Hooniverse Asks: What Car Looks Awesome in Orange?

Color is a powerful albeit random property. Most of us have a favorite color, hell it’s a go-to question for the unimaginative when trying to make small talk on a first date! The thing of it is, not only is color a very personal taste, it’s also dependent on its host.
Car color choices are sweated over by corporate designers, and are usually about five years behind those of the fashion industry, from whence they originate . Picking the right hue is a dicey affair, as everyone knows that some cars look better in some colors, and not in others. Black and White – the total presence of all other colors and their total exclusion – are standards that seemingly defy this notion, and are almost always on the palette. There is one color however that correspondingly almost always seems to get excluded.
Orange, the color, not the delicious and nutritious fruit, seems to be a color that doesn’t particularly work well on many a car. Oh sure, it looks just fine on the General Lee, but how about a GT-R? Today, I want your opinion on what cars actually do look awesome in orange. You can’t rhyme it, but you can define it. Let’s see what cars look acceptabe in orange.
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119 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: What Car Looks Awesome in Orange?”

  1. Kiefmo Avatar

    5 yo me screams at the top of his little lungs.

  2. Côme Ficara Avatar
    Côme Ficara

    Do you want your bug orange and black or orange and black?
    I couldn’t think of another colour for it.

  3. Bob Avatar

    This one:

    1. sc296 Avatar

      I absolutely love that car.

  4. Kiefmo Avatar

    I’m sensing a theme here…

  5. Lokki Avatar

    I’m confused. Do you mean orange, or orange?

  6. Sjalabais Avatar

    There are cars that don’t look gorgeous in orange?
    Here’s my first a car, a period-correct orange 1977 Volvo 242 beater:

    1. Kiefmo Avatar

      There are, indeed.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        Now that’s a well-made argument. You win.

          1. Sjalabais Avatar

            Moondisks, orange and a decent amount of chrome…so much right, yet the scale tips the other way.

      2. salguod Avatar

        I would argue that it’s not the orange that’s the problem here, it’s the horrendous wheels & tacked on vents.

      1. Vairship Avatar

        I really wish those see-through A-pillars had become a thing. These days they create such enormous blind-spots!

    2. quattrovalvole Avatar

      That’s a beater? It looks mint to me!
      Continuing the Volvo theme, here’s an orange C70

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        Gold is advanced orange. The beater above was not in a particularly good shape. After removing all the significant rust spots and painting them with rust converter, the car looked like a ladybug…

        1. quattrovalvole Avatar

          Is that actually gold? I have never seen that colour IRL

          1. mzszsm Avatar

            It’s Saffron 435 metallic/pearl and I have failed to find a photo of S70, V70, and C70 all in that hue next to one another but NOT head-on 🙁 It’s a very pretty Volvo color,

          2. Sjalabais Avatar

            It is a gorgeous colour! I just tried to find a photo I took in Berlin in december, until I remembered I missed my mobile phone just after Christmas…picked it up, but the SD card had found a way out, without me noticing. Anyway, this was the halo car for youthful me:
            I remember I had a speech in art class (mandatory in German school) about the industrial weirdness by Volvo colour choices. My female teacher, not interested in cars, was really excited when I finished: Golden Volvos with brown interiors and the C70 was even available with plaid inserts, if I remember correctly. That was very weird indeed. Shortly thereafter, Audi started selling their A3 in a very similar golden colour.

          3. quattrovalvole Avatar

            The young me first saw the C70 in The Saint

      2. Sjalabais Avatar

        Ad beater comment…I have now been looking for old photos (you don’t have to beat me into doing that, at least), and it served as a nice reminder that a car I remember so dearly was so…tired. What a fantastic time, more than ten years ago now. A flush:
        The freedom I experienced with this first car was endless. It would take so much luggage and stuff (once carried five people and all their ski and luggage for a long weekend – nothing on the roof). Took abuse without comment.

        1. quattrovalvole Avatar

          Thanks for sharing a great story about the car. When it comes to first cars, doesn’t matter what the car is and what shape it was in, the memories you make in it will always be the greatest thing about it.

  7. Kiefmo Avatar

    Cars with an outgoing personality can pull off orange. That’s the theme.

  8. XRSevin Avatar

    This thing:

  9. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    Bricklin SV-1 came in Safety Orange.
    I mean, at least it doesn’t look worse in orange.

  10. Kiefmo Avatar

    Anyone hungry?

  11. GTXcellent Avatar

    ALL OF THEM! I love orange – it stands out and screams “hey, look at meeeeeeeee”
    Maybe because my first truck was Hugger Orange.
    (pic is similar, but is not my truck)
    But what do I know – I detest silver/gray/charcoal/sand/mica and every other marketing name for gray, silver and tan.

    1. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

      I bought a hot wheels of this car solely because they nailed the Jager Orange.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        Is that yours? Perfect vehicle to park in a beach sunset.

        1. mzszsm Avatar

          No, but a now almost two decades ago GF’s mom had one. It was rad indeed.

  12. Manic_King Avatar
    1. buzzboy7 Avatar

      The one true answer. “What car looks awesome AS orange”

    2. Kiefmo Avatar


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    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      one of the greatest cars I’ve ever driven…

  13. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

    If I bought a classic Mini, it would be orange.

    1. Juliet C. Avatar
      Juliet C.

      Gold? Copper? Brown, perhaps?

  14. CoryOBrien Avatar

    Focus ST, in ‘Tangerine Scream’

    1. JayP Avatar

      I gave it a thought but the only TS was an ST3 and too much $$$.

  15. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    ’06 only Brazen Orange GTO.

    1. Tanshanomi Avatar

      My first thought. Pleased to see that you’re already on it.

    2. mzszsm Avatar

      Oh man if these had only come out when the C70 did, that is so lust worthy, I need to sell a kid.

    3. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      On Holdens, that colour was called ‘Tiger’.

  16. engineerd Avatar

    As a charter member of the Ornch Car Cult, my answer is ALL THE CARS.
    Hell, even a Pontiac Aztek is somewhat less offensive in orange.

  17. Alff Avatar

    Off the cuff answer … All of them. Everything looks good orange. My disclaimer – I even painted my house orange, to the disdain of a handful of neighbors.
    More measured answer … later El Caminos.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      Haha, that’s fantastic! I tried to convince my wife to paint our house in this orange last week:
      Instead, I ended up buying 30 litres of a mildish yellow last thursday. Now it’s time for us to start scraping off the old paint…

      1. nanoop Avatar

        Hehe… Next step from yellow would be a kind of red that turned out “surprisingly transparent”…

      2. Alff Avatar

        It’s not a look that everyone likes, especially in a neighborhood full of Suburban Putty colored homes. There are no codes in our little town but we were threatened with a lawsuit by one angry neighbor.
        No matter, my wife and I think it is cheerful and welcoming.

        1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
          Jeff Glucker

          It’s crazy to think that someone could get that upset that they’d potentially file suit… over someone with a little creativity when it comes to their exterior house paint.
          People suck.

        2. quattrovalvole Avatar

          That’s quite a combination you have there. Gen 1 CLS + gen 4 Legacy wagon? Yes please…

          1. Sjalabais Avatar

            So that’s two of six? Or was it eight cars now?
            Anyway, fantastic colour! I’m really enthusiastic about it. Whoever doesn’t get it, and even gets angry about it…hard to understand, particularly with so much vegetation covering the house.

          2. Alff Avatar

            Alas, the AMG isn’t mine. My buddy was visiting when the Google Earth car passed by.

    2. mzszsm Avatar

      Though I do agree that your house looks very snappy, not quite all looks better in orange sadly.

      1. pj134 Avatar

  18. quattrovalvole Avatar
    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      The S60R’s interior is really just stunning…almost incredible that they dared to do that! Grey plastic dash is a slight letdown though…Here’s what was called “brown” in the 164:

      1. quattrovalvole Avatar

        To quote RCR: “because Volvo!”

    2. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

      This 1975 Lamborghini Countach with the brown suede over orange. So 1975.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        I’d take an entire living room like this, please.

      2. Tanshanomi Avatar

        Wow, I just realized I need a suede dash.

  19. Greg Kachadurian Avatar
    Greg Kachadurian

    Volcano Orange on the McLaren P1 looks pretty awesome.

    1. Tanshanomi Avatar

      A McLaren looks awesome.
      …What a surprise.

  20. Guest Avatar

    Saab 96 V4.

  21. Alff Avatar

    Found this on my hard drive…

  22. theshiftpattern Avatar

    Saab 96 V4

  23. Jeepster Avatar

    Laverda SFC ( for Tuesday )

  24. Juliet C. Avatar
    Juliet C.

    Nissan’s Volcanic Orange is a great color. I love it on the Sentra SE-R.

  25. Jeepster Avatar

    My other 1967 Jeepster Commando, naturally !

  26. Jeepster Avatar

    Here is a fine orange 1977 Wagoneer over at Hemmings Daily

  27. Bryce Womeldurf Avatar

    I’ve always thought orange suited the 2002 pretty well.

    1. e46chris Avatar

      This is what I came to post!

      1. Bryce Womeldurf Avatar

        Orange you glad I did?

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  28. whiskey_business Avatar

    Volvo S60R. Both inside and out.

    1. mzszsm Avatar

      Could you imagine this with that interior? That would be something!

        1. hwyengr Avatar

          The perfect combo for an Illinois fan.

    2. Sjalabais Avatar

      Wait. Not an original colour, or is it? Seems so sharp.

  29. Moto Madness Avatar
    Moto Madness

    Is there some reason I SHOULD have a problem with an orange GT-R? Because I don’t, AT ALL.

      1. Moto Madness Avatar
        Moto Madness

        …is that SUEDE?

  30. Closed 24/7 Avatar
    Closed 24/7

    There’s a reason the presentation/press car color of the M3 GTS was orange.

  31. salguod Avatar

    So much orange, so much win.
    When i bought my Mazda3 off the lot (last 5 speed hatch of the prior year), all I asked was that it not be silver. Of course, it was silver. Had I been able to choose, I’d have gotten this:

  32. xadok Avatar

    mine, 1970 lotus Europa, roadster

  33. racekar80 Avatar

    Well Porsche of course.

  34. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    I’m not sure about Rover P6s in orange. They were available in S2 form in Paprika, (burnt orange), one here fitted with ‘Dunlop Denovo” runflat tyres on their special wheels. A very rare option. One car that is raced in NZ has also been resprayed a less subtle hue

  35. dr zero Avatar
    dr zero

    I always thought that orange suited these:

  36. Hammer Avatar

    Ford Focus ST, Fiat Barchetta, McLaren F1, Plymouth Cuda

  37. Vavon Avatar

    The Citroën 2CV… with orange seats too!

  38. aminel Avatar

    I’m a little late to the party, but I prefer this much more than its popular twin brother Kermit.