If those were real bolted on plates there would be waaaay more than
40lbs of gold. If it were gold leaf, the texture would be more
crinkled. Any body out there have a better guess?
yeah…paint. They have made some great strides in automotive
paints. As just one example go to duplicolor.com There is a variety
that closely mimics anodized aluminum, available in colors, plus gold
and chrome paints too. Haven’t tried them myself yet though.
If you look closely you’ll see all the screw heads are oriented
towards2 o’clock, roughly. That sure implies a paint template to me.
Plus alignment of ‘plates’ is just too good, a car body is very
complex, fitment wise. look at the reflected highlights over the
curves of the fenders and front cowl, the reflection is seamless,
indicating a coating such as paint. Could it be plated? Well, maybe
but I doubt it. They’d need an enormous tank to plate a unibody,
even broken down into components.
Where would you be without gearheads?