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1968 Firebird, Art Fitzpatrick

1968 Pontiac Firebird

Born in 1883 as the Pittsburg Plate Glass Company, PPG began dabbling in paint almost from its birth. PPG was there from the start when automakers began producing vehicles in volume, providing both glass and paint to the burgeoning industry.

As a leading supplier of automotive paint, PPG has a good handle on what colors are most popular, and what colors are up and coming. Sadly, Americans—and, for the most part, Europeans and Asians—have fairly dull tastes when it comes to car colors.

PPG Most-Popular Car-Color List According to PPG, white and black were the two most popular American-market car colors of 2016, accounting for more than half of all vehicles sold.

Worse, the hyper-dull top-five colors of 2016—white, black, silver, gray, and “natural”—account for a staggering 84 percent of all 2016 cars and trucks.

And, apparently we buy so many silver and gray cars that PPG bothers to note the distinction between the two colors.

Sadly for color enthusiasts, Red and blue don’t appear on the list until sixth and seventh place respectively, and combine for just fifteen percent of all 2016 new vehicles.

So, where’s green, you might ask? Green comes in under blue, at just one percent of all vehicles.

As something of a green enthusiast, and to demonstrate just how cool cars can look in this wonderful shade of nature, I have collected ten classic car ads featuring vehicles painted in this leafy hue. Well, really nine car ads and one engine ad—but the engine ad is really cool.

Question: Have you ever owned a green car or truck? If so, please tell us about it. The place for comments is below the last ad.

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1933 Essex

1933 Essex Terraplane

1933 Essex Terraplane Ad

 

1938 Graham

1938 Graham Ad

1938 Graham Ad

 

1946 Ford

1946 Ford

1946 Ford Ad

 

1949 Oldsmobile

1949 Oldsmobile Rocket V8 Ad

1949 Oldsmobile Rocket V8 Ad

 

1950 Oldsmobile

1950 Oldsmobile Ad

1950 Oldsmobile Ad

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1950 Willys

1950 Willys Ad

1950 Willys Ad

 

1951 Ford

1951 Ford Victoria

1951 Ford Victoria Ad

 

1968 Pontiac

1968 Pontiac Firebird Ad

1968 Pontiac Firebird Ad

 

1971 Dodge

1971 Dodge Ad

1971 Dodge Duster Ad

 

1979 Pontiac

1979 Pontiac Grand Prix Ad

1979 Pontiac Grand Prix Ad

Any Color You Want…

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