My Car Quest

October 1, 2023

The Color Green

by Mike –

I love green cars and orange cars. But I have never owned a green, nor an orange, car.

Here are some of my favorite green cars.

Lamborghini Miura

Lamborghini Miura

Porsche Carrera RS Coupe

Porsche Carrera RS Coupe

The two cars above were at The Quail, A Motor Sport Gathering in August 2012.

Bizzarrini GT 5300 Strada

Bizzarrini GT 5300 Strada

This Bizzarrini won Best in Show at Concorso Italiano – 2006 in Monterey.

Aston Martin Soap Box Derby Car

Aston Martin Soap Box Derby Race Car

Yes, this was really made by Aston Martin.

De Tomaso Mangusta

De Tomaso Mangusta

I like green and orange cars but if all cars were green or orange then that would be boring. I also like yellow, silver, blue, maroon and occasionally red.

See more green cars in the slide show below.

The Mangusta photos are by Jonathan Root.

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  1. ScuderiaPacNW says

    Speaking of green as a vintage car color, back in the 80s and 90s we collected 1965-1972 Corvettes…owned 32 of these over a 21 year period…all different and all somewhat rare for one reason or another. We would scour the country looking for low-mile original gems…and find them we did…which was half the fun. Back then, the only color that was the kiss-of-death for eventual resale was green…in any shade. You will notice today that there are not that many green vintage Corvettes when compared to other colors. There are two reasons for this; green was the least popular color when ordered new…and many of the originally green cars have since been painted another more popular color.

  2. ~ the goodwood green ’67 w/ brown leather is among my favorite Corvettes, once a popular combination.

  3. ScuderiaPacNW

    Why was green so unpopular among Corvette owners in the 1960s? It can be such a great color and it is much more popular today.

  4. ScuderiaPacNW says

    Like many trends, green seems to come and go in popularity…but with the exception of British Racing Green on certain British cars, green has never really been on or near the top of the list in post-war sports car production…certainly not Italian or American sports car production. The blander end of the earth-tone color spectrum, (which most people would say includes the darker greens most often used for cars), lacks the modern appeal of post 50’s sports car designs. Green, like tan or brown, is just not thought of as a modern color unless you add some flash tones like neon or fluorescent, etc. which seems to have only fringe appeal. Imagine any Ferrari from 1960-2012 in green…it dulls the exotic modern sculptural lines of the car. Even the Dino looks odd in green and it’s gorgeous design can power through almost any color.

  5. Do you think this Dino 246 GT in the Forum looks odd? I think it looks great but you be the judge.

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