German Color Theory

23.03.2013

In the 1960’s there was Yves Saint Laurent and his Mondrian dress resplendent in red, yellow and blue, among other flourishes of color and fashion throughout the heady decade of artistic explorations. The 1970’s, on the other hand, are more associated with recession and a post-hippie haze of depressive times colored by austerity culturally, politically, economically, and aesthetically. Not so in the world of cars, especially Porsche, for the German manufacturer with their mainstay model 911, now celebrating its 50th year, went through a decade of color experimentation never paralleled before or after. Other than the fact Porsche is now revisiting these colors of the past by reissuing them on present cars. 

I first came across the full extent of the depravity when looking for a Carrera RS from 1973, which buried in a small town in Germany was such a well-preserved specimen, it didn’t put me off that it was “Signal Yellow.” No photo can prepare you until you stand in front of the object in what could only be equated to an American street sign warning drivers to “YIELD” or a school bus from the period. When they use the word signal to describe this hue, they seem to have been referring to the fact the color is as strong a sign as any to get out of the way and run for safety. I bought the car due to its condition but never warmed up to a sports car that looked like a thinly disguised New York City taxi!   ... weiterlesen

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