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Purple Daytona, anybody?

Actually it is called Viola (almost anything sounds better in Italian - Giuseppe Verdi is in a whole different class from Joe Green) and it is the original colour.

It was parked next to me at a show yesterday and my first reaction was one of horror, but by the end of the day it had sort of grown on me.

What do you think of it? Bear in mind that when this car was built, we were at the end of the swinging '60s, going into the '70s, Carnaby Street, outrageous flares, kipper ties and Flower Power were all the rage and this is very much a colour of its time.
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John- Looks fine, but if she were mine, repaint.

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John, I rather like it. I'd keep it as is. I don't know if the computer screen is changing the colour however. There cannot have been many of this colour in RHD version. If this is the only one, I think I shared a traffic jam with it in London on a hot (for London) June, Saturday afternoon in 1974. Even at the time it was an unusual colour.Better taste than all the mustard coloured E-types,which were then fashionable and known affectionately by the factory as Wimpy Bar Specials.

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This color reminds me of Mopar Plum Crazy Purple. I'm color blind when it comes to Daytonas, I just love them all.
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Plum crazy was the dodge name for purple. Plymouth had the altogether cooler name of In-Violet.



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John- Looks fine, but if she were mine, repaint.
It would be criminal to repaint a rare and original 1970s colour. There are plenty of other cars in different colours. It is one of only two UK cars delivered new in that colour although I believe this car spent some of its life in Australia. The owner is a motorsports scrutineer (amongst other things) so you quite often see it parked in the corner of a racing paddock.


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The owner is a motorsports scrutineer (amongst other things) so you quite often see it parked in the corner of a racing paddock.
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I happen to have a purple suit still, among others ...

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Jonathan- Not to to me. Afraid rare paint does not make an impression on me, unless I like the color.

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I think its kind of cool. You don't see many purple cars that are not an obnoxious shade of purple. Plus how many purple Ferraris are there?
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Plus how many purple Ferraris are there?
Too many....

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I sort of like it.

I have a buddy with a 1973 Porsche with a similar color. It looks great on the older Porsche.

I'm of the opinion that the Daytona has to be seen in person to appreciate the color.
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John- Looks fine, but if she were mine, repaint.




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I love it. Fits the era. If you don't like it, why buy it? There are plenty of red Daytona's out there.

I love original '70ies colours. They go with the car, the times as they were when the car was new. The owner of this Marrone 365 Boxer repainted it red in 2007 after almost 30 years in its original colour. I still think he should be shot. Yes John, owner of 17861, I am talking to you.


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Purple Ferrari Daytona

You're absolutely right; the colour is Viola and it is the only remaining original in the world. It's owned by a chap called Bertie and he's a thoroughly nice guy!
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I happen to have a purple suit still, among others ...

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It works for me! The purple car, not thoughts of Jimmy's closet.

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It works for me! The purple car, not thoughts of Jimmy's closet.

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I am not a fond of purple, but if it's Deep, than yeah!
Really, I would not change the colour of this D, especially for being the original paint. It's unique and a testament of that era. It will always find somebody who will cherish her for the same reasons.
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JazzO said it very well. It isn't about the "in" color of today but what was considered cool in the period the car was made. It also lets you experience the period. I personally love the purple.
There are car companies which will make replicas of classic sports cars and so "Are cars are faster , better etc tec". I say so what? You aren't getting to play with the technology of the time and that is a shame. I love the almost 60 year old technology in my 190SL. Every time I get into it I feel I'm in the 1950s. How many can say that?

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