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Color-coded advertising: Brown

Although brown cars have been around for decades, their heyday was undeniably the 1970s when companies from all over the automotive galaxy offered at least one shade of it. In retrospect, brown went remarkably well with cars that were often laden with emissions equipment such as air pumps and 5-mph bumpers.

Brown largely fell out of vogue over the course of the 1990s as automakers experimented with brighter, more complex colors. Certain shades of it started to make a comeback – generally in matte or metallic – when the 21st century rolled around and Volvo, Porsche, Subaru and Fiat are among the automakers that offer brown in their current palette of colors. Pure brown remains rare on this side of a UPS truck, however.

Which car do you think looks best in brown?

Austin Princess
austin-princess

BMW 528i (E28)
bmw-528i-brown

Citroën CX
citroen-cx-brown

Fiat Panda (mk1)
fiat-panda-brown

GMC Suburban
gmc-suburban

Honda Civic
honda-civic-brown

Jaguar XJ12C
jaguar-xj12c-brown

Jeep CJ-7
jeep-cj-7

Maserati Biturbo
maserati-biturbo-brown

Mazda RX-7
mazda-rx-7

Mercedes-Benz 300SD (w116)

mercedes-benz-w116-300sd

Nissan President
nissan-president-brown

Peugeot 504 Coupe
peugeot-504-coupe

Porsche 911
porsche-911-turbo

Renault 25
renault-25

Saab 9000
saab-9000

Saab-Lancia 600
saab-lancia-600

Škoda 120 GLS
skoda-120-gls

Subaru Leone

subaru-leone

Talbot-Matra Rancho
talbot-rancho

Toyota 4Runner
1986 Toyota 4x4 Trucks

Toyota Corona
toyota-corona

Volkswagen Vanagon
volkswagen-vanagon

Volvo 264
volvo-264

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