8 Of The Most Iconic Green Cars Of All Time
In a tribute to St. Patrick's Day, Caroline Kidd chooses eight of the most iconic green cars of all time.
Green as a choice of car colour fell out of fashion some years ago. But with St. Patrick’s Day having just passed, it’s time to resurrect some of the most well-known and iconic green cars of all time. The colours are almost as iconic as the cars themselves.
1) Lamborghini Murciélago: Verde Ithaca
While Ferraris are always red in our dreams, Lamborghini doesn’t really have a signature colour. But if we were to elect one, Verde Ithaca seems to be a good fit for the bold and extravagant character of a Lamborghini.
This signature bright green has adorned historic models such as the Gallardo and Murciélago, as well as current models like the Aventador. The Lamborghini Murciélago is one of the defining V12 supercars of its era and finished in Verde Ithaca, the Murciélago captures the bling of the early Noughties exceptionally well.
2) Ford Focus RS: Ultimate Green
The Ford Focus RS in Ultimate Green
The second generation of the Ford Focus RS arrived in a blaze of green glory back in 2009. With a low and wide stance, meaty bodywork and a 300hp 5-cylinder 2.5-litre engine that could sprint from 0 to 62kph in under 6 seconds, the Focus RS Mk 2 left other hot hatchbacks in the shade.
It was fitting that Ford should choose Ultimate Green as the signature colour to mark this new era of the Focus RS. The special bright green paint had a metallic flake and was a modern interpretation of the 1970s Le Mans Green of the Escort RS1600 era.
3) Jaguar D-Type: British Racing Green
The Jaguar D-Type: a racing icon in British Racing Green
Green was the international motor racing colour of Great Britain through the early part of the 20th century. Over the years, many cars from different manufacturers have worn a variation of the deep forest green that we know as British Racing Green.
The Jaguar D-Type has to be one of the most iconic cars ever to be painted in British Racing Green. This 1950's roadster was built to compete and win at Le Mans, which it did in 1955, 1956 and 1957.
4) Skoda Octavia RS: Rallye Green
The Skoda Octavia RS in Rallye Green
Rallye Green is a trademark Skoda colour and synonymous with the high performance Fabia and Octavia RS ranges.
Skoda has a long association with motorsport and the brand has been competing in racing and rallying for over 100 years. Inspired by the Skoda works rally team’s colour scheme, Rallye Green will always be associated with fast Skodas like the Fabia and Octavia RS models.
5) Mercedes-AMG GT R: Green Hell Magno
The Mercedes-AMG GT R in Green Hell Magno pays homage to the car's racetrack roots
The Mercedes-AMG GT R is a hedonistic mix of race car and road car powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine with 585hp. It was fitting that Mercedes should choose a bonkers green to launch the GT R to the world that would help shred any remaining perception of the brand as boring or conservative.
The GT R’s Green Hell Magno pays homage to the car’s development on the "Green Hell" of the Nurburgring, and a reminder that this car’s roots are in the racetrack.
6) Ford Mustang: Highland Green
The Highland Green Ford Mustang in the 1968 film Bullitt
Steve McQueen made the Ford Mustang cool for generations of car fans on the streets of San Francisco in the 1960s film Bullitt. The Highland Green 1968 Mustang GT fastback from the film is now an icon in its own right.
A special edition Mustang Bullitt is due out this summer, finished in a modern interpretation of Highland Green.
7) Volkswagen Beetle: Cyber Green
The Volkswagen New Beetle in Cyber Green
Like it or loathe it, the Volkswagen New Beetle will be remembered for its soft, curvaceous looks and palette of pastels. Lurking in the brochure was Cyber Green, a disarming green shade that could only be describes as ‘out of this world’, but somehow found its way into much of Volkswagen’s promotion of the New Beetle.
8) Porsche 911: Irish Green
The Porsche 911 Carrera S in Irish Green
In 2017, Porsche celebrated the one millionth Porsche 911 with a unique, special anniversary model finished in Irish Green. This one-off 911 Carrera S features a seven speed manual transmission and a turbocharged 3.0-litre flat engine with a performance kit producing 450hp. Irish Green is a rare colour but it has been appearing on Porsches since the 1960s.
This anniversary model was inspired by Ferdinand Porsche’s first official 911. Porsche was presented with one of the first series cars in 1964, finished in green, which was his favourite colour. In 1965, Irish Green was included as a new paint colour and can still be ordered on new Porsches today.
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