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For most of us, getting anywhere near one of the world's most legendary supercars with a power tool is a recipe for the kind of disaster that's funny later but expensive now. But Cooperider's extensive experience allowed him to tackle the big-bad Ferrari with all of the weapons in his arsenal without fret. Even with so few miles, the paint had suffered the effects of 20 years of occasional enjoyment, and as such, multiple scratches and blemishes were present all over the car. Cooperider worked out which polishing compound, pad and sealant to use with this particular car and set to work.

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With the multiple compound curves, inlets and ducts all over the arching bodywork of the F40, Cooperider had to spend plenty of time polishing by hand, and even went so far as to have the car's badges removed to access the harder to reach paint behind the chrome.




If you're thinking that prying the trim off an F40 takes the kind of bravery that can't be bought, Cooperider says it's all part of the job.

"I'd say probably one of the most exciting [cars] I've worked on was a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB 4 Cam, which is, you know, a seven-figure car. At first it's a little intimidating the more expensive the car is, but you have to back up a little bit. While you have to have the appreciation for the safety aspect of it, you have to realize it's just paint," he said. "You can't let the car get the better of you."

We'll just have to take his word on that one.

As part of the F40 project, renowned Ferrari mechanic Craig Reed stepped in to disassemble a few pieces and bring the car's visible mechanical bits back to their showroom shine. The guy even took the time to individually straighten the cooling fins on the car's massive intercoolers. The finished product is a sight to behold.



If you're thinking that your personal vehicle could use this kind of attention, be prepared to pay for it. An all-out restorative job like the one the F40 just enjoyed will set you back anywhere from $5,000 to $6,000 depending on the level of paint damage. Fortunately, less-extensive jobs that take anywhere from 25-30 hours are also available. Head over to Cooperider's web site for a closer look at the F40's pampering and also to learn how to detail your own car like the pros. Cooperider even has a blog to answer common cleaning questions. We have no idea how this guy finds time to sleep.



[Images: Todd Cooperider of Esoteric Auto Detail]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Hope it shows up at the F40 reunion at Laguna Seca on Monday. Will take pics!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wouldn't even know how to start detailing a car. Heck I've never even waxed a car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thats actually kind of sad... do you own a car? Are you a teenager? Or college student with a car that isnt even worth taking care of?
      • 4 Years Ago
      You had me at F40
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's CHEAP!
      Compared to some of the detail jobs that I've seen online. Wasn't one guy charging like 3 or 4X that amount for a similar level of detail work? (like basically the price of a very nice new car)



        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah there was an article or thread i read on a white gallardo that had a detail job done. i think it was 20k or so and the guy had a walkthrough step by step on how he did it. absolutely insane.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow what a great job on the F40, guys like this must have the steadiest hands in the world, like a surgeon! Beautiful job. http://youpaidwhat.ca
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good job.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here's a guy who was probably out of work (generally) due to the recession and who is busting his butt to make a buck. Could be a lesson for high school guidance counselors: Do what you want, and do it as good as you can. Maybe not...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Someone in OHIO owns this beauty? (Those who know our plates will recognize that.)
      • 4 Years Ago
      One of my favorite cars of all time... *drool*
      Robinsilva
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great Job!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Being a detailer myself I love to see high caliber work like this. I can't stand these so called "detailers" that don't even do a decent job.
      • 4 Years Ago
      $100 per hour to detail a car – impressive! Once I buy my first Ferrari, I guess I'll understand the sense of a $6K detailing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or you could just drive it....

        Honestly, I think demand for services like this is a bit sad. While I respect a beautiful car as much as the next guy, the amount of posing (rather than real enjoyment of the machine) involved in this level of detailing is a bummer.

        To me (surely not everyone will agree), a filthy, well-used Ferrari is far more beautiful and interesting than the garage queens he works with.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well said Steve. I enjoy the hard work that goes into keeping my car as pristine as I can. The day I could afford a Ferrari is the day I could take the time to keep it THAT pristine though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        exactly. I may not have Ferrari but I abuse my car but still make it look like it just rolled off the showroom floor everyday.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've had 100-point show cars and many fine cars... but... the pleasure of cleaning and detailing is mine, and mine alone! I'd never criticize any well-paid detailer, but I would hope that as long as I can still drive a sports car, I will certainly get the exclusive joy of cleaning it. Ummm, and I don't have a maid, either.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Paul, this F40 has indeed been used as you describe. Thus the detail.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bravo, Steve, you have it right. I have the pleasure of owning a '97 F355 Spider, and I gotta tell you, that while I enjoy washing the car (with standard off-the-shelf Meguiar's suds), I'd much rather be behind the wheel. My car has a cracked front bumper from Monterey's 17-Mile Drive, plenty of paint chips, and the traditional F355 shrinking leather on the dash and sticky interior buttons. But it also has quite a few more thousands of enjoyed miles than lots of other cars out there. Why anyone would buy a Ferrari and let it just sit there, is beyond me. And to pretend it's some kind of artwork, that it needs to look factory-new, is bogus. Whatever you drive, get out there and enjoy it. Have fun, and don't spare the mileage (or maintenance!). When you're on your death bed, I seriously doubt you're going to think, "I'm sure glad I didn't put a lot of miles on my car... it'll be worth so much more to someone else now."
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