Top 10 most bizarre car colour names

We pick out some the most creative, silliest and downright weird colour names

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Green Hell

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AMG's fire-breathing GT R is very much at home at the Nürburgring, smashing the sports car record with a time of 7m 10.9sec in December 2016. Handy, then, that the car's signature colour is named after the German circuit. We wouldn't want it any other way, even if the finish costs £7500. Yikes.

Some Like It Hot Red

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At least Holden was creative when it came to naming its colour schemes. Some Like It Hot Red featured on the VF Commodore Down Under and overseas on the Chevrolet SS before local manufacturing closed in 2017. 

Tangerine Scream

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'Gah! My eyes!' is probably where the 'scream' part of this retina-searing yellow/orange (depending on who you ask) colour comes from. One of very few colours guaranteed to bring you to the attention of the local plod, and is only available on the (now outgoing) Focus ST.

Avant-garde Bordeaux

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No, this isn't a flighty and free-thinking wine from Western France. Along with the 400,000,000 special-edition Fiat 500s (we counted), regular 500s are subject to paint colour names that barely make any sense. The 500's too hip to be nailed down by convention.

Ooh La La Rouge

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Toyota USA has recently been pushing the boat out to make some of its cars seem more interesting through any means available, including this, er... cheeky colour applied to the Highlander SUV, among others. Has it worked? Um...

Grabber Blue

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Our favourite version of where this shade of blue originated has the Petty brothers (of NASCAR fame) running low on supplies of their favoured dark blue, and having to dilute it. It became a huge hit among the Ford Mustang fraternity. Nowadays it has completely unintentional Trump-esque tinges to it.

Papa Don't Peach

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Pop culture references! LOL! OMG! Amazeballs! Almost none of the Vauxhall Adam's colours have 'normal' names. See also: Saturday White Fever, the Green Gatsby and Shades of Grey. The orange-ish colour here has since been killed off, but not because the Adam has gone all sensible.

DMZ

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Special-edition SsangYong Korando Sports pick-up named after tenuous zone splitting the Korean Peninsula that cost you £2k extra for a camo finish spray painted by what we think was a four-year-old in a hurry. 'A bit of fun,' said SY UK. 'A bit stupid,' said everyone else.

Plum Crazy

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Dodge and Plymouth went full-on in the '60s and '70s with colours that more than lived up to their extravagant names. Aside from Plum Crazy – recently revived on this Challenger show car – others include Sassy Grass, Citron Yella and Go Mango, as part of the High Impact series.

Detonator Yellow

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What's cool in a muscle car and muscle truck fan's world? Beer? Patriotism? Maybe, but nothing as much as... explosions. That's why some of Dodge, Ram and Jeep's butchest cars like the Charger, Challenger and Wrangler were available with this startling hue – as if they're mid-combustion.

This article first appeared on carmagazine.co.uk

 

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