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The Best Factory Red Car Colors Ever, Ranked

Updated March 5, 2020 9.7k votes 2.7k voters 125.9k views19 items

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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. Once you decide on a shade of red check out these great names for red cars.

  • 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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    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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  • A slightly deeper red than the old Rosso Corsa, used from 1997 to present day.

    Factory code 322, PPG 75250 and BASF 923604.

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    Used by any number of classic Fords from 1935 to 1969, this was probably the most popular red available during the heyday of hot rods.

    Factory code M1722, Sherwin Williams 7528. 

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