Nobody is quite sure why an automotive inventor called Willard L Morrison decided to modify a new Lincoln Zephyr Fordor in 1937. But modify it he did, in an eccentric piece of proto-custom-car building that left the V12 saloon with two noses. In the mid-fifties the car joined the collection of Lee Roy Hartung of Glenview, Illinois, who kept it stored until his death in 2011 after which his cars were sold off. When the twin-nose appeared on sale with Sotheby’s in Santa Monica earlier this summer it had gained a re-trimmed interior but the exterior remained untouched. Another original oddity was a safe in the boot constructed of half-inch-thick steel, which may have helped the car to find a new home for $57,750 (£44,950).
Interior has had a retrim but outside is unrestored since modification
No, you don’t have double vision – this twin-nose Zephyr is a one-off
Safe is built from half-inchthick steel