Ten Yellow Cars We’re Not Embarrassed To Love

By Seyth Miersma

August 07, 2012


BMW Z4 sDrive28i. Color name: Atacama Yellow. Name derives from: the Atacama Desert on a plateau that runs down the Pacific coast of South America. Comments: This eye-scalding BMW shade may run a bit towards orange, too, but only when compared with really light shades of automotive yellow. Brighter in real life than it seems via photos.


Dodge Challenger SRT8 Yellow Jacket. Color name: Stinger Yellow. Name derives from: the body color of a common North American wasp or “yellow jacket.” Comments: When it comes to crazy paint swatches to choose from, Dodge wrote the book. Outside of exotic makers, we’d trust Dodge’s interpretation of yellow more than any other car company’s.


Ford Boss 302 Mustang. Color name: School Bus Yellow. Name derives from: the thing that the wheels keep going “’round and ‘round” on. Comments: Again, there’s a lot of orange in this one. It’s worth noting that the 302 is the only Mustang that Ford currently offers in this particularly gaudy hue, which is good, because we’re not sure that a V-6, auto, convertible could pull it off so convincingly.


Chevrolet Express 1500 Van. Color name: Wheatland Yellow. Name derives from: some weirdo’s idea of what wheat looks like, we guess. Comments: THIS is what a school bus looks like, for the record. Ford’s Mustang tint may get the name right, but this is the color that makes us want to eat a graham cracker. Uh, you know what we mean.


Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. Color name: Racing Yellow. Name derives from: actually, we’re not sure? We know there have been some yellow Porsche racecars in the recent past (some with a DHL livery). It looks fast? Comments: Porsche seems to be cutting down on the number of models with yellow availability, of course you can have anything painted any custom color you like, so…We think the 911 looks especially tarty (in a good way) in this vibrant yellow though.


Volkswagen Beetle. Color name: Yellow Rush. Name derives from: an overpaid marketing major, and/or the guy that had to fill out that field on the website. Comments: Uninspired name notwithstanding, yellow has been an important part of the Beetle legacy, ever since the car started getting real cool with the Flower Power generation. It just feels good.


Hyundai Veloster. Color name: 26.2. Name derives from: well, it’s the length of a marathon in miles, and all Veloster colors except for one (can you name it?) have to do with “marathon stuff.” Yes, this is odd. Comments: The Veloster has got plenty going on visually, even before you add this less than traditional example of yellow paint—this is clearly amps to eleven territory.


Jeep Wrangler Sport. Color name: Dozer. Name derives from: the frequent color of heavy, earth moving equipment, specifically Caterpillar bulldozers. Comments: OK, so this isn’t the exact yellow that Caterpillar uses for its big boy toys, but we think that it looks pretty hot on Jeep’s off-roader anyway. A Wrangler painted this way just makes us want to head to the beach.


Fiat 500 Sport. Color name: Giallo. Name derives from: the Italian word for yellow. Duh. Comments: Probably, or at least close to, our favorite car in yellow on this list. A good yellow (not too light, not too orange) meets a perfectly suited shape for bright colors.


Audi TTS Coupe. Color name: Solar Orange. Name derives from: the color of the sun, as best we can tell. Comments: Let’s be honest, this orange is the best yellow Audi can do these days. And, yes, we know its a stretch, but we really dig it. The much lighter “true” yellow we remember from the last generation S4 (called Imola Yellow) is gone from the spec sheet, at least for now.

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You’re at the dealership, ready to buy. The salesman has just about convinced you that you have the personality, style, and looks to pull off the one yellow car he has on the lot. “It was meant to be yours, I can tell,” he cajoles.

Yellow cars can be a tough sell. The color has a strangely bimodal distribution in the (non-taxi) automotive world, in that it is often found on both the very least expensive, and the most sporting/exotic cars on the market. It can brighten up an otherwise staid design, or it can ruin the visage of what would be a perfectly nice looking car in another hue. You’ve got to really want yellow, or get a really good deal, to buy a car like these on our list.
We’ve picked out some of the sunniest yellows from the automobile kingdom today, and presented them for your approval or scorn. We’ve left the highly exotic stuff off of the list, as we think that Lamborghinis can pull off any shade, and skew the rest of the list. (Also, who wants to sort through all 28 different possible yellows on the Bugatti configurator?) We’ve also presented each in the context of its online configurator, so photo quality, background, etc, don’t mess with our estimation of the pure color.
Which is the best? The worst? Be sure to let us know which yellow makes you smile (shut your mouth, Coldplay), in the comments section.