As long as I’m unproductively shopping for cheap old BMWs, let me pose the following hypothetical to the Oppo brain trust. Let’s say that you are in possession of a 25-year-old German car. It is not a classic per se, but it is a desirable model nonetheless. You love the thing and struggle with whether or not to sell it to make room for your newer, faster car. Around the time you start considering selling it, you also decide to invest in freshening up the paint. I have to think there are a few competing impulses and resulting options:

1. Keep it original: respray it in the original color.

2. Knowing that certain colors demand a premium on the used market, some are neutral, and some effectively require a discount, choose one of the popular colors.

3. Paint it your favorite color and damn the consequences.

If you choose Option 1, you can get away with not taking it all apart to repaint the engine bay, door jambs, etc. If you choose Option 2, for a late-80s/early-90s BMW, you should probably choose black or silver; white and the reds are likely neutral; but avoid beige and Oxford Green like the plague. If you choose Option 3, and your favorite color is one of the unpopular ones, you’re trading your own pleasure for perhaps a few hundred bucks when you eventually sell it, which might well be worth it. But if you choose either Option 2 or Option 3, you have to paint the whole thing, right?

Well, ladies and gentlemen, I present what happens when you pick Option 3, your favorite color is one of the unpopular ones, and you don’t bother to invest in fully painting the car: an enthusiast like me thinks “well, too bad it’s green, but it’s clean and cared-for and the price is right...” and keeps reading with increasing interest as your well-written ad goes on, then clicks through the pictures... And then I see that your engine bay is red, and I make fun of you on the internet and do not buy your car.


Moral of the story: there’s no accounting for taste. Which option would you choose?