If used car journos like your humble correspondent are to be believed, silver is the only colour to buy. For years, us lot have espoused the virtues of silver, grey or black cars for ease of resale, ensuring essentially that you can get rid of your next car before you've even bought it. And it seems this advice is borne out on the market itself where, in the first quarter of 2018, monochrome colours accounted for 1.3 million used car sales - more than the rest of the spectrum combined.
The trouble with this, of course, is that while it's a safe option, it makes our roads a very dull place. Stand on a motorway bridge and the traffic streaming beneath you can seem like a cavalcade of anonymity, each car differentiated only by a slightly lighter or darker shade of grey. Wouldn't it be far more interesting if we chose something a little more colourful?
Of course, I understand I'm at risk of sounding rather vacuous here, but really, you could do an awful lot worse than buying based on colour. After all, it seems a shame to spend your life driving a car bought for the person who'll own it after you. What's more, with some exceptions (I'm looking at you, salmon pink Fiat 500), it's usually the more brightly coloured cars that are the more interesting.
Actually, my attention right now has been diverted by another kind of Fiat, one that's a little older, a lot more interesting and much less of a pastiche: this Fiat Punto GT. It's super rare to find a good one of these kicking around, let alone one finished in this delightfully 1990s shade of metallic gold (which, as the advert points out, was one of the launch colours for the model). That this one's a low-miler with evidence of plenty of care and maintenance, including a recent cambelt, only adds to its appeal. Not a bad way to get yourself a fix of colour - especially given that it's £3,500. Who said all the cool old hot hatches were stupid money now?
Or, for only a couple of hundred quid more, how's about this rather tidy old W124 Mercedes 230TE Estate? Surely the classiest old wagon out there for the money, this one's finished in a very fetching two-tone metallic turquoise with a cream leather interior. Sounds awful, I know, but I reckon it works. The 141k on the clock shouldn't trouble it, especially given the history, and it's had quite a lot of expensive bits replaced recently which is a sign the previous owner hasn't shirked repairs. Plus, while these old estates aren't prime future classic fodder, you shouldn't lose money on one.
If green's more your thing, may I draw your attention to this fantastic Porsche 911 SC? At £54,995, it's possibly a little on the strong side, but then again what air-cooled 911 isn't these days? The colour combo's just terrific, too - Lindgrun on the outside with the beige dress tartan interior. What's more, this example's had an enormous amount of restorative work thrown at it, so if the advert's to be believed, it's in prime condition for using and enjoying - though I'd reserve judgement till you've looked it over, as the alignment on that nearside front wing looks a little wonky. Still, I'm probably in the minority here, but a classic 911 specced like this one would be high on my list of lottery win cars.
Mind you, if that's a little too 'period' for you, how's about this BMW 1 M Coupe, a blast of orange in a world of drab grey German saloons? The mileage on this one is practically non-existent at just 17k - and while in using it more you'll probably destroy some of its considerable value, it seems a shame to leave it tucked up in a garage. And anyway, while these 1 Ms might seem bonkers expensive right now, I reckon in 10 or 20 years' time, we'll look back and think of this as cheap, so you can probably afford to stick a few more miles on it. And in any case, you wouldn't be buying a bright orange car if you were all that fussed about resale values, would you?