Rare Shades 5 is the exclusive event for the most exotic Porsche paint jobs
It's a rare rainbow of Porsches!
What is in a paint job? No, I’m not talking about the chemical composition of car paint or anything of the sort. I mean, what is it about a car’s paint that can make or break that car’s appeal to a person? I’d say it’s all about the soul and personality. There’s something about a blacked-out Murcielago with its bat wings extended or a mint green 964 that gives that car a certain “air” that only touches the hearts of some enthusiasts. Much like RADWood celebrates the cars of the 80s and 90s, 000 Magazine’s “Rare Shades” celebrates Porsches finished in unusual colors as well as the custom touch of Porsche’s Paint to Sample program. I was fortunate enough to be invited to the fifth installment of Rare Shades this past Saturday thanks to my friends over at LBI Limited. Let’s just say I’ve never seen this many unique Porsches all in one place before.
The event was held at the mind-boggling Skywalker Ranch, a 4,700-acre movie ranch created by film director, writer, and producer George Lucas. Yes, that George Lucas. Taking the elevator up from the underground parking garage immediately landed you behind the famous Yoda statue that graces the main quad. Step past that, accept one of the gratis donuts and coffee, and it feels like you’ve taken an express flight to Stuttgart. Porsches of all model years, trim levels, and of course colors are spread out as far as the eye can see. Everything from a 356 to a Panamera is present, each one customized in a way that embodies its owner’s personality.
Also in attendance was Marqued, an upcoming collector car marketplace platform. Now I’m not here to promote anyone but I will thank them for coaxing a few of their connections to bring some of the most incredible cars of that event. Two of my favorites from that entire yard were a 1967 Porsche 910 that won 4th overall at the 1967 12 Hours of Sebring and a Porsche 1900 Super that absolutely exuded patina out of every grille. I could fangirl over these two unicorns but I’ll let you ogle over these shots at your own leisure.
Brand-exclusive events like this always offer a personalized window into that particular brand’s offerings throughout the years. It’s one thing to walk through a curated museum and see every single model lined up next to each other in pristine condition, but seeing these privately-owned examples that are driven and enjoyed by their owners is an entirely different feeling. Every ding, scratch, and imperfection tells a story of enjoyment and bliss and makes the car look less “clinical” than perfect examples in museums do. And isn’t that the essence of a car?
Oh dear, I’ve gone off into a tangent again. Overall, Rare Shades 5 is so unique that I believe it fits into the same category of event that RADWood created: niche automotive appreciation. Whether it’s the outcasts, the unloved, or the 1-of-1 examples, these events stand up tall and move the spotlight away from center stage. Kudos to 000 Magazine, PTSRS, and Marqued for carrying that torch even further, and a massive thank you to LBI Limited for the invitation. Long live Rare Shades.
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