We at MyStarCollectorCar pay a limited amount of attention to color coordination for people or house interiors.
We are not fashion experts, even in the loosest definition of the term, when it comes to color choices that really matter in clothing for human beings or paint for living rooms-but we do notice color when it comes to vintage vehicles.
The truth is MyStarCollectorCar’s lackeys (us) do pay a lot of attention to interior/exterior color combinations for vehicles because the right schemes absolutely make the difference for a beloved vintage ride.
Sometimes the vehicle looks like the mechanical equivalent of a guy on the front page of GQ magazine-and other times it looks like Krusty the Clown on Bart Simpson’s TV set. The right color schemes are just as important for vehicles as they are for people.
MyStarCollectorCar has decided to pick five of our favorite color combinations for vintage rides. Your tastes may vary wildly from our choices for color coordination but we stand by our decisions.
The first combination that always provides a warm and fuzzy moment for us here at MSCC is a maroon paint job and a light brown interior. This particular combo really jumps out when it is applied to a convertible from the post war and early 1950s automotive era.
The immediate vibe is style and class when it comes to any vehicle that chooses this tasteful path for their vintage ride.
The second combination that makes the grade with us is a black exterior paint job and red interior choice for a vintage ride. Black is a very unforgiving color when it comes to imperfections but its big upside is black goes together with a red interior like love and marriage-or a horse and carriage for that matter.
The third color combo that springs to mind is a variation on MyStar’s second choice: a black exterior with a tan interior. The overall effect leans heavily toward subtle class in the automotive field of great color choices.
Our fourth color combination begins with our interior choice of white, arguably one of the most difficult choices to keep clean for owners. The entire history of passenger behavior can be found in the white interior and may be difficult to scrub clean if the dirt factor is too high.
Nevertheless, a white interior is a natural fit with many exterior colors-including a white paint job for that matter. A white interior can even work with custom colors because it will not overshadow the exterior paint job.
Our fifth and final color combination choice is a red exterior with a black interior. The black interior may get hot enough to melt iron ore and explode cats during the hot summer months but black is a very cool addition to our list in terms of style when it’s bedecked with shiny bling and a red exterior paint job.
Sure the natural absorption of heat by black colors will turn the interior of the vehicle into an Easy Bake Oven that actually cooks food better than a light bulb, but an AC unit or open windows should provide a cure for the heat problem.
There are plenty of other color combinations that make the grade for MyStarCollectorCar and we will touch on this subject again at a future date.
BY: Jim Sutherland
Jim Sutherland is a veteran automotive writer whose work has been published by many major print and online publications. The list includes Calgary Herald, The Truth About Cars, Red Deer Advocate, RPM Magazine, Edmonton Journal, Montreal Gazette, Windsor Star, Vancouver Province, and Post Media Wheels Section.