Best Shades Of Mustang Red

Best Shades Of Mustang Red

Last Updated August 12, 2020

Red is one of the most popular Mustang colors. Even the original Mustang's designer, Gale Halderman, agreed there was just something special about how the pony car looked when it was dressed out in red. There have been plenty of Mustang years without yellow, but at least one shade of red has always been offered. Here’s just a small list of our favorite red Mustangs from 1964-1/2 all the way to present.

Red Shade

Playmate Pink

Playmate Pink, often incorrectly called Playboy Pink, is one of the rarest Mustang colors of all time. Only two Playmate Pink Mustang were ever produced officially. Several customers were able to successfully custom order a pink Mustang though. These classic Mustangs are as unique as they are rare.

A bright pink classic Mustang

Torch Red

Offered on Mustangs from the factory throughout the 2002-2010 model years, Torch Red was the color to have. Offering the classic look, especially when tastefully paired with a set of white racing stripes, Torch Red is a well-known color among many New Edge and S197 owners thanks to the long span of time that Ford offered this color.

Torch Red Mustang

Race Red

After Ford discontinued Torch Red in 2010, the 2011 model year brought on a host of changes including Race Red. Almost brighter than Torch Red, you surely can’t miss a Race Red Mustang cruising by, especially in the sunlight. Still offered today on the Mustang, Race Red is bright and fun.

Race Red Mustang driving along road

Red Candy

Red Candy Metallic was only offered for four model years: 2010-2013. This color is special, due to the unique shades of red it portrays in the dark versus in direct sunlight. Red Candy isn't as bright as some of the other Mustang shades, but it definitely can shine. This color looks especially good when paired with black accessories.

Red Candy Metallic Mustang rear view

Lava Red

Lava Red looks completely different depending on whether you're seeing it during the day or at night. At night, Lava Red almost looks like a very dark brown, or almost black. In sunlight, the red flake glimmers. This color is certainly rare and unique, but it's also just stunning. We included it in our Top 10 Mustang Colors Of All Time!

Lava Red Mustang with silver rockers sideview

Rio Red

Rio Red often gets ignored. While the color is a lot flatter than some of our other favorites, that's part of Rio Red's charm. This classic shade of Mustang Red is loved by many with SN95 Mustangs due to its long-run from 1994 to 1999.

Rio Red SN95 Mustang

Poppy Red

You simply can’t talk about red Mustangs without bringing up Poppy Red. Offered in 1964-1/2 and 1965, Poppy Red is one of the most notable shades of red offered on the Mustang in its over a half-century of existence. Pictured here on a convertible, you really can’t go wrong with this classic combo. Not to mention, it’s also on our Top 10 list as well!

Poppy Red Mustang Convertible

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Best Shades Of Mustang Red

The most popular color of the Mustang since its inception in 1964 has by far been the shade of red. With over 20% of Mustangs leaving the factory bearing this eye-catching color, red screams look-at-me while surpassing the bar set so high by the throaty V8s under the hood. But which shades of Mustang red are the best?