“Since 1970, Plum Crazy has been one of the most desired paint colours for the Dodge Challenger and Charger.”

2016 Dodge Challenger 392 HEMI® Scat Pack Shaker (left) and Charger R/T Road & Track (right)

2016 Dodge Challenger 392 HEMI® Scat Pack Shaker (left) and Charger R/T Road & Track (right)

Back for a limited-production run, the iconic Plum Crazy exterior paint will be made available on 2016 Dodge Challenger and Charger models.

“With our strongest muscle-car arsenal ever, we knew it was time to reach into our Dodge paint code archive and offer our high-performance R/T Scat Pack and SRT Hellcat models in one of the most iconic exterior colors of all time,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and Chief Executive Officer – Dodge Brand and SRT Brand, FCA – North America.

Earmarked for the eye-catching paint job are the 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat models and 485-horsepower naturally aspirated R/T Scat Pack models.

Since 1970, Plum Crazy has been one of the most desired paint colors for the Dodge Challenger and Charger. Today, the enthusiast demand for this heritage hue is stronger than ever – as the signature paint color is directly associated with high collectability and the famed “Mopar-or-no-car” legacy. Add in the widest performance range ever for the 2016 Challenger and Charger, and there hasn’t been a better time to paint the Dodge brand’s iconic muscle car arsenal in the nostalgic color.

Limited edition models and limited production paint colours add collectibility, accounting for less than 11 percent of the entire global production of Dodge Charger and Challenger to date.


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When it comes to picking a shade to best represent your vehicular product, sometimes silver or a black just won’t do.

There were some standout hues on vehicles displayed at the recent LA Auto Show, goodness knows which, if any of them, will make it your local showrooms.

Here are a few vehicles that not only had flair, but the paintwork to match.

Ford Edge Electric

Ford Edge Electric

2015 Ford Edge

If the name “Electric Spice” doesn’t grab your attention, then the actual colour itself will. You could label it as bright gold. But not a gaudy gold. Yes, it’s bright, and probably will repulse some crossover shoppers, but it doesn’t look half bad on the 2015 Ford Edge.


Chevrolet Spark

Chevrolet Spark

2015 Chevrolet Spark

Lime and Electric Blue are just some colours you will find on Chevrolet’s pint-sized cars. While they might not attract your gaze because of their size, they can certainly catch your eye because of their electrifying tones.


Mercedes-Benz GLA

Mercedes-Benz GLA

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA

While you might not be able to option your new Mercedes-Benz GLA out with this paintwork, it’s pretty darn cool. Mr. Brainwash, an LA-based but world-renowned street artist, partnered with Mercedes-Benz to create a one-of-a-kind GLA crossover that toured eight cities. Aside from it being awesome, you can see that the paint literally got everywhere.


Dodge Challenger

Dodge Challenger

2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger

Don’t call me baby, even if it might be blue. The head-turning colour I’m referring to is the B5 Bly that was draped over Dodge’s two new models: the Challenger and Charger. You can see it from miles away, and whether you option it out on the sedan or coupe, you’re bound to get some attention. That’s if your HEMI isn’t doing its job!


Nissan Juke
Nissan Juke

2015 Nissan Juke

Love it or hate it, the Nissan Juke is here to stay. And rightfully so. If you can get past its quirky looks, it’s quite a fun vehicle to drive. But what would a Juke be without some exterior zest? For 2015, it is redesigned and offers a long list of standard tech features, more connectivity and importantly, a way to stand out in the crowd. With Nissan’s Color Studio, Juke owners can find nearly unlimited color personalization for their new ride.

Grey and orange, anyone?


Lexus Concept

Lexus Concept

Lexus LF-C2 Concept

It think the metallic sunbeam-like yellow speaks for itself, don’t you think?


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“The Charger has an aggressive stance but this is also a car that can blend into the crowd, it doesn’t need to scream at the top of its voice that is left for the engine to do…”

RS Alfa Romeo Alfetta-01

It’s a lucky thing that ‘Cash for Clunkers’ was enacted after any of these movies were made.

These films would each have been a bit less amusing without their “star” cars.

  1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – 1979 Alfa Romeo Alfetta 2000 Sport Sedan: Ferris Bueller’s long-suffering best friend Cameron Frye “drove” this faded and rusty Alfa Romeo sedan, sort of anyway. He never really got it started. Best diagnosis from our Alfa Romeo fans is the failure of something called a thermostatic actuator. We’re not making that up. I swear.
  2. The Big Lebowski – 1973 Ford Gran Torino: Jeff Bridges’ character Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski is a man that the narrator opined “might be the laziest man in Los Angeles County, which would place him high in the running for laziest man worldwide.” He’s also a man who wrote a check in the amount of 69 cents for a carton of half and half and he drives a 1973 Ford Torino that was evidently some sort of shade of white, yellow, beige or gold prior to acquiring its as-filmed “patina” of rust, dents and primer spots.
  3. Body Heat – 1964 Corvette: William Hurt plays an easily duped ambulance chaser of a Florida lawyer in this neo-noir classic. In addition to the fact that Kathleen Turner delivered a star-making performance in the film, we love it for the faded and disheveled but totally original Riverside Red ’64 Corvette convertible that Hurt’s character drives.
  4. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective – 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo: Jim Carey’s character “Ace Ventura” obviously cares more about the animals he is searching for than the car he is driving. Things go south almost immediately for Ace as his Monte Carlo is pummeled shortly after the opening credits by an angry man with a baseball bat. He is forced to spend the rest of the movie driving around with his head hanging out of the window, much like his canine companions.
  5. Joe Dirt – 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona: David Spade’s eponymous character drives a beat-to-hell ’69 Dodge Daytona, which probably gave at least a few MOPAR enthusiasts a stroke mid-movie. Like Mr. Dirt’s mullet, the Daytona is all business up front, party in the back, featuring an ultra-aerodynamic nose cone and a rear wing of comical proportions.

*Rob Sass is the vice-president of content for Hagerty Insurance. Hagerty is the world’s leading specialist provider of classic car and boat insurance. Learn more at hagerty.ca.

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