You got you Nardo Gray, your Laguna Seca Blue, Mint Green, Grabber Blue…there are a handful of colors that have seared themselves in our little car-person brains so completely that we remember their names. And while grey, black and white seem to have become the preference of consumers over the last decade or so, a great paint color can still drastically increase the appeal of a car.
Hyundai’s Performance Blue was an instant classic, the humble Chevy Equinox got a great shade of green called Ivy Metallic and I was actually inspired to ask this question by a little blue/green Chevy Trailblazer I spotted at the Speedway station the other night.
I haven’t been playing closest attention to BMW’s cars over the last few years but I have been absolutely stopped in my tracks by a number of their paint color choices lately. The Thundernight Metallic shown above on the new, fantastic looking 2-Series is monumental, just a perfect joyful color to paint a small sporty coupe. Their Sao Paulo Yellow, Isle of Man Green Metallic, Barcelona Blue Metallic, and Ametrin Metallic—seriously, go to their site and check out this paint. As good as it looks in the renders, the in-person depth, how it works in the light is really something else.
So, obviously I’m gonna hand this to one BMW. There are a lot of inventive, interesting colors getting sprayed on cars these days, but BMW is on an entirely different level in my humble opinion.
But what about you? What do you think? I’d love to be reminded of a darkhorse candidate I haven’t thought of. Is there a mainstream carmaker that’s been kicking ass on the paint front or am I missing some supercar shop? Which car company has the best paint colors right now?