Studebaker Custom Boattail Speedster

During the mid-1990s, veteran automotive journalist and publisher Terry Cook turned his considerable energy to the creation of his famous 1939 Lincoln Zephyr radical custom known as “Scrape”, which was built by Ramsey Mosher. When completed in 1998, Scrape went on to wide acclaim, particularly for its bold reinterpretation of the already beautiful Zephyr design. Demand led to fiberglass molds being taken of the car, followed by production of a number of fiberglass bodies as well as a successful run of 50 turn-key replicas built by Speedster Motorcars, known as the Z-Series Zephyr.

Possessing an obviously fertile imagination, Cook grew increasingly dissatisfied with the rather homogeneous direction taken by street rodders, citing the tens of thousands of Deuce-based hot rods in existence. Instead, Cook found a new stylistic muse in the form of the flowing, elegant designs that emanated from France during the 1930s, particularly the work of celebrated designers Figoni & Falaschi. Cook also responded to his long-standing appreciation for the work of legendary American designers, particularly Al Leamy and Gordon Buehrig, whose classic Auburn Boattail Speedsters remain styling benchmarks today. To bring this vision to concrete expression, Cook founded Deco Rides, which continues to oversee the production of a number of fiberglass bodies and ready-to-drive dream cars.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.

345 bhp, 346 cu. in. C5 Corvette LS1 V8 engine with electronic sequential fuel injection, GM 4L60E four-speed automatic overdrive transmission in rear-mounted transaxle, independent front suspension with coil-over shock absorbers, C5 Corvette independent rear suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes.

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

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