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The Best Factory Red Car Colors Ever, Ranked

Updated March 5, 2020 9.7k votes 2.7k voters 125.5k 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.

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  • Photo: Mahoney

    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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  • 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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    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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    Originally used by Fiat in 1967, Rosso Corsa was used by Ferrari from 1981 to 1996. Perhaps the brightest red Ferrari has ever used.

    Factory Code 300, PP code 72489. 

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