I need some input on what color to paint my car. I've got a 1965 220 se coupe. The car originally was black leather and white paint.
I pulled the interior and changed it to blood red leather. I redid the wood and am finishing the chrome. I re-chromed the bumpers, taillight bezels, door handles, some interior parts, and some of the exterior window trim last year. I'm now sending the remaining window trim and headlight trim out for chroming. The has euro headlights and will have the euro license lights.
I'm replacing the headliner, and the main trunk floor and left wheel well, We are also doing a 6 inch square replacement at the left outer rear quarter panel. Also additional fabricating to the front quarter panel chassis due to battery acid corrosion to the metal.
Original quote was $9000+/- with me buying the sheet metal ($750) to paint it white (it's original color). For that amount of money, I want something I will keep forever. A midnight blue with blood red leather is my dream car. I used to own a 1969 280 se with red leather and was midnight blue. With the chrome work, the midnight blue was just total eye candy to me.`
To paint the car blue, I am thinking of pulling the radiator, intake manifold, master brake and brake booster, all electrical lines, brake lines, fuel lines, etc. within the engine compartment and the firewall pad. I have pulled the interior so the dash, inside wheel wells can be painted blue. The doors will be removed, completely striped of attachments and everything painted blue.
Tell me what you think; if someone put a 220se coupe up for sale with 90% of the chrome done, new leather interior, 10K in paint/body work. New headliner, working trany and engine (has about 60K on the rebuild), but also said it was originally a white with black interior, yet you could not see the original colors. Would that be a problem for you?
How critical are people on the original color specs? If you do respond please also state your level of involvement in these cars; owners of other 111, 108, 113's. I really want to get feedback from other owners, but general feedback is well appreciated