Like all car manufactures Porsche enables customers to pick from a range of no cost sold colors, some additional cost metallic colors and for an increased payment some premium colors. However, if you want something even more individual and exclusive you can try the Porsche Paint To Sample (PTS) program that includes over 600 colors to pick from.
PTS is not available on all Porsche models or in all countries, and even where it is available there is limited availability each year. The price at over USD $10k is higher, even compared to the available premium colors. However, the challenge and costs in obtaining a PTS car have not deterred many Porsche fans from pursuing this option to create a personalized vehicle.
For each of my 10 favorite PTS colors I have added the Porsche color codes in brackets. I have also linked to the corresponding page on Colors.RS which is a great site to see more photos of cars painted in each color and to explore the broad range of Porsche PTS paint colors.
Here are my 10 favorite Porsche PTS colors…
With so many Porsches being purchased in silver or grey it may be strange to start off a list of PTS colors with a less vibrant hue. However, the solid non-metalic Nardo Grey which is originally an Audi color works well on modern Porsches and I prefer it to other popular light grays including Sport Classic Grey (63A) and Fashion Grey (61H).
There are probably more blue PTS colors than any other shade. As a result, Arrow Blue is much less well known that Mexico Blue (336) and Riviera Blue (39E) which have been popular PTS colors for many years. I first saw Arrow Blue on a 918 Spyder which made a refreshing change compared to the majority of theses cars that were finished in shares of silver and grey. The owner of this 918 Spyder (f00tsoldier) subsequently has his 911R repainted in the same bight blue color by Porsche in the UK.
In 2015 the Porsche Club of America (PCA) announced that a special edition of the 911 model was being created to celebrate the 60th anniversary of club. This special edition was limited to just 60 cars and each of them was painted in Club Blau, an new paint color created based on the color of the Porsche Club of America logo. Compared to Arrow Blue above this color is more saturated and has a more purple hue. Initially the color was not available on the PTS list, however this has changed in the last couple of years. Voodoo Blue (Z12) and Nogaro Blue Metallic (Z5M), are similar colors, with Nogaro Blue Metallic originally being an Audi paint color like Nardo Grey above.
Navy Blue (W67)
When it comes to dark blues there are again many shades to pick from including Pantone 296C (W50), Albert Blue (325) and Dark Sea Blue (A5G). However, my favorite dark blue color is called simply Navy Blue. This is more understated than Albert Blue, but more vibrant than Dark Sea Blue. I first came across this color on a 911 GT3 touring and I was instantly drawn to the color. After taking delivery the owner (sir.blau) fitted some Forgeline FU3C wheels that echo the classic Fuchs style of earlier models, but updated with a center lock fitment for the modern GT3 cars.
I first saw Chartreuse (I prefer the historical name from the 1970s) on a 1973 911 RS and fell in love with it. I’m not normally a fan of bright green colors like Gelbgrun / Green Yellow (137), Birch Green / Light Green (253) and Acid Green (2M8). However, Chartreuse has a nice warm feeling that perfectly fits classic 911s and more modern cars.
As with Chartreuse above I prefer the historical name (Jade Green) for this 1972 color. Jade Green is similar to Mint Green (22R), but is less blue hue and is slightly less vibrant in color. In 1974 Porsche ran a one make series called the International Race of Champions (IROC) with each identical car painted in different color so the spectators could easily recognize each car on track, one of which was painted Jade Green. This is an interesting bright green that to my eyes works particularly well with contrasting black wheels and details.
I’ve never been a fan of darker green colors on Porsches until I saw the Irish Green 911 RSR hot rod above on Instagram. This was the perfect color for this backdated and modified car. In 2017 Porsche chose Irish Green as the color of the 1 millionth 911 to be manufactured to celebrate this major milestone. The car was flown around the world on a promotional tour. Other similar dark green colors include Brewster Green (22B) and British Racing Green (21D).
Many Porsche enthusiasts are fans of the classic Speed Yellow (12H) color that was first available in 1993. However, I am not a fan of this or the more recent Racing Yellow (1S1). On the other hand, Signal Yellow, a color that was first introduced in 1966 really appeals to me as bight and vibrant color. The perfect yellow for a Porsche 911, both classic and modern.
No list of Porsche PTS colors would be complete with out Ruby Star / Ruby Stone as this is one of the brightest and most eye catching PTS colors available today. I’m not sure that I would order this color myself, but I really appreciate the uniqueness of this color on the right car with the right specification. Other similar colors include Spectra Master Red (Y14) and Magenta (009).
Purple is a color that I associate more with Lamborghini than Porsche, however there is something about Viola Metallic that really appeals to me. Possibly it is the mix of conservative and adventurous in a single color, combined with the way that the changes significantly with different light. Interestingly, Viola Metallic is the only metallic PTC color on my list. I also like the solid Ultraviolet Purple (M4A) that featured on the 991.1 GT3 RS, so perhaps I am more of Purple Porsche fan than I realized. Porsche also has a couple of other interesting related metallic paint colors including Amethyst Metallic (M4Z) and very similarly named Viola Purple Metallic (W85).
Which PTS color would I pick for my own car?
That is a tough question. My current dream car is a Porsche 911 GT3 Touring so I would pick a color that works well for that model. Navy Blue, Chartreuse and Signal Yellow would all be on my shortlist. But if I am feeling brave I would probably order Jade Green, with black headlights, wheels, door handles and side decals to balance out the bright green paintwork. But my answer could change if you were to ask me the same question tomorrow.
Useful PTS Resources
If you are interested in learning more about Porsche PTS colors or seeing more cars in a wider range of colors then I can highly recommend these resources: