The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

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.

Posted by: anstranger at 5:05 PM on 7 November 2003

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.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:59 PM on 7 November 2003

Wouldn't bother me. Gray is just fine; besides, they never seem to have the colors I'd like.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 7:21 AM on 8 November 2003

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)

Posted by: Terkish Payne at 9:24 AM on 8 November 2003

In Alaska, they'll just apply generous amounts of duct tape.

Posted by: McGehee at 1:46 PM on 8 November 2003