ON AUGUST 21, 2013, the newly purchased Enzo arrived at Algar. About two weeks later, after an initial plan of action had been decided and the first batch of new parts ordered, the car was trucked the six-or-so miles to Karosserie, where the restoration began.
The first step was to remove the carbon-fiber body panels from the carbon-fiber chassis. This delicate task was entrusted to Rimvydas “Rimus” Galkauskas, who slowly and methodically removed each panel. Next, the windshield, Lexan engine cover, door windows, exterior emblems, interior door panels and so on were detached, disengaged and dismantled. Every nut, washer and bolt was bagged and labeled, and each of these items was placed precisely, almost lovingly, on a shelf.
The dismantling processes took three days, after which the body-less Enzo was sent back to Algar for mechanical work. Now it was time for the crew at Karosserie to return the car’s exterior to as-new condition.
Painter Claudio Campo and body man Tony Romano, who each have more than 30 years of experience in their respective fields, were tasked with the exterior carbon fiber. Remember that mission of perfection? Campo certainly did; he spent 60 days painstakingly hand-sanding the original paint off the body panels.
Once he deemed everything properly prepared, it was time for paint. After four coats of Rosso Corsa and three coats of clear, the bodywork looked stunning. Then all of the car’s screens, lower panels and ducts had to be repainted in flat black. The devil was clearly in the details; during a visit to the shop, I watched as Campo deftly applied a coat of black along the outside edges of each panel—on top of the fresh red paint he’d so carefully sprayed. This is the way the factory painted these cars back in 2003.
On another visit, I met master detailer Tarnie “T” Hunt, who received the body panels after they left the paint booth. Hunt lined up one panel next to another, just as they would be installed on the chassis, then verified that the finish on each was identical. Next, he color-sanded the panels by hand, then washed and polished them until he had achieved a perfect, wet-gloss finish.
With the paint finished, it was time for 60 hours of detailing. Hunt hand-waxed and polished the entire car, and I mean entire: the naked carbon-fiber chassis and interior panels, the painted body panels, even the carbon-fiber belly pan and its bolts. As you can imagine, the result is simply spectacular.
The same level of care was lavished on the Enzo’s wheels. After two full weeks of prep (which of course included lots of hand-sanding) by Dan Strohmeier, Mike Bergin and Vincent Torres, Strohmeier took the wheels into the paint booth and expertly sprayed them with three coats of factory-spec silver paint and two coats of clear.
McElroy was left to puzzle over how to strip then re-create the iconic red crackle-finish on the engine’s valve covers. The finished covers look amazing, but McElroy isn’t revealing how he did it.