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Porsche Yellow – Shine like the sun!

August 11, 2023 / By Richard Lindhorst
Porsche Yellow – Shine like the sun!

Unlike many other car manufacturers, Porsche has always stood for bright, unusual colors. Whereas black, gray or silver otherwise dominate the automotive area, some very different colors played big roles at Porsche. One color is even named after another sports car manufacturer. Sacrilege! In some cases, yellow Porsches fetch significantly higher prices than models in more sedate colors. In our new edition of the Porsche color guide, we show you a few Porsche yellows from the past decades that have particularly appealed to us.

Condor Yellow – The Porsche yellow of the early 60s

At the beginning of the 1960s, pastel colors were very much in fashion. For example, the 1960/61 Porsche 356 was often ordered in Condor Yellow. This Porsche yellow was (unfortunately) not available for longer. It is a light, less obtrusive shade of yellow. It is very similar to the champagne yellow offered a little later.

Many Porsche 356s were painted in color code 6010 or (Reutter) 743 at the time. Open models in particular liked to shine in the Porsche Condor Yellow. In combination with black interior trim, the contrast is particularly effective on the Speedster. After all, the dashboard was also painted in body color at the time.

With their bold Signal Yellow, Porsche brought out a real cult color

After the pastel colors, car buyers increasingly dared to order richer colors in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Porsche responded to the change in demand and offered brighter colors. A Porsche yellow called Signal Yellow was offered on 911s and 912s starting in 1966 and still enjoys cult status. Even today, Signal Yellow can still be ordered via Porsche’s popular Paint-to-Sample program.

With its rich, bright yellow, it represents the flower power era in Porsche’s company history like hardly any other color. In the USA, Signal Yellow is affectionately known as “Skittles color”, in reference to the colorful chewing dragees. Until 1973, Signal Yellow was known under a total of four different color codes (R1007, 6823, 114 and 7272). Incidentally, this Porsche Yellow is also one of the more rarely chosen colors of the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7.

The Porsche yellow from Maranello – Ferrari yellow

Yes, you heard right. There is one color in Porsche’s history that was really called Ferrari Yellow. It is probably the rarest Porsche yellow ever and was painted in 1992 and 1993 on special customer request. Models of the type Porsche 964 Carrera RS America and 964 Turbo had this special color in very rare cases.

Ferrari Yellow also looks great on the Porsche 964 Carrera RS. © Automobile Can

The color code 10L stands for a bright, strong yellow. It is based on the Ferrari Light Yellow (FLY) or Giallo Fly and actually looks very good on Zuffenhausen sports cars as well. It is a touch brighter than the Porsche yellow that found many friends in the mid-90s – the Speed Yellow.

Speed Yellow – Porsche yellow par excellence

The Speed Yellow just mentioned has adorned Porsche models since 1993. While it can even be found relatively often on the Porsche 911, and later also on the Boxster and Cayman, Porsche 968 drivers for example didn’t choose speed yellow too often. It goes by the color code X4, 12H or (L)12G. Speed Yellow, just like Signal Yellow, can still be ordered via the Paint-to-Sample program (PTS).

Its appearance is very similar to Ferrari yellow, but a shade darker. 996/997 GT and Turbo models from the early 2000s were popularly ordered in Speed Yellow. Vehicles that are also equipped with matching yellow seat belts are particularly in demand. Speed Yellow is generally a relatively common Porsche yellow. Nevertheless, 911 GT3s and GT2s in this color are usually quickly out of stock. In keeping with the name, interested parties should therefore be quick!

Racing Yellow is the legitimate successor of Speed Yellow

In 2012, Speed Yellow was ousted from the regular Porsche color palette. Since then, Racing Yellow has been the new Porsche yellow for the particularly sporty models. This is because Racing Yellow was generally reserved only for the brand’s sports cars. Porsche had not planned to use the significantly brighter yellow for the Panamera, Macan, Cayenne, and Taycan.

1S1 or P3, as the color is called in the world of painters, was the launch color on the reissue of the Porsche 911 (Carrera) T for the 2018 model year. This is probably why the rate of Racing Yellow Porsche 991.2 Carrera T is quite high, while it appears quite rarely on the other models. Especially a Porsche 918 Spyder as shown above is a very rare sight to behold.

The color of the sun as a particularly extravagant choice – A yellow sports car is something for individualists

A yellow Porsche is no outrage! Of course, it needs a certain sense of style. But a fast car in yellow, plus black interior and, at best, combined with yellow seat belts…. a dream! A late Porsche 356 in a wonderful pastel called Condor Yellow is also simply a great bright spot.

In our opinion, anyone who opts for a yellow Porsche will be rewarded. Sure, yellow cars polarize. But anyone who walks up to a Speed Yellow Porsche 996 GT2 or a 964 Carrera RS finished in Ferrari Yellow can’t help but grin. Because yellow simply puts you in a good mood. It glows like the sun and, like red or green, for example, offers a very welcome splash of color in the otherwise often very subdued car world.

Titelbild: © Porsche Center Bergen

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