In celebration of the patron saint of Ireland, we have compiled a list of our favorite shades of green from the automotive world. Although it’s hard to argue with red and just about everything looks great in black, you’ve gotta love green, a color that’s made its share of history. If we missed your favorite, be sure to leave it as a comment in the Hagerty Forums below.
British Racing Green
At the dawn of automotive racing, countries, not automakers, raced for glory. To make each nation’s entry easily identified to fans in the stands, every country flew its own color. Corso rosso for Italy, white for Germany, blue for France, and yellow for Belgium. David Napier brought his British car to a 1901 race swathed in a hue he called “Napier Green.” The color stuck, but the name didn’t. You know it as British Racing Green.
The darkest shade of green in the Mustang color palette, Highland Green, is most notable as the shade worn by the badass 1968 Mustang the even more badass Steve McQueen drove in Bullitt. The slightly metallic hue returned in 2001 when Ford produced its first special edition Bullitt Mustang GT. Nowadays you can get the color on the 2019 Mustang Bullitt, which complements the 425 horsepower V-8.
Mopar has a thing for eye-popping colors, but even by that measure Sublime stands out. Chrysler introduced the eye-searing shade in 1970, and has sprayed in on various Chargers and Challengers over the years. Nothing says muscle car like bright paint and rumbling exhaust.
Dark Bowling Green Metallic
Dark Bowling Green Metallic, an ode to the birthplace of most Corvettes, debuted on the C5 Corvette. It’s subtle compared to other Corvette colors, but it really pops in the sun and highlights the smooth curves of the low-slung fiberglass sports car.
We can’t make a list of famous greens without including the color synonymous with U.S. military might. The U.S. Army and Marine Corps slathers olive drab on damn near everything. It never made the leap to civilian Jeeps, but maybe it ought to. Few colors are so iconic.
Nothing about a Lamborghini is subtle, but if you need to make your car scream “look at me” even louder, look no further than Verde Mantis. This very yellow shade of green assaults your retinas in the same way tuned exhaust on an Aventador assails your eardrums— unapologetically. We like that.