I’m starting to repaint bits and pieces from my MGB GT and now have to make a big decision. What colour do I paint the engine? This gets even more difficult as the engine that’s going in the car in the next few months is from 1972 and would have been painted black at the time of manufacture. Pretty boring really but at this point the British Leyland Motor Corporation which now owned MG was in a major cost cutting measure and likely black paint was cheaper. Hey, it gets worse than that when cost saving measures came in.

The original 1967 engine would have been painted maroon or whatever they called the colour at the time. Here’s my situation however. I really don’t care if everything is 100% original. If this were a Ferrari valued at $500,000 I might but this is an MGB GT valued at perhaps $5,000 at this time… if it were running! I can also paint the 1972 engine and if I don’t like it I could paint the 1967 MGB engine a different colour.

I’ve been playing around with the idea of a blue engine, perhaps silver which does look good. However, today I was at the local Home Depot and bought a spay can of Tremclad Wild Raspberry. How does that sound for an engine colour? Many folks are recommending Duplicolor Dark Canyon Red but that costs about 3 times as much in Canadian pesos as the Tremclad brand. Anyway, this is a really good match for the original MGB colour as can be seen in the photo below.

Tremclad wild raspberry paint is very close to the original MGB maroon
Tremclad wild raspberry paint is very close to the original MGB maroon

As a bit of a test I repainted the rusty oil pan from the 1972 18V engine. This is what it turned out like. The photo is a little to red but Tremclad Wild Raspberry is a really pretty colour so I might just go with the traditional. I do still like the idea of teal or something a little more exciting however.

1972 MGB oil pan in grey primer
1972 MGB oil pan in grey primer
MGB oil pan in wild raspberry
MGB oil pan in wild raspberry

What do you think? Would teal look good?

Engine painted teal
Engine painted teal
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