John Gilbert Staff Editor
October 26, 2015

For over 50 years since the Ford Mustang’s debut in mid-1964 right up until the introduction of the 2016 lineup, the color Red has been consistently popular throughout Mustang’s history and is the top seller overall accounting for 21 percent of all Mustangs ever sold.

From the farthest outreach of the Earth’s visible limits where the hemisphere curves into darkness there’s a primary color perceptible on the horizon line, so intense the ancient Greeks called the color kinnabari. Kinnabari in the modern world is more commonly known as Cinnabar a toxic ore of mercury, which has served for thousands of years to create red paint pigments.

These days, producing the color red comes at a greater expense than other less brilliant hues; because of its toxicity Cinnabar is rarely used to manufacture red pigments yet the substitute pigments needed to produce modern day red automotive paints are still the most expensive to afford.

#1 1965 Poppy Red: We’ll start our list chronologically focusing on the 1965 Mustang Fastback restomoded and reassembled on the showroom floor of Mustangs & Fast Fords right around the corner from TEN’s offices in Santa Ana, California. The color change scenario for a Ford Mustang is often the same as it is for a Ferrari headed for a repaint. There are more red Ferraris in the world than ever left the factory, and the same holds true for Mustangs.

The shop’s plans were originally to go bright red with white Shelby stripes, but when decoding the warranty plate revealed Poppy Red was the fastback’s original color its fate was sealed.

To read the Mustang Monthly article on this car in its entirety please click this link. http://www.mustangandfords.com/featured-vehicles/1508-a-1965-ford-mustang-fastback-used-as-showroom-bait/

#2 1968 Aspen Red: Appropriately our Aspen Red example shown here is on a 1968 High Country Special - a limited run model of Mustang made to pay homage to the state of Colorado, and its ski areas. The color was originally introduced in late 1957 with its debut on the 1958 Edsel as Ember Red, then in 1959 the exact formula moved to Mercury as Canton Red. In 1963 Gibson guitars offered Ember Red as a color choice for the Firebird a solid body electric. In 1967 formula was reintroduced as Aspen Red.

To view additional photos of the 1968 High Country Special shown here please click this link. http://www.mustangandfords.com/news/mump-0403-high-country-special-ford-mustang/photo-gallery/#4

#3 1969 Calypso Red: Interestingly if one looks deep into Calypso Red, the color reveals highlights of pure black specs and under certain light becomes indistinguishable from a bright orange. In late 1969 Calypso Red was introduced for the debut of the 1970 Ford Maverick as Thanks Vermillion.

To see more images of the 1969 Shelby GT350 shown here please click this link. http://www.mustangandfords.com/featured-vehicles/mdmp-0906-1969-shelby-gt350/photo-gallery/#14

#4 1969 Candyapple Red: Candy Apple Red is a custom color achieved by shooting a translucent red over a silver or gold base, which was all the rage in the late 1950s, but by custom painter standards, Ford naming its solid color rendition Candyapple Red was ludicrous. In Ford’s defense, its version mimicked an actual candy apple closer than customizers versions. First introduced in 1966 for the Mustang, we have it shown here on a nicely restored and very rare 1969 Mustang Shelby GT 500 convertible.

Please click here to see more http://www.mustangandfords.com/featured-vehicles/1504-reviving-a-1969-ford-mustang-shelby-g-t-500-scj-convertible/

#5 2003 Torch Red: Baddest of the bad when it was released in 2003, we’ve chosen T.C. Gordy’s 2003 Mustang SVT Cobra to exemplify Torch Red. Appearing on Ford passenger cars in 2001 as Colorado Red, the formula became Torch Red when selected for a 2002 Mustang and shows on paint reference charts until 2010, six years after the 2003-2004 SVT Cobra affectionately known as the “Terminator” short production run ended.

To see more of T.C. Gordy’s Torch Red ‘Stang please click this link. http://www.mustangandfords.com/featured-vehicles/1406-2003-ford-mustang-cobra-torch-strong/

#6 Ruby Red: Interestingly Ford chose not to moniker paint code M7283 with a name that revealed its Ruby Red is a true candy color in the tradition of old school custom painters. A trick discovered after custom painters learned using a silver base under candy apple red made it easy to stripe a candy job, in Larry Watson’s words “like a watermelon.” The next innovation was to use a metallic red base and then top with a translucent candy red. And this method is exactly how each and every new Ford Mustang that rolls off the assembly line in Ruby Red has a true candy apple red paint job that few custom painters of yore could duplicate.

#7 Race Red: We bet if our friends at Ford had enough room to write in the Mustang brochure’s color chart they would have named paint code M7236 Race Red “super sexy racy red.” On the other maybe Race Red is all that’s needed to describe the 2012 stage-three Roush Mustang in the following feature article archived at this link.

http://www.mustangandfords.com/featured-vehicles/1510-this-2012-race-red-roush-ford-mustang-is-a-real-corvette-killer/

#8 Playboy Pink: In addition to the usual color palate, Mustang has been offered in a variety of specialty shades that included Playboy Pink available only in 1967. According to Paintref.com there were two shades of Playboy Pink in 1967; the first was Ford code MX707908 followed by WT9036. Early Playboy was a light pinky pink with the later version more of a flesh-toned pink. In 1968 and 1969 paint code MX707908 became known as Passionate Pink. And there you have it, the 8 greatest reds to ever don a Mustang.