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Date registered: Nov 2014
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Engine Bay Paint Color W111
I am almost ready to paint my '61 W111 coupe and I am wondering about engine-bay paint color. Mine is black and I don't think that it had been repainted. I have seen several restoration photos of cars that seem to have original, body-color bays.
My car is DB516, medium red but I can't see any evidence of that color in the engine bay.
I have read pretty strong proof that the W113s were body color, but not a lot about the W111s....just images of other cars that seem to be body-color.
Mine is pretty early 111-021-12-017097 and has number 000026 of the .984 engine that only the coupes and cabs used....but I would think the first coupes and the thousands of sedans from '59, '60, and '61 had the same engine-bay paint plan.
In doing our strip-down of the car, we have seen evidence of panel repair (right door, right fender, hood) and respray, but I can't believe the whole car was painted or that the engine was ever pulled to paint the bay. And if it was, it wasn't a respray as on the body panels, because careful sanding never showed a layer of red in the bay.
I'd love to see anyone comments about original paint spec for engine bays on W111s and how folks think I should paint mine.