The VOODOO PRIEST – Custom Lincoln Zephyr owned by James Hetfield!


Introduced at the Goodguys 30th All American Get-Together, VOODOO PRIEST won the Goodguys 2012 Mother’s West Coast Custom of the Year award!  Earlier that year the car took home the 2012 H.A. Bagdasarian Award – World’s Most Beautiful Custom at the Sacramento Autorama. This is James Hetfield’s trophy winning 1937 Lincoln Zephyr!

As a collector who is passionate about his cars and knows what he wants, Hetfield confided to Dore his vision was a traditional custom that played on existing factory styling. So, they created a traditional yet elegant custom with the coolness of a 1937 Lincoln Zephyr.

The ‘Priest rides on a modified stock chassis with a Mustang II front end, Ridetech air bags and a 9-inch Ford rear end. The original Flathead V-12 remains intact rebuilt and revitalized by H&H Flatheads. It’s a polished and plated work of art with chromed Stromburg 97 carburetors. Behind the V-12 now lies a C4 automatic transmission. The car rolls on Wheel Vintiques  16-inch artillery style chrome wheels with hand lettered Zephyr caps wrapped in Firestone 600-16 bias wide whites from Coker Tire.

Craig Hopkins gets credit for the art deco interior of black mohair, vanilla white and candy red accents. The ’41 Lincoln steering wheel looks completely at home resting atop a ’40 Ford column. Tony Gomes at Tri Valley Auto Glass  handled all the flat glass installation!