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A Car of Many Colours

A Car of Many Colours

Since the dawn of time and down through the ages, colour has played an important and essential part of life. Joseph had his Technicolor Coat, Robin Hood his hose – a form of trousering, incidentally, and not something you wash the car with – of Lincoln Green and so on. OK, I know these aren’t actual proven facts but this is a blog not a history lesson and they make the point. Colour is rife in nature; red, for example, means danger: white stilettos mean something else entirely. Let’s not go there.

These days we tend to categorise people and things by colour. Pink for girls and blue for boys is an obvious example, so it is no surprise that car manufacturers now offer their products in a riot of rainbow options for us to choose from. Henry Ford wrote in his autobiography when referring to the Model T that “Any customer can have a car painted any color [sic] that he wants so long as it is black”. Thankfully, we’ve moved on from there.

That’s the good news. Now for the bad. The colour of the new car you choose says a lot about you as a person. A red car says you are a daredevil, a bit of a rascal. It makes you want to go fast and, in men, appears to enhance virility. It also stands out like a beacon to the cops. There’s even been a suggestion that insurance companies frown upon red for the aforementioned reasons. How about Orange cars? You don’t see many of those about, do you? That’s because it is the choice of creative and individualistic people, or show-offs as they are known to the rest of us.

Now, a nice yellow car is driven by party loving, fun and bubbly people, so probably not English then, who are the life and soul, like a dandelion in a sea of green. And speaking of green; this is a colour that shows you to be an outdoorsy sort of cove, one who loves the countryside and hugging trees and the like. The green car driver likes to give advice and generally calm and soothe the atmosphere. Note: they may smell a bit of patchouli oil. Call them when you are going camping or trying to assemble a yurt.

Alternatively, black is authoritative. It says that you’ve arrived as a captain of industry – the boss. You are professional and sophisticated and your choice of new car is likely to be a Beemer and your choice of new wife is likely to be twenty years younger than you. It won’t last you know. Never does. People will think you are really awesome, like Lord Sugar or Peter Mandleson. Then there are silver cars. These are generally bought by…..oh sorry, I must have nodded of there for a moment. Silver is a safe colour in the used car market.

So, the choice is yours. How do you want to be seen? What will people think about you when you turn up in your new purple automobile? I don’t really mean to make the already difficult task of choosing any harder but you have been warned.

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