The Dream

The Dream 1
The Dream 2
Doors and exterior body panels were removed for repainting; the painted roof panel is part of the central tub.
The Dream 3
Curved aluminum hinge allows “butterfly” doors to swing up and forward.
The Dream 4
Many Enzo-specific components feature a hand-etched serial number (in this case, 703208).
The Dream 5
Original paint was removed by hand so as not to damage delicate carbon-fiber bodywork.
The Dream 6
After 60 days of hand-sanding, exterior panels were prepped for four coats of paint and three coats of clear.
The Dream 7
Careful taping was needed to re-create factory’s black-over-red paint on bodywork’s edges.
The Dream 8
Original wheels were resprayed in factory silver. The hole in the center of the wheel cannot be painted; if it was, the wheel might come loose after being tightened onto the hub.
The Dream 9
Interior and exterior carbon fiber, including the undertray, was hand-polished until it gleamed.
The Dream 10
Special carbon-fiber tape is used for minor repairs.
The Dream 11
Finished panels ready to be refitted to chassis.
The Dream 12
Cardboard template keeps Enzo’s timing-cover bolts, which are different sizes and lengths, in their proper place.
The Dream 13
Removing the timing cover reveals the V12’s four chains. The cam-shafts are at the top, driven by an intermediate gear; the crankshaft’s main drive gear sits below that, with the water/oil-pump assembly gear off to the left.
The Dream 14
Original clutch was still in good shape, but in the quest for perfection it was replaced with a new one.
The Dream 15
Cams and valves were clean and showed no signs of wear, so were left untouched during engine’s major service.
The Dream 16
Enzo features push-rod suspension, in which wheel movement is sent via mechanical linkage to horizontally mounted shock absorbers.
The Dream 17
With hood and front fenders removed, front subframe becomes visible. Note nearly horizontal placement of radiator cooling fans.
The Dream 18
Enzo engine bay sans V12. Shocks and springs sit atop crossmember; rusty metal beam helps hold transaxle in place once engine is pulled.
The Dream 19

THERE WAS ONE MORE HURDLE LEFT: Grossman’s dream was to have a brand-new, award-winning Enzo. He had originally hoped to show the Ferrari at the Cavallino Classic in January 2014, but the restoration schedule didn’t allow for that.

The car’s first show was therefore the 30th annual Reading Ferrari Concours in May. It was an emotional meet, as event founder Pietro Castiglioni had died suddenly two weeks before the show and the Enzo was the featured model. Grossman’s car garnered a Platinum award in the Supercar class and was honored with the Tazio Nuvolari Award for Best Honored Model trophy.

In August, Grossman had the Enzo shipped west to Carmel, California, home of The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering. There, he and his car were presented on stage while our own Winston Goodfellow and former Pininfarina design director Lorenzo Ramaciotti discussed the Enzo’s design brief. “To have Ramaciotti say that my Enzo was spectacular in every way, and having my family and I there with the car, was the best award I could imagine,” Grossman says.

What’s next for the Enzo? By the time you’re reading this the car will have received its Ferrari Classiche certification, and there’s at least one more show in its future: the 2015 Cavallino Classic. As Grossman likes to say, if you work hard, persevere and keep your dream alive, it really can come true.

Also from Issue 138

  • Luca di Montezemolo resigns!
  • F12 Berlinetta
  • 335 Sport
  • Ferrari wins Pebble Beach
  • Pirelli World Challenge
  • FORZA Tifosi Challenge: F355
  • F1 trials and tribulations
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