QotW: What’s the best shade of JNC orange?


With fall among us (well, not all of us, as it is a balmy 100 degrees in Los Angeles in October), the leaves are changing. Therefore, it’s time we ask:

What’s the best shade of JNC orange?

Japanese cars have always made great use of autumn hues, especially orange. For sports models ranging from the TE27 to the Z432, it was the hero color. Anecdotally, we’ve encountered more bone stock Datsun 240Zs finished in New Sight Orange than any other shade. Tragically, its a tone not seen on new cars any more.

What say you, dear reader? As always, the most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “Which JNC model name should be revived?

4150_Mazda RX7 Savanna FB

Though we had arguments for reviving names like Starion, Prelude, and nothing at all, this week’s most entertaining answer came from pstar, who said:

The Scion FR-S is the Toyota Celica, and I have long argued that it should be called as such. The BS Scion brand is a mistake.

3-door hot hatches are all but extinct, a real tragedy. I hate all these lame 5-doors running around. I think it’d be pretty slick if Toyota would make a 3-door hatch of the new Corolla and call it a Corolla FX. Almost nobody, including the customers, would get the reference, but it wouldn’t harm it at all. Toyota shouldn’t even given the Matrix its own name, just called it a Corolla wagon.

Then theres the RX7. The RX7 has only ever been a 2-door, 2-seat*, rotary powered sportscar. It will never be 4 doors, it will never have a piston engine, it will never be an electric car. The 911 is the only other car that has lasted multiple generations being an inherently “odd” vehicle and still badass as fuck. RX7 HAS to be revived, because a Mazda without it is a lamed and maimed Mazda. No matter how good the 2,3,6, and Miata may be, Mazda can’t have complete lineup without a RX. Its like a hamburger without a patty.

Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!

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12 Responses to QotW: What’s the best shade of JNC orange?

  1. Mr.Northcove says:

    “QotW: What’s the best shade of JNC orange?” That question is so delightfully car-nerdy! Love it! Mvote would go to the shade Toyota used on the TE27.

  2. Coltspeed says:

    ^ wait that looks more like generic grabber orange not the original te27 enamel

    therefore i nominate colt galant gto mr orange
    limited production car with unique paint colour


  3. mister k says:

    ben isn’t your 240z pic the baby poo not the orange?

  4. Seiko's Celica says:

    The RA29 in bright orange is a stunner, no other words needed, simple as that…

  5. JimmieB says:

    Well, I’m going to be biased and vote for ’76 Datsun burnt orange, the color of my
    high school ride (a 620 P.U.) That color never seemed dark to me until I compared
    it to Testors competition orange, wow, what a difference. Like night & day.

  6. TommyG says:

    1974 Datsun 180B GL topped off with the almighty (once) white vinyl roof!!!

    talk about 6 degrees of seperation… in Australia everybody knows somebody who knew somebody who rocked a 180B with that carroty ginger sunset hue!

  7. Honda600King says:

    That’s easy Ben! In the “call it what it is” category, Honda’s Z600 “Pop Orange” is the best orange out there! It’s iconic!

  8. Rich S says:

    Yes, my favorite color would be the orange shown on the 240Z in your first Pic 😉

  9. JHMAB2 says:

    Blast, I thought I had a chance at winning that last question. These are good arguments though.

    Since I usually do Honda’s for these questions, I’ll nominate the Civic’s Santa Fe orange. Honda has even brought it back with the Fit

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