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Cheryl
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« on: July 28, 2004, 06:37:43 PM »

This is totally off-topic of racing, but over the last month, I've noticed that I see almost nothing but silver cars around here (Maryland).  Just wondering if folks in other parts of the country notice the same thing?  Is it just me because I'm so used to the bright colors associated with race cars or what?  I mean, I just counted driving back from lunch when I was stopped at a light and 3 out of 5 cars turning on the cross street were silver.  I noticed this on the interstate when Lou and I came home from a USAR race two weeks ago too.

What exactly ever happened to a variety of car colors being offered by manufacturers?  Or is it that most people buy whatever a dealer has on the lot and they just stock "neutral" colors.  

I'm know I'm weird, but have we really become such a vanilla society that we don't care anymore?  I know the last two cars I bought, black was about the only acceptable color that I found (and I ordered the last one).  Red was nice, but Lou wouldn't let me get a Grand Prix in "arrest me red."   :lol:

I'm planning on getting a new car next year and there still don't seem to be enough choices for me.  What happened to maroon metallic, a nice blue, green, etc?  Everything seems to only come in silver or grey (which is the same colorless color if you ask me), camel (bland as well), white (no color at all), black (which I'm sick of), and red or maybe a dark blue that looks almost black.

Cheryl "yes I'm pretty whacky this week pondering this kind of thing"   :?
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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2004, 02:49:45 PM »

I agree with bland color choices on new cars.  I see way too many white, beige, light gold, silver, etc. colors.  A few years back "hunter green" was a hot color and appeared on many cars.   Check the colors of late model Camrys... all bland (my wife drives a Camry in one of these colors).  How boring.  Don't know the cause of all this blandness, but make it stop!  (My Explorer is dark red.)  Kevin
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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2004, 02:53:12 PM »

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I agree with bland color choices on new cars.  I see way too many white, beige, light gold, silver, etc. colors.  A few years back "hunter green" was a hot color and appeared on many cars.   Check the colors of late model Camrys... all bland (my wife drives a Camry in one of these colors).  How boring.  Don't know the cause of all this blandness, but make it stop!  (My Explorer is dark red.)  Kevin


I think you hit on part of what I think the problem is: foreign cars!   :wink:   I think they started with these boring silver and neutral colors and then the American owned corporations just followed suit.  I mean, I understand enough about mass production to know that it's cheaper for everyone to only produce 5 colors, but it is just sad that the American public accepts it without complaint.  Just like everything else we seem to accept without complaint these days (i.e., no customer service, poor quality, etc).  I guess we really are "vanilla" after all...

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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2004, 09:35:55 PM »

From many years past, I know first hand how thick the Dupont and other auto color selection books were for body repair and repaint.  I also know that no matter how close they looked, different manufacturers used different colors to get certain hues.  The last book Don purchased in 2000 was over 7 inches thick.  If we didn't know the name of the color, I could look at the chips and say this is it; but him being a painter at one time would prove me wrong every time.  Don't know how thick they are today.  I do think with all the baby boomers coming of the age they are, they have mellowed a bit and toned down their desire for bright loud colors.  Here in Oregon, we still have a lot of older cars so there is an assortment on the road.  Most of the newer ones are the lighter colors.
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2004, 06:20:16 AM »

Yes, I have noticed a lot of the bland colors, but I think the problem is that these colors were once available only on expensive cars, a silver rolls, a champagne caddy, you know.  So everyone seems to think that now that they are available on affordable cars, perhaps if you buy it, people will overlook the fact that you are driving a ford escort.  (Not that I am knocking the escort, that's what I drive, but it is black, not silver or white or champagne.  Yes, I know, I drive a ford and support the chevy's, but not really, I like Matt Kenseth.  To be honest, I bought what I could afford at the time)

Anyways, this has nothing to do with anything, but Cheryl, your line about "Arrest me Red" made me think of a car I saw the other day.  It was a black BMW, with a personalized (not a novelty, but an actual Michigan plate) that read "BEER6Pk".  Yeah, talk about screaming to get pulled over.  How much of a hard core alcoholic would you have to be to get that on your license plate?  I can't imagine.  To top it off, it was a female driver.  That surprised me, and I don't know why.

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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2004, 01:26:40 PM »

I read somewhere recently that the most popular color(?) in cars these days is silver...followed by white.  I held out for an "arrest me red" Monte because I always loved my first car...a matador red '68 Camaro.  I was lucky enough not to get caught for speeding back when squealing tires meant someone was running thru the gears, not trying to avoid an accident!  Now that I've given up speeding...mostly, I guess I figured I was safe with the bright car. :wink:
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« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2004, 08:19:40 PM »

Our 'vette is what we call "Ticket Red".  We have been stopped 3 times.  Once because we honked at a CHP because we thought it was someone we knew but wasn't.  He just wanted to make sure everything was okay.  Once when we were in WA state because we had no front license plate  and he just wanted to ask some questions about performance and insurance and had seen us at a service station when we fueled up.  The other time was because he just wanted to look at the car.  We were lucky but then we know where the state police usually are so we obey the limit in those areas.  It is easy to know their habits in a small town and on a state hiway that you travel often that covers both parts of OR and CA.

My car is white, Don's truck is silver and our older '72 Chevy truck is  white and the old '35 Ford p.u. is two tone brown.  We thought we had just gotten older when we switched to bland colors except for when we wanted to feel young and we feel red is the only real Corvette color.
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2004, 12:51:51 PM »

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Our 'vette is what we call "Ticket Red".  We have been stopped 3 times.  


You wild woman!   Cheesy

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