Mimosa yellow must be one of the most distinctive paint names after whatever the heck it is Ferrari calls its red.
Over the last few weeks I went in search of yellow cars and, for the sake of completeness I’ve thrown the Tesla into the pile. None of these manage to be Mimosa yellow. That would have been very pleasing. From a safety point of view, a bright yellow car must be among the most visible against the widest range of backgrounds. Apart from that rather dull reason to prefer it, I find yellow a cheerful colour which to my eye, seems quite gender neutral whereasred can be insecurely macho and any of the pastel shades the opposite. Only orange and bright green have the same sense of upbeat warmth, perhaps.
Yet the colour is not all that common. People shy away from it and those who choose it are using it on smaller, cheaper cars. I would contend that a big, bright yellow car would be a statement of confidence while also disarming to some extent the aura of arrogance that a black Mercedes or Jaguar might posses. Now, imagine that: a bright yellow Jaguar XJ but only so long as the C-pillar was also painted the correct colour.
Yellow’s ambivalence comes from the fact it’s not only the hue of spring, egg yolks and joy but that the pigments needed to make it are poisonous: chrome, cadmium and lead. Yellow and black tend to be associated with danger (that contrast is what you notice on a car).
I’d have added a lovely yellow Smart to the selection only the chap inside the car resented the attention his paint job garnered from me. Which is it, sir? To be seen or to blend in?