QOTD: Standing Out With Bad Paint Colors?

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Today we talk paint.

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That leads to our question today, which happens to be a two-part affair. First, I’d like to get your opinion on the gold metallic lacquers shown above ⁠— whether I’m right about the 1979 Dodge Monaco vibes, or if I’m just way out of touch. For the second part, let’s hear some more examples of factory paint colors that proved very questionable. Off to you.

[Images: Hyundai, Volkswagen]