Just as couture and for instance furniture, the automobile industry is submitted to the laws of fashion. Especially the colours of cars are strongly influenced by the taste of the public. And the public is being influenced by fashion designers. Remember all the brown cars from the late 70’s? And then around 1990 we had lots of white cars. Why? Nobody knows exactly. According to fashion experts, the colours that are in fashion start in clothes, then they’re adopted by furniture and then by the automotive industry. If that is so, there must have been lots of orange ladies garments a few years ago, because the colour orange seems to be omnipresent in the classic car market at the moment.
Take a look at this 1930 1930 Packard Deluxe Eight 745 that Bonhams is offering on august 18. It was the French coachbuilder Maurice Proux who built this exquisite Victoria body for the car. A restoration during the 1990’s gave the car it’s colour scheme of Indian Yellow sides and Siena fenders and hoodtop. The roof and the covers of the spare tires are in a light Ochre.
And how about this Bugatti Type 57? It’s from 1937, or rather from 1934, which was the year when it was delivered to its first owner with a Galibier fourdoor body. But in 1938 it was traded in with the Belgian firm d’Ieteren and probably that’s where this handsome cabriolet body was crafted.
We don’t know if the colour scheme on the car dates back to 1938 too, but it is remarkable anyway, featuring an orange-like colour on the body and a burnt siena sort of colour on the fenders. The car is on sale at RM Sothebys during the Pebble Beach festivities.
Also at Pebble Beach this lovely Porsche 911 Targa will be on auction. Yes, this one is orange too, but that is to be expected from a 1973 car. And it’s not only the correct colour for that era, it actually is the original paint. According to Gooding & Co this 2.4 T was built for the American market and was sold through the dealership in Palo Alto, California. The car is finished in Gulf Orange over a black leather interior and shows less than 81.000 miles.
And finally this little bugger, an original Meyers Manx buggy that dates from 1970. It has been painstakingly restored in its spectacular glory, and that included giving it a sparkling bright coat of orange metalflake paint. Bruce F. Meyers invented these little cars, that he built on a Volkswagen-chassis that was shortened by 14.5 inches. The light fibreglass body made it a fairly quick car that even with a standard Beetle engine proved to be a nifty driver. Meyers started building his beachbuggies in the mid sixties, but soon the idea was picked up in Europe and many factories there started building buggies. Though they were often painted yellow, red or bright blue, this orange colour is definitely in tune with the seventies. This buggy will be on auction on August 19 at the Monterey auction of RM Sothebys.