After 17 years my OEM Blade Silver isn't quite as shiny as it used to be. To be honest it wasn't my first color choice but when I bought it 12 years ago. It was the only mint Si I could find. Sometime in the near future I'm thinking of having the whole car repainted to my first color choice - you guessed it - Y 49. So would an OEM Blade Silver be subject to the curse? Feel free to debate this possible color change.....
I believe only cars that came from the factory with Barbados Yellow are cursed...you should be in the clear. That being said, if you don't want to tempt fate, there are some other nice yellows out there, though -- keep an eye out on the road for ones you like. One year the Mustang had a TERRIBLE pastel sort of yellow, but the new one is nice. Dodge uses a nice yellow on the Viper and their Ram pickup. Corvette yellows are always a good choice...just look around and you'll find one that stands out to you.
In any case, I'd paint the roof black and throw a CF hood on...that's a mean look on a yellow rex.
I believe the curse is not rooted in the colour. I think it is rooted in the essence of those cars. The fact that they are Y-49 yellow makes them distinguishable from the other batches of CRX's. I'm pretty sure they are cursed from the factory. Who knows what was going on in the factory when those cars were made. Maybe the employee union was disgruntled? Maybe these cars weren't constructed correctly? I dunno, but I'm pretty certain that there wasn't some hocus pocus special additive put into the paint mixture.
What's wrong with silver?
Those cars can be made to look absolutely and utterly gorgeous!
The trick is, that silver reveals everything. It displays every line just a bit more obvious than most other colors. (wich is why so many concept cars are silver)
If you're set on a different color, keep in mind that this will be a huge undertaking. She will need to come apart just about everywhere, because silver remainings of paint will always show up. Black would have been much more forgiving.
i had a y-49 that had freaking TONS of problems...
here's a hint, the day I bought it, I was driving home and i had a wheel cylinder blow out. Well I called AAA, and they brought a flat-bed, and it's wheel cylinder blew out in the parking lot to pick up my car.