Geariodic Table Of Colors Presents The Car World’s Most Iconic Hues
It’s no surprise that national racing colors have long been a fixture in the automotive world. British Racing Green, Italian Racing Red and German Racing Silver are all apparent. However, the spectrum of colors well known in the automotive world is much more nuanced than conventional national colors. In a related article, auto retailer Peter Vardy published a full periodic table of paint colors associated with manufacturers’ vehicles.
While white and silver can often be paired with less extravagant vehicles, there is more to it than seems. There have been legends in the automotive space dressed in silver paint like the McLaren F1 and the R34 Nissan GT-R. Another honorable mention is Aston Martin for its Silver Birch color.
With such a wide range of colors on display, we were a little surprised to see that gray is the most popular shade in the world. In fact, the article says that last year 22.6% of registrations were on gray cars. While there are countless different shades of gray, Audi’s Nardo gray and Volkswagen’s choice gray were featured in the article. According to Peter Vardy’s website, Volkswagen gray is considered a staple for the VW Golf.
When the color yellow appears in the automotive world, many will imagine a Lamborghini. However, after crossing the less exciting colors of the table, lesser-known vehicles began to appear. Like the car, few people know the Volvo 850 T5R and its history. Like the T5R, its creamy yellow color is a little different.
Volvo raced in the British Touring Car Championship with its 850 car and produced mixed results. Aside from its dubious success, no one had ever attempted to race passenger cars with a wagon. With a creative contribution from the Tom Walkinshaw Racing team, the 850 was a mid-range miracle with several good results.
Aside from the colors shown in the article, what are your favorite automotive paint colors? Let us know in the comments below.