1991 Harley-Davidson Sportster Deco Scoot
Frame no. 1HD4CAM1XMY134456
1939 Lincoln Zephyr Sedan Delivery Deco Liner
Chassis no. H8357
A virtual Fabergé egg on wheels, the Deco Liner and its matching Deco Scoot comprise a one-of-a-kind combination. Completed in June 2008, the Deco Liner is a one-off custom 1939 Lincoln Zephyr created by artist Frank Nicholas and Terry Cook of Deco Rides of Long Valley, New Jersey. Influenced by Deco Rides' "Scrape" Lincoln-Zephyr coupe, the Deco Liner features a chopped top and elongated body to form a sedan delivery, a body style never built by Lincoln. The Deco Scoot custom Harley-Davidson Sportster is a work of sculpture designed by Terry Cook to match the sedan delivery, which is equipped to automatically load and transport it in style.
The Deco Scoot was created from scratch by Gary Brown at Brown's Metal Mods in Indianapolis, Indiana. Its front chassis is fashioned from a 1995 Chevolet Blazer with torsion bar front suspension. The rear half of the chassis and drive components were discarded, and a General Motors Goodwrench 350 cubic inch "crate" engine replaced the Blazer's original V6. The Hydramatic 700R4 transmission was totally rebuilt. A new rear frame was designed and built by Fat Man Fabrications of Charlotte, North Carolina, utilizing one of their independent front suspensions in place of a rear axle. The resulting front-wheel drive vehicle facilitates transportation of the motorcycle, since there is no drive train to interfere with the loading mechanism. The Deco Liner has power windows, power steering and power brakes, along with a number of other power accessories.
To aid in loading and unloading, an Air Ride Technologies air bag suspension was installed to raise and lower the back of the car at the touch of a switch. This provides the proper angle for the nine-foot ramp to which the motorcycle is secured. An electric-driven screw mechanism moves the polished aluminum ramp in and out, and linear actuators raise and lower the liftgate.
The interior is adorned in custom black and silver and fitted with Viper bucket seats. The dashboard uses a 1960-62 Chrysler "goldfish bowl" instrument cluster. The headliner and engine compartment are painted with R-M's suede matte Uno Fed-EX purple. The exterior paint is R-M Carizzma True Violet pearlescent purple.
The car's creator is infatuated with the ornate brightwork and sculptured styling of the 1930s French coachbuilders, particularly Jacques Saoutchik and Figoni et Falaschi. He designed and crafted the broad sweeping spears and scrolls with master metal craftsman Tommy Caruso of Contour Metalshaping in Plainfield, New Jersey. They are made of 19-gauge cold rolled steel, hand formed to the car before plating. Custom hand-shaped Lucite taillight lenses are smoothly ensconced in the rear fender trim. A matching taillight graces the motorcycle.
The Deco Scoot is fashioned from a 1991 Harley-Davidson Sportster, lowered and modified before metal shaper Dennis Jamison, of Automotive Hammer Art in Indianapolis, scratch-built its streamlined aluminum body. He also sculpted the matching steel exterior body trim. The body is painted to match the Deco Liner, and its trim plated to likewise mirror that of its mother ship.
The Deco Liner and Deco Scoot stopped traffic at the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota, and at Laconia Motorcycle Week in New Hampshire. They have also appeared at the Street Rod Nationals, the Detroit Autorama, the Grand National Roadster Show in California and the Pleasanton, California, and Columbus, Ohio, Goodguys Rod & Custom events.
The Deco Liner and Deco Scoot are a turnkey combo, ready to show and enjoy. The side panels of the side delivery have had their lettering removed, so a new owner can apply the appropriate treatment. The ensemble continues to evoke comment, one of the best coming from a lady at Laconia: "Gee, you sure were lucky to find a motorcycle that matches your car." Both are offered on a Certificate of Title.
- The chassis number for the Deco Liner is incomplete in the catalog, the complete chassis number is H8357 8. The engine number for the Deco Scoot is CAMM134456.