Custom 1939 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe Called “Scrape” Is Up For Auction

The Santa Monica Auction to be held June 24-25 this year will see RM Sotheby’s offering a legendary 1939 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe to eager collectors.


Nicknamed “Scrape”, the 1939 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe has become an icon in the world of custom built cars. The story behind “Scrape” explains why the custom built 1939 Lincoln Zephyr has become a superstar in the custom built world. Former Hot Rod Magazine editor Terry Cook’s brainchild, Terry spent years refining the design of “Scrape”. Combining the best of the Zephyrs design with the cowl-back from the 1938-1939 models and the front of the 1940-1941 models giving “Scrape” the unit shape and design on display.

Thousands of hours were put into the construction of the body by a small contingent of dedicated custom builders. The focus was on the style and appearance, no outlandish engine swaps, just giving the build an elegance and style befitting a custom icon. Front and Rear fenders widened, roof cut down, pillars chopped to give “Scrape” its unique look. “Scrape” was also the first custom built car to sit flat on the ground when its hydraulics were dropped.


After the final build was completed in the 1990s, “Scrape” rose to the top of custom culture at the time, appearing on the cover of Street Rodder Magazine, used to promote various car care products, and Mattel immortalised “Scrape”, the custom 1939 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe with its own Hot Wheels collectible. In 1999 “Scrape”, after Terry Cooks ownership of the custom car, was sold at an auction in Pebble Beach for $250 000, remaining in the care of Los Angeles based Petersen Automotive Museum collection for many years.

2013 saw “Scrape” sold at auction by the Petersen Automotive Museum for the sum of only $55000 to “Storage Wars” Barry Weiss. After purchase Barry Weis changed the original colour from purple to black, replaced the hydraulics with airbags, and installed diamond step plates on the outside rocker panels along with a host of other modifications. At the RM Sotheby’s auction this coming June hopefully “Scrape” will fetch more than the $55000 it sold for in 2013.