Preparing to celebrate its 50th birthday, the Ford Mustang has seen a lot of vehicle trends come and go, and this especially goes for paint colors. Using historical production data, Ford has managed to create an infographic dating back to 1967 that breaks down the three top Mustang colors for each year as well as calling out some of the more interesting trends and colors over the years.

Over its five generations, the Mustang has been offered in a seemingly endless rainbow – from Playboy Pink in '67 and color-changing Mystichrome on the 2004 Cobra – but the most popular has always been red, which is the color of choice for 21 percent of all Mustangs ever made. Almost every year since 1967, red has been among the top three colors for the Mustang, but other popular colors have included blue, white, brown and, most recently, black. There are even websites and registries available for people owning certain-color Mustangs.

As the all-new 2015 Mustang gets ready for its debut later this year, there's no telling what kind of exciting and/or wacky colors Ford has in store. Click on the image above to see the full infographic (choose the "large" option for optimal viewing), or check it out in a smaller size along with the press release posted below.

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HORSES OF A DIFFERENT COLOR: FROM GULFSTREAM AQUA TO RUBY RED, 50 YEARS OF SHIFTING FORD MUSTANG COLOR FAVORITES

-Ford Mustang exterior paint color popularity shifts from the top-selling green and blue in the 1960s to best-selling black and red today
-Red has been consistently popular throughout Mustang's history and is the top seller overall, adorning about 21 percent of all Mustangs
-The past 50 years of Mustang have brought eye-catching, special-edition colors like Mystichrome, Playboy Pink and Gotta Have It Green to the road
-Exterior paint colors help bond Mustang owners to create clubs dedicated not only to the car but to specific colors


The world has changed dramatically in the past 50 years and the favored color choices of Ford Mustang drivers have shifted as well. As television transitioned from black-and-white to color, Mustang reflected the incoming fashion trends with a palate of vibrant colors.

In the five decades since, color shifts to more muted browns and yellows and back to today's bolder hues have given Mustang a different tint from many other cars.

While the best-selling vehicle color in the U.S. today is white, Mustang bucks the trend; just a mere 10 percent of Mustangs sold today are white.

Currently, black is the best-selling Mustang exterior paint color, up 10 percent over the last decade to account for 28 percent of all 2013 Mustangs sold. By comparison, only about 1.5 percent of customers between 1967 and 1973 went for black Mustangs according to historical production data provided by Marti Auto Works, the licensed supplier of Ford Motor Company production records.

On the other hand, red which has always been a popular color for sports cars, accounts for nearly 21 percent of all Mustangs ever sold. One of the most traditional colors – it owned just over 10 percent of total Mustangs sold in 1967 – red Mustangs account for approximately 22 percent of all Mustang sales over the last decade.

Blue has made a comeback recently, after dominating the early years of Mustang, reaching a peak of 30 percent of all cars in 1968 when six different shades were offered. The availability of eye-catching shades like Grabber Blue and Kona Blue have helped that primary color capture as much as 23 percent of sales in recent years.

Other early favorites such as green, yellow and brown have largely faded away in the 21st century. Green and yellow have mostly been found on limited edition Mustangs like the Bullitt and Boss 302 while the last brown Mustangs were built in 1989.

In addition to the typical color palate, Mustang has been offered in a variety of specialty shades ranging from hot Playboy Pink in 1967 to color-shifting Mystichrome on the 2004 SVT Cobra to today's Gotta Have It Green. As a vehicle that first prided itself as "the car designed to be designed by you," Mustang has offered customers their pick of colors, packages and special editions to make Mustang their own.

"Our Mustang owners are passionate about their cars, and the exterior paint color they choose invokes an emotional response to the vehicle," said Melanie Banker, Ford Mustang marketing manager. "Mustang owners buy a vehicle in School Bus Yellow or Grabber Blue because it reflects what they want their Mustang to say to the world about them."

The passion that surrounds the Mustang brand and customer is punctuated by the color that wraps the exterior of the vehicle. For some owners, the Mustang paint color runs deeper than the paint on the shell of the vehicle – it helps create a bond between fellow Mustang owners who share the same passion for their cars.

The Yellow Mustang Registry is dedicated to the owners and enthusiasts of yellow Mustangs. Founded in 2001, the registry has more than 8,932 members and 8,984 registered vehicles worldwide, and has hosted more than 60 events since its founding. The yellow Mustangs in the registry range from early Springtime Yellow, offered 1965-66, to Zinc Yellow, introduced in 2000.

Similarly, AllRedMustangs.com devoted to "Ford Mustangs 1964-present – as long as it's red," has more than 1,300 members across 14 countries.

"Your car is an extension of you and embraces your personality," says Steve Schattem, president and owner, AllRedMustangs.com. "I think red has become more popular over the years since the Mustang became America's muscle car.

"Color registries are a great way to bring people with a commonality together. It's another way to share a common bond," says Schattem.


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      Yo G Dawg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford is forgetting their own history on this. Mystic paint was offered on the 1996 cobra as well, not quite as vibrant as Mystichrome, but its inspiration was from Mystic in 1996. All were BASF paint and rumored to cost upwards of $1,000/qt.
        • 1 Year Ago
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      gtv4rudy
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a kid in 1982 I bought a used, very clean maroon '67 Mustang with a 289 auto. w/manual steering from an older person and I loved that thing because it just looked so beautiful. I liked the hard top more than the fastback.
      ngiotta
      • 1 Year Ago
      Interesting. This is a pretty unique look at the tastes of a particular segment, since the Mustang is the only muscle/pony car that has remained in production for the last 49 years. Perhaps that's because there are so many people like me keep buying them. My wife tells me that if I buy any more, I'm going to have to lease one of those metal buildings to store some of them in. What can I say? It's a sickness.
      JayP
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lime Green was the perfect color for my S197. I love it, my ex hates it. Perfect.
      Patrick Schultz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bring back mystichrome
      Jesus!
      • 1 Year Ago
      You know what they left off? Purple.
      Jesus!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh and does anyone remember the brown Mustang in 2000? I certainly do not!
        EXP Jawa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jesus!
        There was a "Sunburst Gold" that maybe could be construed as a light brown. It certainly leaned more toward brown then it did yellow, I think.
          jeffreynross
          • 1 Year Ago
          @EXP Jawa
          You are correct. I just checked with Ford and it is considering Sunburst Gold (more of a tan color) as brown. http://paintref.com/cgi-bin/colorcodedisplay.cgi?type=sample&ditzler=5481&syear=2000&smanuf=Ford&smodel=Mustang&sname=Sunburst%20Gold&name=2000_00007_01&scomm=
          Jesus!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @EXP Jawa
          Oh yeah that was nasty nasty lol.
        Autoholics Anonymous
        @Jesus!
        I believe I have seen a few of them around a few years ago but I always thought it was someone's custom color.
      johnb
      • 1 Year Ago
      Long live the mustang, an overachieving secretary's car at an affordable price in an attractive body.
      neonrt
      • 1 Year Ago
      NINE! NINE different blues in 1967! I give Ford a little credit for offering two blues today, most companies only offer one version of a color if they offer it at all. Is it really that expensive to offer more colors? Why can't we get more colors offered? It seems like every company has black, silver, white, grey, then three or four colors. Like Ford, black, silver, white, grey, bright red, dark red, bright blue, dark blue, lime green. Why not offer other options as extra cost colors, or limited availability?
        dovegraybird
        • 1 Year Ago
        @neonrt
        I agree we need more options, but referencing 1967 is a bit odd. In 1967 GM had 50% of the market, Ford more than 30%, numbers neither will have again. Either 1976 or 1977 was the the year of the most color choice. I think the average make had 23 options that year.
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      Jesus!
      • 1 Year Ago
      My first Mustang was a 99 35th anniversary in silver. Car was a trooper. Was hit on every single panel except the roof, hood, and driver fender. Ragged that car and still kept going, even tho it was the slow v-6. Next one was a 2002 Zinc Yellow V6 auto with the black Mustang stripe and spoiler. No it was not the fastest but I absolutely loved that yellow. In my opinion Ford has never made a better yellow. On the down side, the car was hit multiple times and I even had someone pull out right in front of me. I thought, how do they miss yellow?! But apparently I guess it can trick the mind. Anyway, I have loved Mustangs always until the current gen and the next one looks like something I am still not interested in. When we can have another Mustang that looks like one(talking about next gen), and is all American, my dollars may go back. Until then, I am saddened, and will buy something else.
        JaredW
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jesus!
        How many accidents have you been in? At some point, you can't blame the car color.
          Jesus!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @JaredW
          Haha I was 20-21 when I had the first one. Party years. Drunk people running into it in parking lots after 2 AM. Was rearended once by a Wrangler. Another drunk driver side swiped me once. Had to testify against that dude.Yellow one, I was sideswiped on a Houston freeway, hit in the back quarter panel by someone pulling off a side exit and I was in the process of getting over into that lane, and it was hit again in the University of Oklahoma parking lot, apparently enough to bend the frame(was already hit in that spot lol). Crazy crazy but I loved them both, yellow one the most though.
      thumerzs
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm a big fan of red - but the current "Race Red" is way too orange for my tastes. The Ruby Red looks great, but it's just not the same.
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