My Car Quest

June 12, 2024

A California Custom – 1939 Lincoln Zephyr – Scrape

by Mike –

I took these photos at The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California a few years ago.

1939 Lincoln Zephyr - "Scrape"

1939 Lincoln Zephyr – Scrape

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.

1939 Lincoln Zephyr - "Scrape"

1939 Lincoln Zephyr – Scrape

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.


A California Custom - 1939 Lincoln Zephyr - Scrape
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A California Custom - 1939 Lincoln Zephyr - Scrape
The wild custom 1939 Lincoln Zephyr, Scrape, is no longer at the Petersen Automotive Museum.


  1. No comments that is a statement!

  2. Yea, two spam comments ๐Ÿ™‚ It says there is little interest by your readers in these types of fantasy machines. Now my comment will spur a reader to defend the fantasy machine.

  3. ~ I don’t believe the car needs to be validated by anyone’s comments. It defends itself quite well, I say.

  4. Keith Burgan says

    I know that this is an old topic but it came up in a Google search and I felt that I needed to correct some statements
    you obviously missed the fact that when Cook himself first sold the car the hammer price was in the quarter million dollar range so no, he did not loose his arse on the deal. You also missed that the car has air ride suspension and is perfectly streetable when raised to driving height.

    • Keith,

      I certainly miss a lot of things. Everything I know about this car was copied above from the sign at the Petersen Museum. Maybe Terry Cook did OK on his sale but someone lost money when it was sold for only $66,000 at the auction I mentioned.

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