Top 5 crazy car paint jobs that will take your breath away
'Cars are a reflection of our personality'. You may have heard this sentence many times, especially when the dealer salesman tries to sell you that expensive colour option, to get that extra commission, but that is not all a sales gimmick. Your car does speak volumes about you and special and vibrant colours do an excellent job of making it stand out from the crowd. To make cars more appealing, automakers will now offer you a whole range of dynamic colours to choose from, even in their most affordable products. But it's a whole different story when you buy a luxury car or a supercar. The ability to individualise is infinite, and that does make for some really good looking stuff. Here's a list of the craziest car paints ever:
5) Porsche Chromaflair
Any Porsche is special to begin with, and the company offers a range of attractive colours on their every model as standard. There are historic colours like Guards Red and Racing Yellow and modern metallic colours like Mamba Green Metallic and Dolomite Silver Metallic, among others. But, if you want your Porsche to be even more special, worry not, the brand has got you covered with its Paint To Sample (PTS) program. This scheme presents the choice of highly attractive and vibrant shades of colours in metallic and non-metallic finishes like Mint Green, Miami Blue, Signal Yellow, to name a few. But Porsche's Exclusiv Manufaktur department with the PTS programme will paint you a car in any colour you like. Like the 'Chromaflair' finishing we have on this GT2 RS. This is the wildest paint option to be had on your Porsche. First, the price tag – it will cost you a cool $94,000 (Rs 68.5 lakh) and second, its colour-shifting nature. This paint shifts colours depending on your viewing point and lighting, which makes it look rather interesting to say the least. Porsche makes only 15 cars a year with the Chromaflair effect since it is a painstakingly long painting process. The range involves five colours — Magic Magenta, Python Green, Urban Bamboo, Shifting Carbon and Explosive Gold.
4) Rolls-Royce Ghost Diamond Dust Paint
When Rolls-Royce says, you can have a Phantom or a Ghost in any colour you like, the brand is not kidding. Rolls-Royce has received demands like "match the colour of my car to my shoe", or "I want my car in bubblegum pink" and the brand has obliged and delivered. But this particular time is when even Rolls-Royce went too far. This extended-wheelbase Ghost has been painted with the dust of 1000 crushed diamonds. Dubbed the Ghost Elegance, it is finished in a two-tone purple-over-black colour scheme. The Diamond Stardust finish is applied to the upper half and it sparkles in a way that no metallic colour can match. This project was done to demonstrate what the brand's Bespoke department is capable of. The company's paint team spent two months just studying the diamonds with a high-powered microscope, trying to figure out how light reflects off the different surfaces. Rolls-Royce wont say how much the paint job costs, beyond the fact that it's the most expensive they've ever done. Peak insanity? Not yet, our list gets even wilder.
3) Bugatti Chiron exposed Carbon Clearcoat
The Bugatti Chiron needs no introduction. It's one of the fastest, most powerful and an exercise in pushing the limits of automotive engineering. Buying this car is a special experience for a lucky few because of its price tag of over $3 million (Rs 21 crore, without Indian duties) and endless customisation options. One of the options the Bugatti offers is the exposed Carbon Clearcoat, or rather no paint. To have a Chiron without any paint Bugatti will charge you a cool $300,000 (Rs 2.2 crore) more. Why? That is because with this option, the company has to actually match the carbonfibre weave of every panel to give it a seamless look, unlike a painted car where the paint hides the carbonfibre weave. Bugatti also offers the carbonfibre in different colours, which is insane.
2) Aston Martin Valkyrie Moondust Paint
The Valkyrie is going to be Aston Martin's craziest road-going car ever made. Scheduled to arrive next year, it will be powered by a naturally-aspirated Cosworth V12, which makes a staggering 1000bhp at 10,500rpm further assisted by an electric motor making 160bhp. Aston Martin has planned to make 150 units of the standard Valkyrie and 25 units of the track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro. Each Valkyrie will be tailored to the customer's needs and as expected, will have crazy customisation options to be had with. One customer has announced that his particular Valkyrie will have Moon Dust in its paint! Kris Singh, an Indian-American car collector who has purchased a Valkyrie, has purchased a moon rock which he plans to ground and put in the Karosserie Red paint of his car. The idea came to Kris from Miles Nurnberger, creative director of exterior design at Aston Martin, who mentioned that the car reminded him of a spaceship, a statement which we certainly agree with. This is an otherworldly paint job in the truest sense.
1) 1995 Volkswagen Polo Harlequin
This might come as a surprise, but the craziest factory car paint is on an econobox! Okay, it is not as crazy in the bling department like others on this list, but it certainly is the biggest head turner. This is the Volkswagen Harlequin edition. One look at it, and you might agree that it's the craziest factory car paint job, because it is multi-coloured from the factory! Only one question comes to the mind: what the heck was Volkswagen even thinking about to make this into a reality. Turns out, there is a story behind it. Volkswagen's then chairman, Ferdinand Piëch, referred to an old Beetle ad, which displayed a multicolour car to show off the interchangeability of parts, he thought it'd be a great idea to showcase the then new third-gen Polo's colours available, so he ordered 20 Polo Harlequins for car shows and advertising purposes. But, the public had other plans, they wanted to actually buy these! So Volkswagen decided to do a limited production of 1000 cars and surprise surprise, they were all sold out within days! The demand kept on increasing and Volkswagen built over 3000 in total. McDonald's even gave away 500 Polo Harlequins. In the US, Volkswagen introduced this wacky paint scheme on the Golf, but it wasn't a success and only 264 Golf Harlequins were made. Here's an interesting fact: Volkswagen painted a batch of cars in different colours and then mismatched the body panels on every car with another colour to make the Polo Harlequin, and not two cars carry the same colour template because all were mismatched randomly.