Outside is a lot clogged with cars belonging to clients who have asked Conway to hold off beautifying their babies until the economy improves. Alongside the Ferraris and a Rolls-Royce originally designed for the Queen of the Netherlands is a $7,000 Honda that Conway is storing for a friend. A "low scale" paint job for the Honda would cost at least $40,000, which Conway doesn't recommend. "There's no purpose to bringing your car here unless you want done what the shop represents," he says. "I'd be shocked if anybody came in to me with this sort of car."
The colossal fees Conway commands are accrued slowly. A pleasant man with large forearms and tufts of gray hair, he bills $50 an hour for every job and works at least 12 hours a day, six days a week; in a year he paints no more than five cars. Conway doesn't have any hobbies other than attending car shows. He drives to work in an old Mustang that has a battered right side and could use a paint job. "No time to do it," he says, adding that he struggles to break even. Conway himself has never owned a Ferrari, a Maserati or a Rolls. "I don't make enough money," he says.