are pictures showing the unusual manor in which this 56 100M was painted
in the engine bay, boot, and under the dash.
All frame member and engine bay were primed with red lead primer.
This is an excellent rust preventative primer. The remainder of the
car was primed with a very dark brown (almost black) dull chromate
primer. This was done before the car was assembled. This primer is
behind areas otherwise covered. The backside and edges of the shroud
are also primed with this primer. This is a good aluminum primer.
The car was then assembled and painted white. The engine compartment,
boot, except rear bulkhead and underside of dash were not painted.
There is no white paint in these areas. These areas were then painted
gloss black. Note small amount of black paint overspray on the underside
of wheel arch, left of the shock tower in photo 581. You can also
see how the black stops abruptly on the frame inside the transmission
tunnel behind the front bulkhead in photo 589. The under dash kick
panels are black on the left side and white over spray with no black
on the right (photo 591 and 593). Also the top of foot boxes forward
of the front bulkhead are dark brown primer on the left side and no
paint or primer of any kind on the right box (photo 604) but gloss
black on the side visible from the engine compartment. It was obviously
painted with the front shroud and fenders installed and sprayed from
inside the compartment. This is obvious in all areas.
The trunk area was painted black after assembly with no white paint
being present with the exception of the rear bulkhead and shelf area
which did have a very light coat of white paint and no black on it
except for black overspray from spraying the floor and side panels.
Photos 595 and 588 show good overall views of the complete engine
compartment. This is all very obvious factory paint leaving no question
that this is original.
Photos 675 and 676 show underside of bonnet. It was originally white
paint over red factory primer.
Note: The read lead primer that I referred to is not the typical red
body shop primer associated to automotive painting. This would be
of the type used on steel bridges such as the Golden Gate. This product
is no longer available due to the extremely high lead content.