I've since found out that this was true in 1950, but since a number of people got lead poisoning from sucking red cars they have now changed the formula.
Anyhoo, in order to get me past the local border controls my new car is silver. I've applied for loan on the internet to pay for the new motor (what do you mean "Don't you have savings?"). That was a very interesting, and scary, experience. Just fill in a few forms and press submit and thousands of pounds can be winging their way towards your account. Or not if you fail the credit checks. At the moment all is well, and if the nice people at Cahoot like the cut of my jib (or reason that they can always take my house off me if it all goes horribly wrong) then it should be all sytems go in a week or so.