What Color Ford Mustang is Most Popular?

A Horse of a Different Color
Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Have you ever wondered which color Ford Mustang has been the most popular over the years? If so, you’re not alone. Many enthusiasts want to know not only which colors have been available since the car was introduced in 1964 but also which are the most collectible and popular.

Simply Red

For the Mustang's 50th anniversary in 2014, Ford Motor Company shed some light on the subject of historical color popularity with a chart called "A Horse of a Different Color." According to the chart, red had been the color of choice over the past five decades, having made up almost 21 percent of all Mustangs sold over the years.

Some iconic Mustang reds include the original Poppy Red, available in 1964 and 1965; the Candyapple Red of the 1966, 1967, and 1968 model years; the burnt orange/red Emberglo of 1966; and the super-rare Lava Red of 2012, a deep, dark shimmery red that reads as black until you get out in the sun.

True Blue

That said, Ford's 2014 chart shows that shades of blue were the most popular colors in the 1960s. In 1967, Ford made nine different shades of blue available to buyers. By the following year, 30 percent of Mustangs sold had a blue exterior. Within the next five years, Ford would put out another 10 different shades, all with such catchy names as Kona, Acapulco, and Arcadian.

Eye Dazzlers

In addition, quite a few special-edition colors have been offered over the years. We’re talking about Playboy Pink and the color-shifting Mystichrome (found on the 2004 SVT Cobra). Then there were the almost neon-bright "Grabber" colors, which came in green, lime, blue, yellow, and orange. Some special-edition Mustangs are known for their specific exterior colors, such as the Bullitt Mustang's signature Highland Green exterior. In another example, the special-edition 2013 Boss 302 Mustang was offered with a School Bus Yellow exterior.

Color Crazy

No doubt, Mustang owners are passionate about the color of their ride. Several clubs and registries exist for Mustang owners of specific vehicle colors. For instance, there’s the Yellow Mustang Registry, which is dedicated to the owners and enthusiasts of yellow Mustangs. Founded in 2001, the registry has more than 9,000 members and 9,000 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.

Then there’s the All Red Mustangs, whose website is devoted to “Ford Mustangs 1964–present—as long as it’s red." As of 2018, the registry has more than 8,000 members and 10,000 registered vehicles worldwide. Steve Schattem, the club's president and founder, started the club in 2012 as a counterpoint to the "sea of yellow" that he says he spotted at the Carlisle Ford Nationals that same year.

Paint it Black

While red remained the color of choice for buyers for many decades, that changed with the introduction of the 5th generation Mustangs in the early 2000s. Today, buyers prefer their Mustangs to be painted black. As for white, while that is the most popular colored car sold in the United States today, only 10 percent of Mustangs are sold in that color.