As the first custom show car to sit completely flat on the ground with its hydraulics dropped, the 1939 Lincoln-Zephyr 'Scrape' has become an icon of the custom car world. The product of a near five year collaboration between Hot Rod Magazine editor Terry Cook and custom coach builder Ramsey Mosher, Scrape is a masterful contemporary interpretation of Streamline Moderne and combines design elements of the archetypal Lincoln-Zephyr with modern aesthetics into one truly stunning ride.
Despite more than 4,500 hours of customising work that went into the barn-find Lincoln, the original design language of the Zephyr is still clearly legible and this is no mere coincidence. Terry Cook is a passionate disciple of the original designers of the Zephyr: John Tjaarda, E.T. Gregorie, and Edsel Ford. Further inspiration provided by Figoni et Falaschi, Jacques Saoutchik, and Gordon Buehrig is discernible in nearly every line of Scrape.
The dominant feature of the heavily customised body is a 1941 Zephyr nose which has been grafted onto the 1939 Zephyr rear. It also features frenched 1939 Ford headlights, widened arches, a custom rear window opening, and a heavily chopped roof. Under the groundbreaking body, Scrape features modern mechanicals including a 1978 Chevrolet frame and running gear and is powered by a small block Chevrolet 350 cubic-inch engine backed by a three-speed automatic transmission.
Auctions America along with RM Sotheby's will be offering this ground-breaking custom car at their upcoming Santa Monica auction on the 24th June, the estimated value is between $300,000 - $400,000. For more information on this and other vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos: Robin Adams ©2017 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's.