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Is "White" a manly color for a car?

tangofoxtrottangofoxtrot Posts: 10
edited March 6 in General
I'm about to purchase a new car, an Acura RL. I'm not sure if I want white with black or tan interior. My collegues at work are all telling me only women drive white cars. What do you say guys?


  • bumpybumpy Posts: 4,435
    for a rental car.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,305
    A man who is secure and confident can drive any color he wants to drive. Be yourself, not what you think others want you to be. ;)
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,940
    I think men who don't care about cars can drive white cars. White doesn't work best on most cars...maybe a GTI or an old Rolls, or a car pressed into commercial service. Come to think of it, it works well on some vintage cars, more than modern cars.

    My mother has had several white cars. My father had one, and it was a vintage car.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,029
    I like white cars and probably would have one. But my wife doesn't like them. :sick:

    There's a white Z3 in my garage right now and it looks great (my neighbor is remodeling his garage and I'm baby sitting his Bimmer for him). When my wife pulled into the garage and saw it for the first time, I told her I had a big project lined up so I was buying the Z3 and she almost fell for it. :shades:

    Come to think of it, the Z3 belongs to my neighbor's wife, but I'd still take it off her hands.
  • larsblarsb Posts: 8,204
    I live in Arizona, where about 40% of all the vehicles on the road are white.

    You are no more likely to see a man or a woman or a transgender or a eunuch in any of them based on the color of that vehicle.
  • gussguss Posts: 1,181
    White a color? I thought it was the absence of color.

    Anyway, I have a white car and as far as I know I am a man. I think white on a car can look good on some cars and bad on some cars. For example my Escape has alot of black trim pieces that offset its whiteness.
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    No... don't get white. You are concerned with not looking like a woman, or you wouldn't have asked the question in the first place.

    That said, some off whites can be attractive. Such as a nice "pearl white" perhaps. :blush:
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,403
    some off whites can be attractive. Such as a nice "pearl white" perhaps.

    Frigidaire White cars won't make you look like a girl but they'll make you look like an old man.

    I used to own a Pearl White metallic Audi A4, it might be the best looking car I've ever owned but the same car in Alpine(snow)White would be boring.

    OTOH Ivory or Cream works very well on some cars.
  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    "Frigidaire White cars won't make you look like a girl but they'll make you look like an old man."

    Good point. It all depends on the type of white.

    Besides, I think the question is ill-phrased: I don't think it's a matter of 'manly' colors vs. 'girly' colors, I think it's a question of conservative/restrained colors vs. colors with some pop. On a more conservative type of automobile (like an Acura RL), a nice conservative color looks appropriate. Like a Pearl White or Silver.

    Ivory or Cream? Old man..... ;)
  • au1994au1994 Posts: 732
    As the male drive of a white Dodge Ram, I think its fine.

    But seriously, when the guys at work start making the car payment for you, then they get to pick the color.

    2013 335i Sport Line Alpine White over Coral Red w/Black Trim

    2005 330cic ZHP Monaco Blue over Natural Brown w/Black Trim

  • fezofezo Posts: 9,195
    No. No. Absence of color is black. Presence of all colors is white.

    I think what looks good in white really depends on the car. My brother had a white Volvo 240 wagon - it looked like a refrigerator on wheels.

    I could see where white would be good in Arizona, for the same reason it is good in Florida - reflects the heat. Black, OTOH, while it can look sharp would make the car intolerably hot!
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    No. Both white and black are absent of color. Think of matter and anti-matter.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,940
    A Porsche 356 looks good in white.

    I saw a white W211 E55 AMG today...and that's certainly not an effeminate I guess it depends a lot on the vehicle.
  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    "No. Both white and black are absent of color. Think of matter and anti-matter."

    Congratulations - I think you just fried my synapses, jipster.

    I'm reminded of something a caller said recently to the local afternoon radio talk-show host:

    "It's not whether it's right...or whether it's's whether it's wrong OR right!"

    Sometimes, I think you and that caller speak the same language.... ;)
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    LOL. My wife feels the same way.
  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    ...that with pretty much any light color, it depends on how much unbroken color there is.

    Older cars generally looked better in white, as there was a lot of chrome trim, bumpers, rubber, etc. to break up the field of white.
    Newer cars, with all the body-colored plastic, present much more of an unbroken field of color, and for whatever reason, that doesn't seem to look as good. Esp. with the aero designs of get a sorta space-pod look. :confuse:
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,195
    which come s back to color and cars.... I hadn't thought of things like chrome and rubber breaking things up. Good point.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,029
    Different strokes I guess - I'm not usually a big fan of stuff glued on the sides of my cars. My van is pretty clean for a big ol' slab sided artifact. My wagon has cladding that's mostly unobtrusive but I don't care much for it or the pinstriping. The chrome side window glass surrounds on the new breed of curvy CR-V type cars don't appeal to me much either.

    Right now all the trim on my house is painted the same color as the house too. ;)
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,195
    "Right now all the trim on my house is painted the same color as the house too."

    Good plan!

    Actually both of my vehicles are all a single color with no real chrome or rubber.

    I think if the Ody were white it might benefit from something to break up the color to reduce the refrigerator similarities.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,029
    Back to the 60's with the airbrush for you then, LOL.

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