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Need advice on what color to paint w111

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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
thanks Leonard 
 

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Since the car had a color

Since the car had a color change already it won't really make a difference to someone if it is done completely and still looks correct.  Only concours judging would take away points for the paint code.  If you like the color and are keeping it for a long time make it the way you want it.

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..just waiting on the rocker

..just waiting on the rocker chrome. Car is a joy.

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Well, I guess midnight blue

Well, I guess midnight blue it is. It looks nice.

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great color selection

that is a great color you picked!
it highlights the car´s lines and gives it a very elegant look.
Cheers!

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Sweet!

You're well on the way.  Think about adding the fender trim.  With that color, the chrome at the fenders adds just the right amount of glitz!   I also like your front running lights, they make the car "rich" looking from the front..  I also have a 111, a 66 250SE/C that has both those items.   Who's doing your chrome?  And are you happy with price and quality?  I have a few things for your car, mostly used, let me know if you need something.  From this end, I need the original hose clamps for the engine compartment.  Can you help?  Cheers, Larry

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Very nice! +1 on the wheel

Very nice! +1 on the wheel well chrome, something I normally despise on cars but would look great on this one.
I have a W111 coupe from 1962, mine is Papyrus over oxblood leather. If I were buying your car I would not be concerned over the color whatsoever since it has been done to a degree where you cannot see any of the old color. I buy my cars to be drivers tho, not show winners, so that's my personal perspective. If I was buying a car for concours, I would likely have it stripped down totally anyway, or buy a survivor with original paint to restore, and yours isn;t either of those so again, no harm done in my book.

Enjoy her and drive the wheels off, she's a beauty!

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