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Hello and happy new year. I have returned from a multi-day meditation period—where I consumed nothing but mint tea and contemplated the energy of the galaxy—until I finally was able to center my thoughts around a singular Opinion: blue is the best color for cars.

This Opinion, like so many other opinions, is by no means Law. No one is supposed to walk away from this piece feeling as though my Opinion was forced upon them. Yet, it is my wish that you will see things my way at the conclusion of hearing out my Opinion.

But! Before we proceed any further, here is some music to set the tone of things.

See, blue by itself is a lovely color. We love blue skies. Blue jeans. Blue gemstones. Blue reminds us of water, which we are biologically and emotionally drawn to.

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And there are so many shades of blue to be had! Dark navies, nearly black or purple, Mediterranean ceruleans to pale seafoams. Metallic or flat, each are delightful. Blue can be dressed up or down. You want something flashier? Give that sucker a metallic coat of lighter blue. Want a more subdued look? There are inky blues that can do just that.

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And the wheels! You can put any color wheels on a blue car. Black, silver, gunmetal gray or gold—it doesn’t matter, it will look great.

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What really seals it for me is the contrast that these blues play with the color of a car’s tail lights and trim. From the front, the white of the headlights and the black of the grille contrast so nicely with the body paint. From the back, either red- or amber-colored tail lights are a dream. Blue and orange are complementary colors. That’s why they are so pleasing together.

All of the cars owned by Jalopnik staffers in New York City happen to be blue. Is this a coincidence? You tell me.

Tom’s car. Photo: Tom McParland

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Erik’s car. Photo: Erik Shilling
Raph’s car. Photo: Raphael Orlove
Ballaban’s car. Photo: Raphael Orlove

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My car. Photo: Kristen Lee
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