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
Photo:  Miami Lakes Auto Mall

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
Photo:  Blogspot

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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Dodge Viper Red


Dodge Viper Red is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Factory Red Car Colors Ever, Ranked
Photo:  Mariamichelle/Pixabay/CC0 1.0

If you've been a teenage boy at any point between 1992 and 2015, odds are pretty good you're already familiar with this color. If you didn't have at least one poster of a red Viper in your bedroom, you never went through puberty. AKA "Adrenaline Red.

Factory code 73840, PPG 72840 and Sherwin Williams code 45963. 

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Corvette Black Rose Metallic


Corvette Black Rose Metallic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Factory Red Car Colors Ever, Ranked
Photo:  Corvette Blogger

A brand new color for 2017, Black Rose is also known as Black Cherry by Buick, and Deep Amethyst by Cadillac. As the names imply, this "red" certainly looks deep purple or plum at most angles. It's only noticeably red when viewed from straight ahead on a flat surface. This red car is certainly eye-catching.

GM code GGA and WA409B

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