OPI shifts things up with a Ford Mustang ‘Race Red’ nail lacquer

As part of a 50th anniversary celebration of the Mustang automobile, the Ford Motor Co. and OPI have partnered on a line of limited-edition nail lacquers inspired by the popular pony car, OPI announced Tuesday.

The Mustang will see its digits roll over to the five decade mark in April, and the collaborative collection is scheduled to roll out -- make that screech out of the garage -- worldwide in July.

So far, the only color that’s been announced is “Race Red” (“a tribute to one of Mustang’s most iconic colors,” reads the announcement), which OPI has dubbed the “hero shade” of the collection.

That set us to wondering what the other Mustang-inspired OPI shades might be -- which in turn sent us down the rabbithole of researching all the different colored cars that have hit the street under the Mustang nameplate over the last 50 years.

First, it turns out there won’t be any shortage of color options -- there are hundreds of hues to choose. Second, it turns out the folks naming car paint (at least in the Mustang division) have almost as much fun as their nail-paint-naming counterparts. Can you quickly differentiate (without cheating via a Web search) which of the following are Mustang colors circa 1964 and which have been OPI shades over the years? (The answers are at the bottom of the post.)


“Raven Black”


“Mandarin Orange”

“Rangoon Red”

“Guardsman Blue”


“Wimbledon White”



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[Answers: “Raven Black,” “Rangoon Red,” “Guardsman Blue” and “Wimbledon White are Mustang colors. The rest are the OPI nail lacquer names.]