Hooniverse Asks: What's the best interior/exterior color combo ever offered?

A few year back, Audi showed off its R8 at the New York Auto Show. The color chosen for the display car was a gorgeous hue called Goodwood Green Pearl Effect. Inside, the cabin was delivered in a dark brown scheme. Combined, the two colors created an epic style statement. It wasn’t in your face, nor did it shout its brilliance at you. Instead, the green and brown pairing served as a notice that you can be bold without being brash.
What are some of your favorite color combinations? It doesn’t need to be on something modern, and I fully suspect that the best answers will arise from older machines. Shout it out loud in the comments below.
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50 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: What's the best interior/exterior color combo ever offered?”

  1. P161911 Avatar

    I’m partial to the white exterior with a red interior. It was your ONLY choice on a 1953 Corvette and the same colors found on my 1977 Corvette.

    1. Fuhrman16 Avatar

      I’m partial to the opposite myself. I had a Cordoba that was red with white leather interior and white vinyl top, similar to the one below. It was really sharp.

      1. Zentropy Avatar

        I have a ’67 Mercury that’s red with a white top and interior. I quickly changed those to black. The only white I like on a car is the paint.

  2. Victor Avatar

    Saw this color combo when the Mustang first came out , loved it. I have had two convertibles in these colors since. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2880e936678071fa1d9c29afa1e021bda65b79f90cb1a72cbdcdeead2bbe7355.jpg

  3. Mk1mk2mk7gti Avatar

    BRG over Biscuit.

    1. nanoop Avatar

      I’d accept a blue shade of same brightness over squirrel, too, but you’ve got the classic right there.

        1. nanoop Avatar

          That’s too oyster mushroom, I’d like more of a more chocolate squirrel.
          The blue is perfect!

        2. SlowJoeCrow Avatar

          That’s close to my favorite, although I prefer more of a saddle tan interior

      1. outback_ute Avatar

        “over squirrel”

        1. Vairship Avatar


          1. nanoop Avatar

            I just realized that there are red squirrels in Europe and grey squirrels in North America. I was thinking European squirrel for the interior.

          2. tonyola Avatar

            Good thing you meant color and not fur – otherwise, you’d have to do in a *lot* of squirrels to do the interior and PETA would be all over you.

          3. outback_ute Avatar

            Ha, that reminds of a friend saying “what do you mean Big Bird isn’t blue?”
            Apparently in the Netherlands he is!

          4. nanoop Avatar

            That must be a PAL/SECAM issue, I had a similar exchange about the fur of the aliens in Sesame Street (which are dubbed btw, yip yip obviously translates into nork nork…)

          5. outback_ute Avatar

            No I think they did their own version of Sesame Street

          6. nanoop Avatar

            That is possible, and even better as a business: instead of selling just footage for dubbing to a foreign network you sell them puppets, puppeteer training, stories too – and still own the brand.

    2. P161911 Avatar

      Not a great car, but a nice color combo, my 1996 Z-28 convertible was similar.
      (not my car shown)

      1. GTXcellent Avatar

        MiSSus GTXcellent bought her ’03 Miata from 2 states away just to get the same combo
        (also not her car)

  4. tonyola Avatar

    Although I’m not a huge fan of Malaise Lincolns, the color scheme on the 1979 Bill Blass Mark V is nothing short of stunning. Shame about the faux-convertible roof – it should have been painted white. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/68cd01c5a102e80688387a329c6ff9b4e9f11a95c528c32c1398599ac311ec2b.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5b66552e3ce1e0b019cd7469f363fa497c2972fd069adcd4b8eac186eaa231ee.jpg

  5. 0A5599 Avatar

    Ruxton’s use of several coordinated shades from the same pallette.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      That is a lot of work to get it right. Nice.

      1. tonyola Avatar

        You could also get a striped Ruxton in red or this delicious-looking brown. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bfcaec724533f06e4e35a06373228cd236a436eaab88f00befeb7bab8e3bf0ea.jpg

        1. Sjalabais Avatar

          You got me sold. When a car dealer can ask the same question as a soft ice salesperson: “What kind of topping do you want?”.

    2. Zentropy Avatar

      That is heinous.

  6. onrails Avatar

    Not sure I’ll ever own this combo again. Had it on our HHR through 2 kids in infant/toddler phase. It wasn’t pretty at the end…. But navy/tan has always been a looker for me.

  7. Dan Mosqueda Avatar
    Dan Mosqueda

    I’d go for either Green and Tan, as presented above. Or my other favorite is Dark Blue with Tan/Creme interior.

  8. Sjalabais Avatar

    I am one for earthy tones, deep greens, browns and such. But there’s one Aston Martin featured on BaT a couple of months ago that I just can’t get out of my head. Painted in a bottomless, satisfying purple, with leather and wood in such a delicious colour, I want to just grab and hold on to that interior:

    Sir David Brown’s Touring-Bodied Prototype: 1961 Lagonda Rapide


    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      Wow, that is awesome

    2. nanoop Avatar

      That interior is what I want with a profound blue, but dark aubergine is fantastic!

    3. Zentropy Avatar


  9. 0A5599 Avatar

    How to make a pink car not look feminine.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      …if it had two side-by-side hood air intakes though…

    2. JayP Avatar

      I found a late model Challenger Fuchsia with the limited white interior in Austin. Very tempting.

    3. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      Pink was a signature colour on Holden’s Bathurst homologation special Holden Torana GTR XU1.
      This one still gets raced locally to me.

  10. outback_ute Avatar

    The Aston Martin green & oxblood red interior on the Aston DBS restored by the For the Love of Cars tv show worked well.

  11. I_Borgward Avatar

    Black with a tomato red interior does it for me. Chevy used this shade of red back in the early 60’s, which is the standard by which I judge a red interior to this day.

    1. JayP Avatar

      Ford never offered the red leather interior in the Legend Lime S197.
      It’d be a little over the top, more like a frog than a pony.

    2. salguod Avatar

      My T’bird:
      #3 done & ready for cars & coffee next week.
      Black is hard to keep clean, but boy it looks good when it is.

  12. ptschett Avatar

    I’m partial to a blue car (but of course) with a white interior and blue carpet, dash & console. Like the car shown here that was recently for sale and practically a twin to the ’73 Cougar that I had, or like my parents’ ’92 Cadillac Seville they had for a few years in the mid-’90’s.

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      I’d call that cream rather than white, and it is much better for it. Works with a lot of colours.

  13. Zentropy Avatar

    Grey with baseball glove leather interior is appealing.

    1. JayP Avatar

      Nimbus Grey with Baseball Stitching is iconic. That really set the tone for the Mk1 TT.

      1. Zentropy Avatar

        I just wish I could link visible pictures without them showing up as hypertext. And when I try to upload images, it says I need to be logged in, even if I am already. Incompetence with computers is a definite sign of aging…

  14. salguod Avatar

    Audi also did the R8 in this lovely brown with the light tan interior:

  15. salguod Avatar

    I learned to Drive on Dad’s ’77 Cutlass Supreme in “mandarin orange metallic” with “light buckskin” top and accents. Like this one, but no T-tops (sadly) and with matching tan wide body side mouldings too.

  16. SoldierofaDifferentStripe Avatar

    What could be better than a Series I E Type in BRG with a biscuit interior?