by James Kraus Porsche Color Combinations
In response to my November article on the rich history of automotive colouration in comparison to the monotonous and uninspiring colour combinations most often seen today (centering almost exclusively on black, grey and beige), I received a number of photos from owners of quite distinctive vehicles that took a stand in the battle against chromatic mediocrity. I am sharing the best of them with followers of Auto Universum in the hopes that they will offer inspiration to others.
I had mentioned my fondness of blue with red, and I have two examples of those to show.
First off, a Porsche 993 C2S in Ocean Blue with Boxster Red leather owned by Dwight of Carsinpedia.
Next up, a Midnight Blue Metallic 993 C4 with special Porsche Exclusive Flamenco Red leather owned by Bob and Ann Linwood who reside in the south of France.
This example has the full extended leather package, which involved swathing nearly the entire interior in soft leather including the steering wheel airbag and the instrument bezels
And here is the Linwood’s Maserati Ghibli Speciale. Please be so kind as to remove your shoes before entering.
Resplendent in Rosso Corsa with a Champagne and Black interior, what makes this car stand out is the fact that the interior contains not one square millimeter of carpet. Rubber mats, you are thinking? Not exactly. Like many fine yacht cabins, the floors are completely covered in leather. Diamond tufted.
Here we have a car that will bring a gleam to the eye of Martini aficionados, as it is visually a reverse-image of a pimento-stuffed olive.
A Porsche 930 Turbo 3.3 litre, it was special-ordered in Kiln Red Metallic with match-to-sample Olive Leather. The gentleman doing the ordering was Swiss racing driver François Trisconi. If you are unfamiliar with François; he came in 1st in the 2.0 litre Sports category at Le Mans in 1976, and finished 3rd overall in 1979 at the wheel of a Porsche 935.
In the 1960’s, most wealthy Americans drove Cadillacs. If these men happened to spend some spare change on a small German sports car, it had to be at least painted in real by-God Cadillac paint. Thus a 1967 911R was specially painted in Cadillac metallic gold for an American customer and the 911S shown below was painted in a Cadillac metallic brown.
Bruce Jennings was an eminent American sports car racer who won the SCCA C-Production Championship with a Porsche 356 Carrera in 1960 and 1964 and later in the decade became a works driver for Chaparral.
In 1967, he ordered a new 911S in paint to match sample and leatherette to match sample. The colour he selected was Cadillac Code 46 Autumn Rust Metallic, a 1966-only colour. Cadillac offered green leather in 1966, so it is possible that Bruce saw this very combination on a neighbor’s Coupe de Ville before he dashed his special order off to Stuttgart.
If you are in the market for, or in the process of restoring a vintage classic, try and seek out or chose a distinctive, non-cliché colour scheme. The 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s each had their own uniquely distinctive colours and colour combinations that add extra period character to a vintage car. If you are buying new at the upper end of the market, avail yourself of programs such as Mercedes Designo, BMW Individual or Porsche Exclusive to create your own special vehicle.
Go forth and embrace colour. Be not afraid.