Doors and exterior body panels were removed for repainting; the painted roof panel is part of the central tub.
Curved aluminum hinge allows “butterfly” doors to swing up and forward.
Many Enzo-specific components feature a hand-etched serial number (in this case, 703208).
Original paint was removed by hand so as not to damage delicate carbon-fiber bodywork.
After 60 days of hand-sanding, exterior panels were prepped for four coats of paint and three coats of clear.
Careful taping was needed to re-create factory’s black-over-red paint on bodywork’s edges.
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.
Interior and exterior carbon fiber, including the undertray, was hand-polished until it gleamed.
Special carbon-fiber tape is used for minor repairs.
Finished panels ready to be refitted to chassis.
Cardboard template keeps Enzo’s timing-cover bolts, which are different sizes and lengths, in their proper place.
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.
Original clutch was still in good shape, but in the quest for perfection it was replaced with a new one.
Cams and valves were clean and showed no signs of wear, so were left untouched during engine’s major service.
Enzo features push-rod suspension, in which wheel movement is sent via mechanical linkage to horizontally mounted shock absorbers.
With hood and front fenders removed, front subframe becomes visible. Note nearly horizontal placement of radiator cooling fans.
Enzo engine bay sans V12. Shocks and springs sit atop crossmember; rusty metal beam helps hold transaxle in place once engine is pulled.
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.