I got really lucky. I thought I wanted a P3 in black with tan leather. At the time (2007) I was on a 3 month contract in Liverpool, and on the 1st day of looking saw an '04 plate P3 in Meteor Grey with red leather, 17" multispokes, de-badged, FSH, low/average miles, aero kit and dealer approved. It was a train ride away in North Wales, so having placed a deposit I collected it on the last day of my contract and drove back home.
It wasn't what I originally thought I wanted - it was better, and the best I have seen since (apart from the same car but with the 3.2 v6 that was sold on the 'Bay a couple of years ago).
I have to agree with you there, meteor grey with red leather...... Gorgeous combination, and yes, in my opinion (each to their own) definitely, as you say, better