Color for my late father's car

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Color for my late father's car

Post by Mr B » Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:31 pm

Good evening gents,

My late father's car, a 1979 3 litre Ghia is now ready for paint, but I cannot make up my mind what color to paint her, she was originally Highland Green and it's really not a nice color, I have narrowed down the options to: Cobalt blue, Jupiter red or Black.

I just cannot make up my mind and I cannot afford to get the decision wrong as I do not have the money to rectify a bad choice and the painter needs a decision by Monday morning :banghead:

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Re: Color for my late father's car

Post by Andrew 2.8i » Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:36 pm

Hi Wayne,
I think the Capri looks good in highland green. If it was my choice, I'd keep it the original colour.

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Post by Mr B » Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:42 pm

Thanks Andrew, I never thought this would be so difficult, my dad always said 'never buy a green car son' yet he loved that car, I need to get this right first time as there won't be any more money available- well not until I get another loan!

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Re: Color for my late father's car

Post by A17 LTF » Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:36 am

I would say Highland Green as well. This will also keep its value more than the other colours due to its originality and especially if you decide to part with it in the future.

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Re: Color for my late father's car

Post by andyd » Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:54 am

Keep Highland Green for originality, value and especially as it was your Dads car :cheers:

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Re: Color for my late father's car

Post by Lord Flasheart » Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:16 am

A tough decision indeed. I guess you have to decide whether the car will be as your dad wanted it & enjoyed it, or whether its your car & you want to put your stamp on it, its an emotional choice & only you can make that decision.

If, you want to stick to originality as some have already said for potential future sale etc, & I have to say it would be my choice, if the green is not what you want to do, maybe check out Ford brochures at the time & see what paint colours were available as options to match with your interior colours ?

As an example, my March 1981 Cobalt Blue Ghia has blue carpets, seats & door cards but the interior plastics are all dark brown. Just something to add, I believe that Cobalt blue was only a choice from early 1981 for about 6 months, I know Clare & Francis's cobalt blue 2.0S was an August 1st 1981.

Its your car now, the difficult choice to make is yours, its your car, do what you want to do, lets face it, Capri's can look the bollox in most colours :D

Good luck ;)

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Re: Color for my late father's car

Post by A17 LTF » Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:59 am

I had my car painted 4 years ago and originally it was black. It was a laser when I started modifying my car and there were plenty about. Now they are becoming rarer so people tend to stick to originality. I had it painted a modern colour as i plan to keep the car for many years to come and resale value currently does not give me any pleasure in owning it.

If i had a rarer model, then it would be a different scenario. But seeing as the prices are on the rise, theres less possibility of myself owning a rarer model now.

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Re: Color for my late father's car

Post by T.M. » Sun Mar 22, 2020 1:57 pm

Hi,
sorry, but of all those colors Highland Green looks the best for me too. And like it has been said, original is original.


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Re: Color for my late father's car

Post by Jasonmarie » Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:50 pm

Highland green as the car is a memory box :beer:
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Re: Color for my late father's car

Post by Andrew 2.8i » Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:57 pm

Hi Wayne,
Have you made up your mind on the colour? It's a difficult decision to make, but I'm sure you'll do the car and your late father justice with whatever you choose to do.

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Post by Caprifan Rob » Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:08 pm

I had a 1.6S in highland green in the'80s . It wasn't my first choice of colour but I grew to love that car it was such a rare shade even then & really stood out. Couldn't lose it in a car park. . Ultimately it's your choice & obviously a difficult decision. I'm for originality but if you do change colour as has been said I'd see what exterior colours were available to match the period interior. Whatever you decide :goodluck:

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Re: Color for my late father's car

Post by Mr B » Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:05 pm

Evening guy's,

Just wanted to say thanks for all your input on this dilemma, after spending all day thinking about it and trying to remember anything my dad may have said/mentioned in the past with regards to car colour's and one thing has come to mind, he always used to quote Henry Ford's iconic "You can have it in any colour you like as long as it's black" so thats the colour I'm going with.

The main purpose of the restoration was to get rid of all the corrosion, this included having a new roof, arches, inner and outer sills, front panel and much much more, I never really gave a thought to a color - it was just about saving her before the work became to extensive and unaffordable for me.

Thanks again guys, not sure the painter will be happy with black, as far as I know it's a pig of a color to get right, not sure whether that's still valid these days though what with modern paints and all.

Wayne

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Re: Color for my late father's car

Post by Bug » Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:18 am

Still think that, if it's a memorial to your Dad, it should be Highland Green.

But in the end it's your money, your car and your memories.

When you sit in it you cannot see much of the colour anyway, so if the memories are still there, then go with whatever you think.





As long as it's Highland green :D

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Re: Color for my late father's car

Post by Mr B » Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:55 pm

Bug wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:18 am
Still think that, if it's a memorial to your Dad, it should be Highland Green.

But in the end it's your money, your car and your memories.

When you sit in it you cannot see much of the colour anyway, so if the memories are still there, then go with whatever you think.





As long as it's Highland green :D
Hi Bug,

I won't lie it was a close contest between the two colour's (Black and Highland Green) but even though my dad did love the car he was never keen on the colour which prompted me to go for black, the cost of the resto has been considerable but most of the cost has, understandably, been to repair her poor old body, so if in the future I decided to change her back to Highland Green the cost will be minimal.

Wayne

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Post by Mr B » Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:11 pm

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