QOTD: What is the Worst Automotive Color Combination?


The topic of automotive color comes up here from time to time.  The topic seems to be becoming irrelevant in this modern world of silver, white and black cars (which aren’t really colors at all, now, are they?)  However, for those of us who pay attention to cars from earlier eras , color is a topic of major importance, whether we like to admit it or not.

We have seen endless debates here at CC about whether a certain car looks best painted light or dark, vivid or conservative.  Some colors have become ubiquitous for a few years, and others have appeared very infrequently.  Jim Grey’s CC piece on this Fairmont reminded me of this perfect example of late 1970s FoMoCo awfulness, at least when it comes to the color.


Really – did some designer open the refrigerator to see a three-day-old bowl of butterscotch pudding that needed to be thrown out because one of the kids had left it uncovered, and exclaim “THAT’S IT!”  Or was it Phil in Vinyl Development who figured out how to tint plastic to match the puddle of dog-barf on the kitchen floor, then got his buddy in the paint shop to mix up a special color to go with it?   However this came about (and it would have been impossible in any decade but the ’70s), I hereby nominate this car as the most awful car color combo of all time.

I believe that Ford called it “Light Chamois”, and am prepared for maybe three our our readers to tell us that this was their favorite automotive color ever.  Understand, however, that any positive testimonials will have to be accompanied by recent drug tests before they will be taken seriously by the editorial staff here at CC.

OK, maybe I am overstating things a bit, and there is certainly the matter of individual taste at play here.  So, this is where we open this topic up to the commentariat:  What is the worst color combo you have ever seen on a car?  There are decades of unattractive colors and odd color pairings to choose from, so let’s see which ones left you particularly cold?