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Right colour, wrong colour

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: October 24, 2012

By Gareth Butterfield

There's only one car I like in white

There's only one car I like in white

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I'VE been thinking a lot about car colours recently. It all began when I was sent a Volvo to test in a colour that I'm pretty convinced absolutely ruins the car.

The V60 has the lates D4 engine (which is fabulous) and it's an R-Design spec which means it's been treated to some sporty trim upgrades inside and out.

All this extra style is completely lost on the car, however, because it's painted in white. And not just any white - ice white. Which is, funnily enough the same as every other white I've ever seen.

The V60, I've said this many times, is the most beautiful car Volvo has produced since its P1800 in the 1960s and I adore the lines of the compact estate car - but I find it entirly forgettable in white.

Volvo's actually got some rather lovely colours in its pallete at the moment. There's a bronze I've fallen in love with and some very nice blues and greys, but "ice white" doesn't do the swoopy lines any favours whatsoever.

So I thought to myself, what other cars work in white which, let's face it, is quite popular at the moment.  The Lamborghini Countach springs to mind, but that's a 1980s icon, and it could be said that some small sporty French cars work in white, as well.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but white has to be the least imaginative colour-choice for any model. I'm open to contradictions though.

If you can think of a car that works in white, let me know. Meanwhile I'm going to head out and perform a task that white-car owners are no doubt very accustomed to - cleaning off a thin layer of very visible muck.

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