Car Models The Best Factory Red Car Colors Ever, Ranked  

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Who doesn't love a red car? Of all the colors known to man, red has to be the most evocative. The color of passion and love, blood and romance, the power of crimson has been tapped to signify everything from danger to lust. It's no wonder that car manufacturers almost always offer a shade or two of red for their vehicles.

The color red has been so important to automotive history that it was, in fact, the first color offered by Henry Ford after black. Since then, we've seen a million shades ranging from near orange to maroon purple. There are so many shades of red for cars that many of the more recent red pearls and metallics could easily be mistaken for black at some angles.

It's a strange and wonderful new world for this most evocative of automotive colors. But even so, the meaning behind it never really changes. Red cars always seem to evoke passion and excitement. No wonder red is often seen on sports cars like Ferraris.

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Dodge Stryker Red


Dodge Stryker Red is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Factory Red Car Colors Ever, Ranked
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Originally offered only on Vipers in 2013, this gorgeously shifting crimson has found its way onto a few red cars since. Notably, the Dodge Hellcat.

Factory code 936689, BASF code 897298. 

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Kiln Red (Brick Red Pearl Meta... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Factory Red Car Colors Ever, Ranked
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A custom paint mix from a Firebird forum. Its owner describes this paint as alternatively Kiln Red (Porsche) and Brick Red Pearl Metallic. Likely a Porsche base with red pearl and metallic additive. It's hard to say exactly, since it is a custom mix; closest thing available in the aftermarket is TCP Global Firethorn Red Pearl RSP UB2701 KIT-M. 

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Nissan Midnight Garnet


Nissan Midnight Garnet is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Factory Red Car Colors Ever, Ranked
Photo:  TruckTrend

Used from 2009 to 2016 for various models. This red car color is a beautiful garnet that shifts between bright red and near black, depending on the angle. Also known as New Dark Red, Dark Red, and Tuscan Sun.

Factory code 918176, PPG 918176 and BASF 761978. 

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Corvette Rally Red


Corvette Rally Red is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Factory Red Car Colors Ever, Ranked
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Probably the best of all classic Corvette reds, available from 1965 to 1968. Still as popular today as ever.

Factory code WA3395, Sherwin Williams 9534 and PPG 71491. 

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