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alwaysakid

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I've Got The Blues

By alwaysakid

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Usually one doesn't want to have the blues. But I like the blues. I like rhythm and blues music, and I seem to like cars that are blue in color.
After I purchased my Mitsubishi, I realized out of four cars I currently own, three of them are blue. Had I thought about that before I bought that car, I might've held out for something in a different color. As much as I like the color blue, I like variety, too. I think I like variety more than I like blue, which might be partly why all four of my cars are different makes.
While I like the color blue, I wouldn't say it's my favorite color. But there sure are a lot of nice shades of blue out there. And whoever makes the paint for cars deserves accolades for a lot of those nice shades.
Of the three blue cars I own, I didn't buy any of them because they were blue, but it was a factor in two cases.
When I bought the Celica, I wanted something small and sporty and there weren't many choices out there. In fact, of all the car lots I visited in Sioux Falls at the time, all I found in my price range were a red Mustang, a red Celica, a white Celica, a black Celica and the blue Celica. There weren't a lot of options, and it appeared the odds were stacked in favor of getting a Celica. I got the best deal on the blue Celica, and I liked the color.
Then came the Studebaker. I actually went to buy a '61 Studebaker Hawk but it turned out to be in much worse shape than the seller first told me and the work it needed was way more than I could afford, never mind the price of the car. But I knew he also had the '50 Champion for sale and asked to see it. I've always liked the bullet-nose Studebakers, but because of the shade of blue this one wore, it appeared to be the prettiest bullet-nose I'd ever seen (OK, I know, I know, the bullet nose is chrome, don't get technical on me).
When I went to look at Mistubishis, the one I purchased seemed to stand out on the lot because it was such a nice shade of blue. I really went to look at Mitsubishis because I had never owned one before (there's that variety thing again) and always liked the Eclipse. I had first sought a Nissan Juke and looked at a red one, but the Nissan dealer didn't like our trade-in (the yellow [not blue] Mazda), while the Mitsubishi dealer seemed to really want it. And since the Outlander was similar to the Juke but had more interior room and got slightly better gas mileage, I ended up with another blue car in the garage.
Then I started thinking about the cars I've had in the past, and quite a few of them are blue. In fact, if I counted right, I've had nine blue cars, way more than any other color.
So, why am I telling you this? I don't know, it just seemed like a catchy title for a blog, "I've Got The Blues." Why did you read it?

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May 15, 2012 at 10:01 am
Wow, great way to get the blues! At first I thought it said I've got the booze, then I put my glasses on!

Way cool!
 
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TerryO
Nov 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm
It's good to have a favorite color. Sorry but I only made it through the first two paragraphs. I really like your Studebaker.
 
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oldmandan
Nov 4, 2011 at 2:26 pm
I like Blue cars to.Blue is a nice passive color kinda soothes the beast.(LOL) My 56 fairlane is blue (turquoise) and I like it real well DAN
 
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olskool31coupe
Oct 31, 2011 at 9:23 am
Gosh, I forgot my Blue '78 Suburban and Blue and Silver '86 Bronco. . .and Green '94 Explorer Limited, which is really out of character!!
 
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olskool31coupe
Oct 31, 2011 at 9:21 am
I've also had my share of blue cars. . .my '56 Ford Parklane Wagon, the Pro Street '31 Ford Tudor Sedan and the '64 Corvette Coupe. With the exception of the 'Vette, these were blue by choice when I painted them. I've also owned a Blue and Tan '98 Eddie Bauer Explorer, a Blue '01 Explorer Limited, a Steel Blue '04 Grand Cherokee Limited and a Steel Blue '08 Grand Cherokee Limited.
But Black has also been a popular choice in my garage, so I guess I come out of this discussion looking a bit "bruised" in Black 'n Blue!! I've owned a Black & Gold '76 Trans Am, a Black '70 'Cuda, a Black '06 Explorer Limited, a Black '01 Explorer Limited and a Black '06 Grand Cherokee Limited.
I have broken that up over the years with a Beige '63 Thunderbird, a Burnt Orange '70 Barracuda Gran Coupe and my Red '70 'Cuda Convertible.
Strange. . .when I was a kid, my favorite color seemed to be Yellow!!
 
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canadianpontiac
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Oct 31, 2011 at 7:47 am
Good choice!
While not my all-time favorite colour, I don't hate it either.
From the internet:
More people claim blue as their favorite color than any other color (over 50%). Blue cars have been among the top selling cars for decades. Blue denim is the most common clothing material in the western world. Men and boys in particular favor blue.
Blue symbolism associates blue with freedom, strength and new beginnings. Blue skies are emblematic of optimism and better opportunities. Blue is the color of loyalty and faith. Blue is power. Blue is also the color of protection. Blue symbolism is nearly universal in meaning. As a result, blue is used in national flags and symbols around the world, including the flag of the United Nations.
 
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GoldenGirl
Oct 31, 2011 at 6:01 am
I love blue cars too but unfortunately my husband doesn't. I had a 1991 Cadillac Sedan DeVille that was light blue that I absolutely loved. It has retired and gone south, my niece in SC is driving it now. :-)

The car that I recently bought was purchase absolutely on color alone, which sounds insane for car people, I know. We went to look at Dodge Challengers, hunting for a Petty Blue with the R/T stripe, but I was hesitant to pay half of what a home costs for a car. So we continued driving around the Auto Park and there was an orange Challenger sitting up front in the used car section of the Nissan dealer. We drove in to have a look at it but there were several people and a sales guy standing by it so we said, oh well, forget it. Drove around the back of the dealership because we were already pointed that way and saw this beautifully colored Altima sitting with several cars they had just rolled out of new car prep. The color is called Ocean and it looks blue/grey. We knew NOTHING about a Nissan or an Altima. However, in about two hours I was driving it home.

I love my Altima!! It is an awesome daily driver and a fabulous driving car for vacations. The first week we had it we drove from Northern VA to SC, then to Valdosta, GA, then to Key West, then to Fort Myers Beach FL, then back to VA. 31 mpg straight out of the box! Actually the perfect car for our needs and in that color we couldn't resist.

Still wish I had a Petty Blue Challenger though...then again, dreams aren't reasonable are they?

Thanks for the post, Kid!

GG
 
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CorvairJim
Oct 31, 2011 at 1:28 am
I hadn't realized it, but I've had seven blue cars myself (if you include turquoise) that I can think of right offhand:

1960 Corvair 700 sedan
1961 Corvair 700 Lakewood wagon
1965 Corvair Monza coupe (Red interior! Repainted from it's original white by a previous owner)
1966 Corvair 500 Sport Sedan
1970 Chevy Greenbrier (Chevelle) wagon
1979 Malibu coupe
1989 Beretta GT

I clearly like blue cars too. In fact, I very nearly bought a medium metallic blue Cobalt SS instead of my red one!
 

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