I was researching this, as well, for the Mk III. From early brochures (via
the various websites) I have seen a copper color on the valve cover. Mine
is a metallic copper, too, but flaking off, of course. I have every reason
to believe that is the original color. My engine was rebuilt during the
PO's reign and was repainted black (didn't do the valve cover?), so I'm not
sure about the engine block, but the frames were painted to match the body
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> Subject: Engine colors?
> Greetings! Does anyone have any info on what colors were used for valve
> covers, timing covers, etc., on early Spits? I want to do some powder
> and seal replacing while the motor is out, and the cars is in the body
> Mitch D. Johnson
> 1965 MK2 "Bobby"
> 1965 MK2 "Thomas T. Triumph"
> 1965 MK2 (my son's car, no name as of yet)
> 1964 MK1 (Parts R Us)