by Mike –
I took these photos at The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California a few years ago.
The museum said this about Scrape,
Scrape was designed by former Hot Rod Magazine editor Terry Cook and constructed by Ramsey Mosher over a four-year period during the mid-1990s. Unlike other customs built up to that time, the innovative car melds the passenger compartment and rear deck of a 1939 Lincoln Zephyr with the front clip from a 1941 model for a fresh appearance.
To achieve the desired low silhouette, the top was chopped eight inches and the hood and rear fenders were extended seven inches. Distinctive engineering features include a specially designed hydraulic system to raise and lower the car and a small dash-mounted TV screen, which replaces the rear view mirror.
From the collection of Margie and Robert E. Petersen.
If you go to the Petersen you will not see Scrape there because in August 2013 it was auctioned by Auctions America for $66,000 – much less than the cost of construction.
Why did the builders of Scrape spend so much money and time building this custom car? Because like other artists they wanted to see their vision become reality. It didn’t matter to them that this was not economical – they had to do it.
The name Scrape suggest it may not have been a practical driver either. But it sure is great to look at.