Opinion: Do certain Porsche 911s suit certain colours?
Guards Red, Irish Green, Riviera Blue. Over the years, Porsche has created some truly iconic paint colours, hues that we all remember the exact names of. However, while we all have our favourites, certain shades suit certain Porsche 911s better than others.
For example, Rennsport 911s definitely lend themselves towards the more lairy tones. There’s something about a Light Yellow Carrera 2.7 RS or a Riviera Blue 993 Carrera RS that just works. Tangerine, Mexico Blue and Guards Red are also suitable choices for anything with the fabled ‘RS’ badge on the decklid.
By contrast, a Porsche 997 GT3 RS 3.8 in Carrara White or Basalt Black just doesn’t have the same visual clout that the car’s incredible performance deserves. If your Porsche 911 is designed to shout, it deserves a suitably shouty colour.
This colour optimisation works both ways though. Porsche 911 Carreras (especially from the 993 era onward) look plain weird when clothed in Mexico Blue or something similarly shocking.
There’s a reason why GT Silver is king on water-cooled Carreras. It’s the bread and butter of the Porsche 911 range and, as such, works best in colours that, while not exactly blending into the background, help the car to subtly slide through traffic.
Porsche 911 Turbos prove slightly more difficult to colour. They’ve got massive performance potential however, in recent years, the forced induction 911 has become more of a GT-style cruiser.
You could argue that Turbos actually suit any colour however, they work best in either dark metallics or something a little more eye-catching such as Speed Yellow or Guards Red. In fact, the latter hue is possibly one of the only paint colours that can truly work on any Porsche 911.
With their even greater performance, Turbo Ss fall into a similar camp to Rennsport 911s (though you don’t see many in the more eccentric shades of blue that are often sported by their RS cousins, maybe there’s a reason for that).
Meanwhile, classic Porsche 911s are better coloured according to their decade. Early cars from the Sixties suit solid reds, greens and whites while cars from the Seventies can be a bit more exuberant (think IROC RSRs).
In fact, the ’72 Porsche 911S I drove in issue 120’s cover feature – finished in Metallic Green with tan interior – was possible the most perfect colour combination for that car. I couldn’t think of anything better suited for that particular Porsche.
Of course, this rough guide to colourways can be broken. It’s always nice to see intriguing combinations – such as a Porsche 996 Turbo in Riviera Blue – but, some things just shouldn’t be allowed to happen, like a Gold Porsche 997 Targa 4S…