Everything is so darn expensive these days. When I was a kid, Earl Scheib promised to paint our rides for under 40 bucks. “I’ll paint any car, any color for $39.95,” his slogan went. “No ups, no extras.” Nowadays, a decent paint job will run you four figures.
At least when you buy a new car, you likely will find a color that meets your liking. The 2013 Dodge Dart, for example, comes in a dozen colors, including Citrus Peel, Winter Chill, and True Blue. Some automakers charge extra for “special paint,” but it’s usually reasonably priced—$500, for example, if you want your Dodge Challenger painted in Redline 3 Coat Pearl.
But I’m here to tell you one thing: If you’re in the market for an Italian sports car and want to jazz it up with a unique color/finish, expect to pay through the nose. Special paint jobs on Maseratis, Ferraris, and Lamborghinis are among the most expensive options in the automotive industry. To illustrate . . .
2012 Maserati GranTurismo
The GranTurismo S Automatic starts at $123,000, but matte-finish paint is an extra $20,500. Here it is in Grigio Granito.
2012 Ferrari FF
While the FF starts high enough at $295,000, you’ll pay an extra $10,800 or so for one of the car’s many metallic-paint options. We chose Grigio alloy.
2011 Lamborghini Murcielago
This supercar ranges from $350,000 to $450,000, and if you want it in a matte finish, you’ll need to cough up an extra $28,000! (For that price, you can buy a loaded Mazda MX-5 Miata.) We went completely bad-ass with this matte-finish paint, which Lambo calls Nero Nemesis.
Lamborghini Paint Cost