Friday the 13th: Is Green Really an Unlucky Car Color?
If you didn’t know, today is Friday the 13th- watch out for walking under ladders, breaking mirrors, etc. There are some superstitions that involve cars, and one that is a little perplexing is that of the green car. So are automobiles in a lush, green hue unlucky?
According to Snopes.com, green has been an unlucky color for a long time in the U.K., as a person of Irish descent, I cannot imagine why! In theater, actors are apparently weary of the color, and will not wear it on stage or to practice, and some claim that green is the unluckiest color that a bride can wear as a wedding dress.
There have been a number of racing crashes throughout history, but what does that mean for you, the average driver?
According to some, green cars are more likely to be involved with incidents. A woman in Salt Lake City reported a Honda Del Sol as stolen some years back. Before the car was stolen, it had experienced all manner of mechanical anomaly, including a flat tire every four months. When the car was recovered, she unloaded the car on her ex-husband, and she told this tale of his time with the car:
Funny thing, though? He was backing it out of his garage and he hit the side of the garage door. Doesn't sound like much, but my ex is a hobby rally racer. He *never* does stuff like that. Ever. His car is basically an extension of himself, so he hasn't had a dumb accident like that in years — at least since I've known him, which is about 7 years now. Now he's totally convinced the car is a bad-luck magnet.
Despite tales like this, it seems that green is an unlucky color among racers, but is perhaps less harrowing for the average driver. Besides, British Racing Green is one of the most iconic hues for a car like a Land Rover or Jaguar. A world in which a green Jaguar cannot be acquired is a world that I do not want to live in.