My Car Quest

February 29, 2024

The Primary Colors of Classic Cars

by Mike Gulett –

I have a weakness for car colors especially green, orange, yellow and silver. But really I like them all, at least on the right car. The color can impact how we think a car looks and either bring out the beauty of the design or hide the beauty of that same design.


I have had a few yellow cars in my past and a couple in my present:

Aston Martin Vanquish S

Aston Martin Vanquish S (present)

Triumph TR6

Triumph TR6 (past)

Ferrari 360 Modena

Ferrari 360 Modena (past)

Mini Cooper S

Mini Cooper S (present)

Silver and Orange

Bizzarrini GT 5300 and Lamborghini Miura

Bizzarrini GT 5300 Strada and Lamborghini Miura – Both With A Front Air Spoiler

The air dam is what caught my attention on this Miura. It is similar to the custom air dam made for my Bizzarrini GT 5300 Strada by the original owner, Ken Phillips. This air dam is not on the Bizzarrini now but did hang on the wall in my office for a few years.

Bizzarrini GT 5300

Bizzarrini GT 5300 (past) without the air dam at The Quail in 2012

Lamborghini Espada

Lamborghini Espada (past)

Porsche 911

1996 Porsche 911 (past)


Scarab Race Car

Scarab Race Car by Lance Reventlow (owned by Don Orosco)

This is the Lance Reventlow Scarab race car. It is a beautiful blue and was originally pin striped by Von Dutch.

Iso Grifo

Iso Grifo (past) in dark blue


Here are many of my favorite green cars.

Lamborghini Miura

Lamborghini Miura in front of my former silver Bizzarrini GT 5300

Porsche Carrera RS Coupe

Porsche Carrera RS Coupe

The 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 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


Audi R8 at Sema

Audi R8 – V10

I think that red always looks good on an Audi R8, among other things. The red chairs in the back for example.

Black and White


Ford GT40 – Daytona 1968, Driven by David Hobbs & Paul Hawkins – photo by Bill Warner

Then there is black and white – a Ford GT40 race car (above) looks good in any color, or no color at all.

AC Cobra Mk IV

AC Cobra Mk IV in black (past)

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

See more green cars in the slide show below.

The Mangusta photos are by Jonathan Root.

The Primary Colors of Classic Cars
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The Primary Colors of Classic Cars
I have a weakness for car colors especially green, orange, yellow and silver. But really I like them all, at least on the right car.


  1. Mike Stellato says

    There’s chairs in the backgound?
    There’s a background?
    There’s a car?

    Oh!…those eyes….that mischievous smile….

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