Following on from my recent Porsche Paint To Sample (PTS) article I thought that I would also share some of my favorite Ferrari colors in a new blog post. Today around 45% of all new Ferrari’s are ordered in Red (it was around 85% in the 1990s). However, only one of the colors on my list is red, and even this one is quite different from the signature Rosso Corsa that is typically associated with Ferraris.
Azzurro California is an elegant metallic light blue that works well on modern Ferrari's. I did not really appreciate this color until I saw it on the 458 Speciale Aperta in the top two photos above, but now I feel this is one of the best colors to show off the lines of the car. Alternate colors would include Grigio Alloy, and the classic Argento Nurburgring, which is a beautiful metallic silver paint.
I surprised myself by liking this solid bright blue, but I find the bold color works well on many different Ferrari's, even the iconic F40 owned by Abdul (@azzurrodino) in Dubai. This color works particularity well on the more extreme and limited edition cars, less so on the regular Ferrari models. If you are looking for an eye catching metallic rater than solid blue for your Ferrari then I can recommend taking a look at the Blu Electrico or Blu Corsa.
I like dark blues and this is one is so dark it is almost black. I love the strong reflections and contrast with the silver wheels. The F12tdf in the top two photos is owned by famous US racing driver Graham Rahal, so I am in good company appreciating this color. If you like dark blues then Ferrai has many options to choose from including Tour de France Blue, Le Mans Blue, Blu Swaters and Blu Scozia, which celebrity and Ferrari fan Jay Kay selected for his 488 Pista.
Even though red is the color that many people associate with Ferrari, if I am ever in a position to purchase a Ferrari it will be in another color, probably blue or silver. Ferrari offers many different shares of red from the well know Rosso Corsa, to the Rosso Formula 1 2007 (the color of the F1 race cars) and Rosso Dino which has a strong orange hue. However, my favorite Ferrari red is called Rosso Coburn, and it was created as a new color through the Ferrari Tailor Made program for Ian Coburn. It is a dark triple layer metallic red that was first used on his wife’s 458 Speciale in 2013. The color has since been used on several other Ferrari models including the track only Ferrari FXX-K Evo shown above. Similar metallic reds include Rosso Fuoco, Rosso Fiorano (named after Ferrari’s test track) and Rosso Rubino.
After taking delivery of his wife’e 458 Speciale in Rosso Coburn in 2013, Ian Coburn decided that he wanted a unique grey for his Ferrari F12 TDF a couple of year later. Again, working with the Ferrari Tailor Made program, a new color was created which was named Grigio Coburn. There cannot be many Ferrari customers with two colors named after them. What I like about Grigio Coburn is that it is a pure gray. Many other metallic grays have hints of other colors (e.g brown in Porsche’s Agate grey) that do not appeal to me. Similar metallic grays include Grigio Titanio, Grigio Silverstone, Grigio Ferro and Canna Di Fucile.
Giallo Triplo Strato
After red, yellow is the color most strongly associated with Ferrari. In fact the yellow in the Ferrari shield logo is based on the color of the city of Modena where Ferrari is based. Giallo Triplo Strato is a triple layer metallic yellow that really stands out in bright sunshine. Personally, I would pick Giallo Triplo Strato over many other colors for a Ferrari if I was looking for a classic but bold color for my car. Another popular and well know and popular Ferrari yellow is Giallo Modena (aka Fly Yellow).
Viola Hong Kong
As with my Porsche blog post I am finishing with a purple car. Not sure why, but, I have become a fan of purple cars recently. This is a bold choice for a Ferrari, and purple is a color more often associated with Lamborghini. I am not aware of the origin of this color, but based on the name I am assuming that is was originally created for a Ferrari customer/collector based in Hong Kong. I have not come across any similar colors in the Ferrari range to date, but some might be available through the Ferrari Tailor Made program.
What color would I choose for my own Ferrai?
That is a tough question, and it would very much depend on the car that I was ordering, mid-engined V8 vs front-engined V12. For a sporty mid-engined car I would, if I was feeling brave order Azzurro Dino. For a more classic V12 front-engined car I would probably order with Blu America.
What is it like to spec your Ferrari at the factory?
It must be a dream for every Ferrari fan to travel to Italy to spec their new car at the Ferrari factory in Maranello. Of the various online videos that I have seen, this one by TheCarGuys provides the best insight into the process.