HomeAutoHunterBlackout! This week we feature AutoHunter’s black-painted offerings

Blackout! This week we feature AutoHunter’s black-painted offerings

Even Henry Ford preferred black paint


Actually, I have this thing against cars covered in black paint. For one thing, they are so hard to keep clean; seemingly every spec of dust stands out against the black background. For another, I find them very difficult to photograph when I’m at a car show or museum.

And wasn’t it Henry Ford who once said something along the lines that people could have their Model T in any color they chose, as long as they chose black?

But I’m putting my feelings aside this week because I’ve found a couple of cars on AutoHunter, the online collector car auction website driven by ClassicCars.com, that are painted black and are just so cool I have to share them.

1964 Chevrolet Bel Air station wagon

This full-size mid-‘60s station wagon has been modified with a 350cid small-block V8 engine with Edelbrock carburetor and other upgrades and linked to a 3-speed automatic transmission with Hurst shifter, has 3.55 rear gearing, power-assisted disc brakes up front, Alpine stereo, side-exit exhaust, and rides on American Racing wheels.

As part of its restoration/customization, it was covered with Black Metallic paint.

1963 Volkswagen Beetle

This black Beetle is a two-owner car that shows only 15,836 miles on its odometer and is being offered with its original unrestored red interior and US-spec bumpers and trim and badging. The engine is an air-cooled 1,200cc unit linked to a 4-speed manual transmission. When new, the 1,200 was rated at 40 horsepower.

Of course, there are many other vehicles available — and in other colors — on the AutoHunter website.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.



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