My first car was a 1966 MGB roadster that my mom bought new. As I came in from putting the cover on its clone I wondered, ‘Why did mom choose Old English White with a red interior? Why not British Racing Green or Tartan Red or Iris Blue or Primrose Yellow?’
It’s too late now to ask her or my father, but I can imagine. Before we returned from Japan, dad had a Triumph Herald convertible. I was told that it was blue when he bought it, but he’d had it painted red. (I was very young, but I recall the red version.) I’m guessing Iris Blue was out because it simply wasn’t a preferred colour. What about British Racing Green? Growing up, I remember dad saying green was an unlucky colour for a car. So no green. Tartan red? Dad once said that the worst drivers in the world are Japanese cab drivers – any my mom drove two of them off the road. Red is stereotypically attractive to cops. He may have convinced my mom that a red sports car would be a ticket magnet. Primrose Yellow? I can’t see my folks liking it all that much. (Not that it’s unattractive, though.)
What it may have come down to is that my parents were young in the '50s. I’ve seen several '50s cars that were white with red interiors, and the MG appealed to their tastes when they were in their 20s. By the time I was driving mom’s car as a hand-me-down in the '80s, I disliked the Old English White. To me, at the time, the ‘cream’ white looked dingy. I would have preferred something more ‘glaciery’ – like maybe just a drop of blue in the white paint. And yet… I have an Old English White MGB with a red interior today. It’s not hard to understand why I chose the scheme. Pure nostalgia. And I actually like the ‘cream’ now.
I used to have a white Porsche 911SC coupé (no tail – tails are for poseurs – and with polished Fuchs wheels). I shouldn’t have sold it. I’d like to have another. It could be a 911SC, but I’d prefer a Carrera (which ‘was the last iteration in the original 911 series’, according to Wikipedia). I could go for a 911/993, but I do like the original styling. White? A perfectly good colour. But my preference would be Racing Yellow with a black interior, or Night Blue Metallic with a Linen interior. Neither are correct for the '84-'89 Carrera, but I like them. Why would I choose one of those? Because I like them.