Lincoln Zephyr Custom Coupe
This amazing, custom 1938 Zephyr Coupe took nine and a half years, and over 5,000 hours of preparation, to complete. With all-steel construction, it is based on a 1938 Lincoln Zephyr with extensive body and mechanical modifications. Body modifications include an eight-inch chopped roof, suicide doors, ’41 Lincoln chrome grilles, along with halogen ’39 Frenched headlights and taillights. All-new steel floors and a flat steel firewall were also fabricated. The exterior has been finished in a mirror-like BASF Glassurit urethane holographic paint called Sundown Cinnamon. Almost magically, it changes from purple, to magenta, to cinnamon, and then to gold and burgundy.
Beneath the hood, power is supplied by a 405 horsepower 5.7-liter LS6 V-8 engine from a 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. It has been upgraded with Street & Performance chrome pulleys, an alternator, accessories, and a wiring harness. The engine is also fitted with custom-made chrome-plated upper injector covers, giving it a clean and classic look. The 2½-inch custom tube exhaust is Jet Hot-coated and fitted with performance headers that cleverly exit through a custom chrome Dagmar rear bumper. An 18-gallon polished stainless steel fuel tank has also been fitted. The transmission is a 2002 Corvette 4L60 four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and an electronic pushbutton shifter.
While the chassis has its origins in the original 1938 Lincoln Zephyr, it has been modified with independent front suspension with stainless steel A-arms. The rear suspension is a four-bar link, all stainless-steel arrangement with an aluminum driveshaft and a nine-inch Ford 3.89 gear posi-tru-trac rear end. It rides on an Air-Ride Technologies computer-controlled suspension and Boyd Coddington 17-inch chrome wheels shod with Toyo Proxes 4 tires. Bringing the Zephyr to a stop are four-wheel, cross-drilled and slotted ventilated disc brakes with four-piston Wilwood calipers.
Designed and installed by Paul Atkins Custom Interiors, of Alabama, the interior boasts a custom steel dash with six Classic Chrome gauges, a custom bezel, and a matching steering wheel. The custom-fabricated console incorporates a removable iPad. The six-speaker Alpine stereo system features focal tweeters, a mid- and sub-woofer, along with two 12-inch JL Audio woofers powered by two MMatts 6000-watt amps for incredible sound. The seat frames and custom foam cushions are by Krist Kustom, lavishly upholstered in Euro-beige leather with custom aluminum accents. Though already cool enough, the passengers are kept comfortable by a Vintage Air system.
Part of the RM Auctions event in Arizona, January 2013.
405 hp, 5,665 cc LS6 eight-cylinder engine, 4L60 four-speed automatic transmission with electronic pushbutton shifter, computer-controlled Air-Ride Technologies suspension, including independent front suspension with stainless steel A-arms and stainless steel four-bar link rear suspension, and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with four-piston Wilwood calipers. Wheelbase: 125 in.
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Erik Fuller