11 of our favorite stripe packages

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Sporty cars just look good with stripes. It’s a fact. Ever since race teams added stripes to differentiate their cars on the track, they’ve been a go-to option for sports car and muscle car styling.

Longitudinal stripes can accent body lines or hood scoops while transverse stripes can visually shorten overhangs, and an all-out, stripe-filled package can help solidify a car’s place in the showroom pecking order.

We love them all. Here are just some of our favorite examples, in no particular order. 

Shelby Mustang GT350
Shelby Mustang GT350 Brandan Gillogly

The Shelby Mustang GT350 was the first production car to feature twin hood stripes, and Mustangs have been keeping them alive ever since.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Brandan Gillogly

Not to be left out, Chevrolet put wide stripes on the hood of the Z/28, each framed with pinstripes

1970 Plymouth AAR 'Cuda
1970 Plymouth AAR 'Cuda Barrett-Jackson

Strobe stripes on the 1970 AAR ‘Cuda are broken up more and more frequently as they travel to the back of the car, creating a unique effect.

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Brandan Gillogly
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Brandan Gillogly

While we’re on the subject of Trans Am competitors, the Boss 302 had a couple of great stripe packages, including one that traveled up the hood before veering down the fender and rearward, and perhaps the more recognizable side scallops.

1969 Chevrolet Nova Yenko
1969 Chevrolet Nova Yenko Brandan Gillogly

Any muscle car fan will tell you that Yenco stripes on a car meant it was packing real horsepower. The big-block Nova was one of the most potent of all Yenko Super Cars, and its perfectly-shaped stripe that widens as it moves rearward is the perfect accent to an otherwise understated performance upgrade.

1970 Plymouth Road Runner
1970 Plymouth Road Runner Brandan Gillogly

Plymouth had to have a good sense of humor to market a car like the Road Runner. If you need any more proof, we present the tape stripe running down the side of the ’70 Road Runner. Appearing from its faux quarter panel vent, it’s a dust trail kicked up by the eponymous desert sprinter. Meep-meep.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Gillogly

Hockey stripes on ’69 Camaros frame the engine displacement emblem and flow rearward, implying motion and speed even when the car is still, just like the crisp bodylines that run rearward from each wheel opening.

1970 American Motors Rebel Machine
1970 American Motors Rebel Machine Brandan Gillogly

AMC’s Rebel Machine not only wore a blue center stripe over its white base, but also a red stripe that ended in a wider red, white, and blue pennant on the rear of the quarter panel for a patriotic flourish.

GTO Judge
1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Barrett-Jackson

Contrasting black stripes with a bright pinstripe outline over Carousel Red paint make the GTO Judge instantly recognizable. It’s a nice flourish that follows the curve of the fender and greenhouse.

BMW E9 CSL
BMW E9 CSL Brandan Gillogly

The E9 CSL’s stripes have become seared into every BWM fan’s brain. The tri-color blue, purple, and red have been worn on performance BMWs for decades, but never was it better represented than here.

We didn’t even cover all of the stripe packages we love and barely got into European cars, so we know we missed a lot. Let us know your favorite stripe package, race or factory, in the comment section.

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