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Silver/Gray vehicles. An automotive colors study description reads: "Unobtrusive and seeks to blend in". The least amount of awareness factor for other drivers to register visually and be cognizant of. Fairly unpopular compared to nearly all other colors unless it's a traditional Porsche, of coursha.
Yeah, those silver Mustangs are real wallflowers, very shy and unobtrusive.


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Somewhat switching topics, but after searching what smoke silver gray fastback look like I think I’m going back to the original color and keeping the black interior. With a nice paint job and the right wheel/tire combo I think this color looks phenomenal!
Red interior looks dynamite with SSG as well, so either way you go, you'll have a winner..
Would love to do a full red interior conversion...may still need to do it even if I stay with SSG. Funny how I hated red interior in the Foxbody and Sn95 mustangs but for some reason it looks great in these classics!

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My ‘65 FB is SSG with white interior. Well...at least it will be that again some day. BTW, don’t freak out when you learn that SSG has a lot of green in it.
I’m ok with the green...really gives that silver a nice hue!
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If you want a good spot to look for original paint check underneath the trunk latch striker! Mark position with blue tape for re-install (the slots are adjustable and it will save a lot of time).

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Yeah, those silver Mustangs are real wallflowers, very shy and unobtrusive.
I didn't conduct the study, David.
White: Elegant
Black: Sophisticated and powerful
Green: Nature/Natural
Blue: Maternal/Soothing
Red: Arrogant and Aggressive
Yellow: Same as Red
Silver/Grey: Unobtrusive/Seeks to blend in
Burgundy/Maroon: Wealth and Richness
Brown: Staid and Consistent
Gold: Ostentatious/Showy
Turquoise: Selective/Rare

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Truly, those colors may represent some of these things on an 'average' car. But who would ever call a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud something trying to blend in? Or Grabber Blue being maternal? And I'm pretty sure that Plum Crazy on a '70 Challenger didn't mean "wealth and richness". For that matter, the "Peeling Chalky White" on my poor Cougar does not equate to richness.


A car's color scheme is just like anything else. The right color, in context, can make it look better, worse, or project something that the owner wants to convey. The study is flawed at best. But it's interesting!
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...or project something that the owner wants to convey.
I think you hit on a big part of it there. Color choice isn't always how people see themselves personally, but sometimes how they wish to be perceived by others (which may be contrary). Like the little old lady who says; "Ooh, I love that red one, but I just can't. What would the neighbors think of me?" Some folk don't give a hoot about color at all. They may seek a particular model only and are okay with whatever they can find, even if it's baby poop brown. And yes, Grabber Blue would seem to fall into that red/yellow/orange realm.
As for Rolls Royce Silver clouds, here's one:
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... even if it's baby poop brown. :
Hahaha ! ! Please reserve all Baby Poop Brown (also has a bit of green) for the period-correct 1970s models ! !
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I didn't conduct the study, David.
White: Elegant
Black: Sophisticated and powerful
Green: Nature/Natural
Blue: Maternal/Soothing
Red: Arrogant and Aggressive
Yellow: Same as Red
Silver/Grey: Unobtrusive/Seeks to blend in
Burgundy/Maroon: Wealth and Richness
Brown: Staid and Consistent
Gold: Ostentatious/Showy
Turquoise: Selective/Rare
Well, the point would be who did? And what was the methodology?

In the car business, certain colors have a reputation, such as "resale red" and "no sale silver". Silver paint has little pigment compared to other colors, and for many years would deteriorate in the sun very quickly. The original color of my car is Silver Blue, which I liked, but would only last 3-4 years in daily use before it needed repainting. I finally changed it to Wimbledon White, and it basically never went bad.

Improvements in paint technology have made it possible to keep silver paint from quickly degrading.

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I stay away from silvers. The color is to close to the color of the road and difficult to see/be seen in cloudy, wet, dawn/dusk conditions.
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I believe my 67 has the original data plate. Maybe I should say the data plate looks original to the door.

Exterior color is stamped from the back M8.

M = Wimbledon White

8 = Springtime Yellow

The PO says the car is Wimbledon White, I say it looks to dark to be Wimbledon White and not yellow enough to be Springtime Yellow. So IDK, its a mystery.

Im in Georgia, my car has a Atlanta DSO, Im sure it has changed hands many times and had extensive work done on it over the years.

Everything else on the data plate matches up.
Lots of times the stampings don't line up correctly with the labels so maybe it's possible the "8" belongs somewhere else? Got a photo?

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Would love to do a full red interior conversion...may still need to do it even if I stay with SSG. Funny how I hated red interior in the Foxbody and Sn95 mustangs but for some reason it looks great in these classics!
For me, one of the greatest features/characteristics of 50's/60's/70's cars (I'm speaking in general, not just Mustang alone), is that the manufacturers gave consumers SO MANY crazy and wild choices for interior trims and colors! You could go blue, or green, or white, or red, or tan, or even sometimes bright yellow or orange... You could do all-vinyl, leather, comfortweave, cloths, crazy/beautiful embroidered fabrics, PLAID, etc.. There was so much choice, such that if you special-ordered, you could truly make your car "your car".

These days, you get black, gray or tan... Mostly in leather that's not really leather (it's vinyl-coated). If you want to get a red, or green, or blue interior, you've got to special-order with a German, British or Italian manufacturer, and be ready to scratch a 6-figure check. It's the only way you can buy a new vehicle that's truly personalized and relatively unique.

So when I commonly see guys, yanking their factory original blue or red or white interiors, and replacing it all with black... For me, I just don't get it.. That's taking one of the neatest aspects/personalities of 60's/70's Mustangs, and tossing it in favor of the same cave-like black cabin you get standard in any car today.

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For me, one of the greatest features/characteristics of 50's/60's/70's cars (I'm speaking in general, not just Mustang alone), is that the manufacturers gave consumers SO MANY crazy and wild choices for interior trims and colors! You could go blue, or green, or white, or red, or tan, or even sometimes bright yellow or orange... You could do all-vinyl, leather, comfortweave, cloths, crazy/beautiful embroidered fabrics, PLAID, etc.. There was so much choice, such that if you special-ordered, you could truly make your car "your car".

These days, you get black, gray or tan... Mostly in leather that's not really leather (it's vinyl-coated). If you want to get a red, or green, or blue interior, you've got to special-order with a German, British or Italian manufacturer, and be ready to scratch a 6-figure check. It's the only way you can buy a new vehicle that's truly personalized and relatively unique.

So when I commonly see guys, yanking their factory original blue or red or white interiors, and replacing it all with black... For me, I just don't get it.. That's taking one of the neatest aspects/personalities of 60's/70's Mustangs, and tossing it in favor of the same cave-like black cabin you get standard in any car today.

When in Rome.....
Man! You said it in a nutshell. The other thing that's missing in today's car buying/owning experience is STYLING. It used to be a form of art. Nowadays unless you can see the manufacturers name or logo it's hard to tell just what kind of "blob on 4 wheels" you might see.... it could be a Mercedes or it could be a Kia....
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I completely agree that these cars are special because they can and did come in a very wide variety of color combinations. In my situation, I will have the standard black interior which I’m highly considering pulling out to change to all red. I’m just a bit hesitant for two reasons:

1. I’ve seen some color swapped interiors and some of the plastic panels look awful after they’re pinted (though this could have well been due to poor workmanship).

2. I’m somewhat of a purist and appreciate cars that retain their “original” look to a certain extent.

Whichever way I end up going, it will end up being a process and actually a “good problem” to have 😄

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