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.
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.
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.