche calls the shade “Graphite Blue Metallic”.  Unngh.  I honestly can’t think of a car that couldn’t wear this color.


There was a time that any fast car seemingly had to be offered in an unfortunate shade that can only be described as – forgive me – Pussy Magnet Yellow.  It’s as gross as it sounds.  (That time still lives on in your local Corvette dealership.)  Thankfully here we have the new Audi R8 Spyder, a bona fide supercar, wearing a more respectable shade of yellow with a bit of depth thanks to the richer orange tones in the shadows.


Even though I’m a sucker for orange, there are still ways to do it wrong.  Here’s one that manages to look fresh.  The new Porsche 718 Boxster.  Tasty.


Last but not least, the 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R M-spec Nür.  Straight out of your video game fantasies.  This Nissan museum example is painted an incredible shade of gold/green they call Silica Brass.  Most people will say the wheels match the body color, but they don’t.  They have a tiny bit less green.  Makes all the difference.  Love this car.


1 comment

  1. Hi Dave,

    I just stumbled upon your blog and I have to say that your photos are amazing. Really gorgeous and unusual, in a good way. I also love your article about car colors. It’s so refreshing to see how someone sensitive to details sees the world around him.


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