Red......White......or Black

 

 

Tickford offered the cars in a choice of three basic colours - red, white or black.

 

 

For an extra 3262, owners could choose the option of pearlescent white paint.
 
Apart from the 1984 Motorshow car, that had a very dramatic appearance with red and white
leather interior, I do not know of any cars that had this pearlescent paint job.

 

   
The 1984 pearlescent white Motorshow With the interior in a very loud
car on its stand red and white leather

 

However, for the bargain price of 2658, you could specify a coach-finish in any plain
or metallic colour you liked!
 
I am reliably informed that Tickford always kept a white 2.8i in reserve to use as a
base for any customers who wanted a custom colour.
 
A number of owners took this route, so you will find Tickfords in other
finishes such as blue, green and silver.

      

 
The beautiful Glacier Blue car (Build 031) of Brian Hollins
photographed during a track day at Brands Hatch in 2003
 
 
 
The engine bay in Glacier Blue looks pretty good too !
 
 
 
Unique photograph of Warwick Blue Build 073 watching the London Eye
being erected at the end of the last millennium
 
The original owner tells me that he chose this specific colour because he
used to see it on an Aston Martin in his work's car park that he loved!
 
Photo courtesy of John Atkinson (Build 073)
 
 
 
Build 099 in an Aston Martin green
 
Photo courtesy of Mark Richardson (Build 099)

 

And as if that wasn't choice enough, you could also pay a further 181 to have
your wheels painted the same colour as the body.

 

   
 
This is Build 027, an early car, with the pepperpot alloy wheels matching the one-off Heritage Green paint
 
Heritage Green is a particular version of British Racing Green
 
 
 
The original supplying Ford dealer of Build 027 played a bit of a joke and on
the key fob, the colour is referred to as "Horrible Green"!
 
Photo courtesy of Paul Windram (Build 027)
 
 
   
Build 100 is a nice example of a later, one-off silver car, with the later 7-spoke alloys originally colour-coded to match
 
 
 
Tickford really would do any colour to order
 
The silver paint on Build 100 is actually a Porsche colour
called Mattgrav Metallic which has a subtle
hint of gold in it
 
Many thanks to the present owner of Build 100, Russell Arundell
for clarifying this and providing the documentation

 

Two variants of red paint were used - early cars were finished in Ford Cardinal Red
and later cars had Ford Rosso Red.

 

   
Early Tickford in Cardinal Red Later Tickford in Rosso Red
   
Cardinal Red has a slightly "duller" appearance, but both look amazing

 

Tickford also used two different shades of red for the in-fill panel located
between the rear lights where the number plate used to live.
 
Some owners chose to have this panel matched to their body colour
instead and some have re-sprayed it themselves since.

 

   
This car's in-fill panel is the slightly brighter This car has the slightly darker and
and less common Candy Apple Red more common Rover Nightfire Red

 

Towards the end of production, Tickford offered Flaxen Mist pearlescent paint, which although not
 to everyone's taste, was certainly stunning!
 
Only two Flaxen Mist cars were ever built - one of those was the ex-1987 demonstrator
 that is still around today and the other had to be re-sprayed black
before Tickford could sell it!

 

 
The 1987 demonstrator car (Build 089) with Flaxen Mist pearlescent paintwork

 

It is a proven fact that the black cars are fastest and detailed polishing

can knock a further 0.2s off the 0-60mph time!

 

 

 

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