7 November 2003
As long as it's gray
Toyota's youth-oriented Scion division is contemplating offering cars without factory paint jobs.
At the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association show in Las Vegas, Scion showed an unpainted xA hatchback; its sheetmetal was covered with standard gray primer only. Hardcore tuners right in the middle of Scion's target market apparently have been buying cars and sanding off the factory paint, then applying their own custom paint.
As yet, Scion is sold only on the West Coast; I have no idea how well this will go over when, a year or so for now, Toyota starts selling these vehicles here on the Lone Prairie.
Posted at 4:11 PM to Driver's Seat
Wonder how many cans of spray paint it takes to cover it?
You know us okies, whatever will do in a pinch.
The xA is pretty small, which is not surprising since it's built on the Toyota Yaris/Echo platform; it shouldn't take too much for full Krylonization.
Wouldn't bother me. Gray is just fine; besides, they never seem to have the colors I'd like.
Friend of mine in high school painted his 1970 Plymouth Satellite with housepaint. (side note, a coat of water-based paint lifted from the art room at school applied afterwards allows you to re-enter a town you've been chased out of by locals after a visit to a car wash, but that's another story)
In Alaska, they'll just apply generous amounts of duct tape.