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I've visited my local smart center and I'm considering ordering a 2015 smart convertible. I'm not a fan of the new design, so I'd like to get the newest of the old design possible.

One bump in the road is I can't order my initial color preference Light Metallic Blue (with the blue top) as that color is no longer available. I think smart is down to only 4 colors now according to the dealer computer.

I'd like to get the Crystal Grey Interior upgrade, I think it's awesome.

I ran the car I wnated through Photoshop and came up with some options, but I am so confused at this point I can't make a decision.

Of the colors available I like silver the best. But which Tridion Color with the
Silver and silver grey interior? White, Black, Anthracite or Silver.

I also considered keeping the blue top and possibly putting on the blue panels later.

My first choice car is on the lower right of the montage.

What are the opinions of the smart fans here? Please help.

 

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This is just an opinion. If you like silver the best. I would go with the silver tridion and black top. I am more a fan of single color paint schemes than have the trid in black, white, or anthracite. I also like the light grey interior and think it would look great with the all silver car. Like you, the light blue is a great color on smart, but you say it is no longer available.
 

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This is just an opinion. If you like silver the best. I would go with the silver tridion and black top. I am more a fan of single color paint schemes than have the trid in black, white, or anthracite. I also like the light grey interior and think it would look great with the all silver car. Like you, the light blue is a great color on smart, but you say it is no longer available.
Thank you ZO6, I've spent so much tome looking at this car, through pictures on the web and in Photoshop I think I am fried. So this site was the only source of educated enthusiast opinions I could come up with to put my head back on straight.

Plus, as with most forums, everyone here has an opinion. :laugh:

I agree, I do like the silver body and silver Tridion, but it just seems so PLAIN for a CUSTOM order car. I'm probably over-thinking it.

The silver on silver looks Brabus-like. I'd consider a Brabus, but apparently you can't get them in a convertible anymore, I asked.
 

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Or wait for the 2016 C453 fortwo - some great new colors available then. :)
I've tried to like the new 453, I just don't care for it, in photos anyway, especially the funky design of the interior.

Whereas, I love the design of the 451. I figured I'd upgrade my 2008 to a 2015 and get the best of the best. If I like the 453 I'll wait a few years and get one, let them work the bugs out first.
 

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I like the silver/anthracite or silver/silver.
My best friend likes the silver-anthracite too. I do like the contrasting Tridion, it's part of the style of the smart. The different shades of silver would look nice with the interior.

One color makes it look more like a conventional car.

Silver with anthracite Tridion must be rare, I could only find one real photo of it on line.

 

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You might photoshop it with a darker blue tridion that would be similar to the blue top and would look good with the blue panels if you are able to get them. Some matching accents could be done in that darker blue that could be attractive.
I too am a big fan of the Crystal Grey interior and it would go with any color.
 

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I may have to change my opinion. The anthracite tridion with the silver panels and dark grey wheels does look really hot. Almost a competition look with the dark Brabus style wheels.
 

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You might photoshop it with a darker blue tridion that would be similar to the blue top and would look good with the blue panels if you are able to get them. Some matching accents could be done in that darker blue that could be attractive.
I too am a big fan of the Crystal Grey interior and it would go with any color.
DKB, we're thinking alike, when I couldn't get Light Blue Metallic I started experimenting with different color combinations and designed a Blue-Top-Colored-Tridion. It's extra awesome with the Light Blue Metallic, too.

Smart will paint the Tridion any color through their Tailor Made program, I'm waiting for the dealer to get back to me with a price. I love the blue top with matching blue Tridion.



For anyone not familiar with the Crystal Grey Interior Package ($1400.00). My dealer said there were none (in his computer) in the country but two on the way:

 

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I may have to change my opinion. The anthracite tridion with the silver panels and dark grey wheels does look really hot. Almost a competition look with the dark Brabus style wheels.
The anthracite and Matte Brabus are a match, but I just don't like those wheels. I agree there is a real Mad Max look to it. I have them in my photoshop design studio :laugh: but they just don't work for me.

The matte Brabus are part of an appearance package, it would save a bit of money over ordering all the parts in the package a-la-carte.

I'm like a crow, I like the shiny.

 

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I ordered my 2008 silver/silver. It was so lifeless that I quickly swapped the panels. Not a fan of silver, but if I were it would be with an anthracite Tridion. The blue combo looks fantastic.
 

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I ordered my 2008 silver/silver. It was so lifeless that I quickly swapped the panels. Not a fan of silver, but if I were it would be with an anthracite Tridion. The blue combo looks fantastic.
Thanks Steven. To me, part of the smart design is the contrasting Tridion. The car just loses something without it, but I do like the monochrome too.

The blue and red tops are available at no extra cost. I almost feel like I should order it cause it's fee and different. I had a silver BMW with a blue top back in the day (bought it used and fixed it up), even the Crystal Grey interior reminds me of the BMW.

My wife likes the silver with a black Tridion, that's what we have now.
 

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^ I agree – love the Crystal Gray. Maybe a combo of Silver/Black/Crystal Gray with a Red top? Even Silver/Silver with a Red top to break the monotony would be sharp.
 

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I agree with not liking the matte wheels...to me they just look like dirty silver wheels. If you like them that is great...I grew up when a new car was always touted as being a "shiny new car."

You might try the red top mentioned above with a matching red tridion...that will spice up the silver. I've always liked red with silver. I think the red tridion is offered at no extra charge. It brings out the red in the tail lights and you could even do the red bolt covers and a thin red line on the crease of the door. With the brighter Brabus wheels you will have a spiced up a silver car. But then I have a hard time putting away crayons according to some.
 

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Oh, with a Red Tridion, the Red top would look fantastic. It would show off the Crystal Gray interior perfectly. Very elegant and sporty, too.

Personally, I like the gray wheels, however. Go with whatever you like!
 

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I agree with not liking the matte wheels...to me they just look like dirty silver wheels.
Agreed about the matte wheels. You'll see them more now because they are part of the Style Package. But, they are the same price as the polished Brabus wheels a-la-carte. I just like a shiny wheel.

I did experiment with the red top, but I just don't care for it. I think my color might be off a tick, but it's close enough.



This is my favorite, Light Blue Metallic, Blue top, Blue Tridion (custom):

 

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I appreciate everyone's opinions, thank you.

So far we have 166 views but only half a dozen opinions? C'mon guys, chime in!

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Well, just to update the thread, we ordered the 2015 smart 451 convertible in Silver with the Anthracite Tridion and a black top. Silver Brabus wheels, Crystal Grey Leather interior and every available option round out the car. It's the fist time we've ever ordered a vehicle and the process went pretty smooth, so far.

The dealer called this morning and said Mercedes has accepted the order and it's in progress. ETA 2 to 3 months. The dealer gave us a nice discount on the new car and a good price on our 2008 smart convertible trade.

My crude Photoshop representation:



We love our 451, but the new 453, not so much. We figured this may be our last chance to order a new 451 before they are gone and we might as well get the best of the best.

Both the Silver with Anthracite color combination and the Crystal Grey Leather package are pretty scarce. The dealer located 5 cars in the country with Crystal Grey Leather and only a few cars in Silver/Anthracite. So far there aren't any cars in the system like ours.

I can keep this thread updated as we progress if there is any interest.
 
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