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Unassembled Thunder Ranch Speedster found it's way from Colorado to our home in WV this week, I'm half done with the latest dune buggy build ( it's already sold)  hopefully another three weeks I'll have that buttoned up and on it's way to the owner. The TR speedster has some decent engineered upgrades, came with two tone beige and tan German square weave carpet set and dozens of new parts.      The PO spent hours block sanding the car, I removed the lights, handles etc today.  Need to get rid of the old school ww tires and red smoothie rims,  then pick a unique color and make a paint appointment.

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Unassembled Thunder Ranch Speedster found it's way from Colorado to our home in WV this week, I'm half done with the latest dune buggy build ( it's already sold)  hopefully another three weeks I'll have that buttoned up and on it's way to the owner. The TR speedster has some decent engineered upgrades, came with two tone beige and tan German square weave carpet set and dozens of new parts.      The PO spent hours block sanding the car, I removed the lights, handles etc today.  Need to get rid of the old school ww tires and red smoothie rims,  then pick a unique color and make a paint appointment.

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@Alan Merklin what color are you thinking?

I have slight color blindness, some shades appear different to me .. purple / violet, green / brown...but wiring is not a big problem, the trick is to have good lighting and  back up a wire with a piece of white paper then I can tell the difference.  That Stone grey looks like a blah lighter green to me.  The past three projects have all been Porsche Seal Grey so I need to kick it up a notch or two. The interior that came with the car is a light beige /tan.  I finished removing the lights bumpers etc. we'll trailer it to the shop and spend some time going through his samples and take along the carpet and vinyl. stripping Connie and I will trailer the Speedster. I still have a few weeks to go on the buggy build and hope to do a week in Florida in March and by the slim chance everything happens to fall into place, have this Speedster done the first week of May

I'm swimming upstream again.

Everybody is all about blue all of the sudden. Blues are nice (my bus is something of a dove blue), but I think Alan wants to sell the car, not make a statement with it. There are no shortage of people for whom blue just rules a car out. I almost didn't buy the bus because of the color, and it took me 6 months before I didn't automatically assume I'd paint it. It almost never photographs as good as it looks, and good photos are what sells specialty cars.

I'm the most boring man in the world-- I've got white work vans, and every other vehicle (except the bus) I've owned since 1985 has been some variation on silver/black.

Red sells cars ("resale red"), but it's also a turn-off for at least half the potential buyers-- to say nothing of the fact that it's not an exceptionally original looking color-- and again, a lot of first-time buyers want an original looking car. Outside of Italian cars (which should be red, by law), lots and lots of buyers are cooling on red. I'm not sure anybody under 50 wants to buy one.

With a tan interior and a body that's already been blocked, I'd paint it black. Non-metallic, base/clear black. Black is hideously hard to take care of, but it looks classic and tough at the same time. Black cars look great against chrome, and look great with no chrome at all. I know of nobody who doesn't think it looks fantastic.

It's not unique, but "unique" doesn't sell cars.

@Jon T posted:

I'm not a fan of red inside or out, but this sweet '55 Porsche 356 Continental Cabriolet is a Turkish Red which appears to favor the merlot end of the red spectrum.  It looks pretty good with a tan interior.   (Hmmm...I'm still looking for my first speedster...when will this be finished?)  

Ruby Red is about halfway between that and guards red. I hate guards red. Way too many Porsche's are GR. But Ruby is one of my favorites. More blue, less yellow.

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When we were looking at having Kirk build our Speedster (before buying ours), we were looking at black / ox blood, black / tan, silver / ox blood or silver / tan.
....then we stumbled across an ad for our green speedster. I would have NEVER been so bold as to have Kirk build us a green Speedster, but it works (for us). It’s definitely a stand out color. You either love it or hate it.....which could either be great when selling a car, or terrible.
As Alan noted, sometimes it’s tough photographing the unique colors. They look so different in person. I have a very difficult time. There’s times of day when I love my green, and times when I want to loose my lunch.
I’m glad it worked out for you Alan. I happen to love that tone of blue.  I believe @*LongFella speedster is that same blue and I absolutely LOVE his speedster.

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