You must admit there are things that frighten us, and to say that this car looks evil would be an understatement. It's almost tailored for darkness. If the late Boris Karloff were still alive today, he would probably own something like this—or at least be the voice to alert you to the door being ajar. This '64 Lincoln appears to be built from pure fear, and that was the point. Owner Jeff Faine wanted to build something that was purely sinister. It just took a chance encounter with the right builder to make it happen.
Final displacement is a monstrous 521 cubic inches, and each engine is dyno-proven to 575 hp before leaving the facility
Jeff, a Center in the NFL and entrepreneur, has always been a car guy. Thankfully, his career path led him to a monetary status that would allow him to explore his automotive interests and create a stable of rides that includes anything from Ferraris and a classic Chevy, to this one-of-a-kind Lincoln Continental.
"I bought the car off of eBay from a kid in California who won the car in a Red Hot Chili Peppers contest,” recalls Jeff. "The car was in pretty good shape, and was a perfect starting point for what I had dreamed up.”
While Jeff was having a home theater installed in his home in Orlando, he got to talking with the installer who was a good friend of P.J. Davis, owner of Chimera Customs in Palm Harbor, Florida. After the conversation, he was encouraged to have P.J. come out and take a look at the ride and see about having its restoration performed there.
"I went to look at the car and spoke with Jeff,” says P.J., "and I left with a good vibe and a new customer.” Shortly thereafter, the car was brought to the Chimera Customs facility to begin work on the ambitious project.
Chimera Customs is a shop that takes on approximately 12 cars builds a year. After spending time in its facility and dealing with its crew, it's become rather clear that the staff is a focused group of car nuts willing to take on any project no matter how large.
The gang got right to work on the Continental, and began to tear it down to the frame. Jeff gave them an idea of what direction he wanted the build to go, but it took P.J.'s creative mind to bring it to life. With the panels off the car, P.J. knew there was some extensive work that needed to be done.
"With it being a black car, it was going to show every mistake and flaw in the body. So we had to have a large amount of bodywork done to bring it to perfection.” The idea was to make it as straight as humanly possible, so the paint only reflected perfection. To allow this to happen, new sheetmetal had to be fabricated to ensure a flawless finish. The firewall was smoothed, the tunnel was stretched and raised, and the body was finally sprayed with several coats of PPG basecoat and clear.
Inside, the attention to detail continued as Jeff was looking to reuse the classic interior appointments, but allow the use of modern electronics and creature comforts. This required Chimera to replace all of the vacuum-operated controls with electronics. To achieve this, custom solenoids had to be put in place and everything inside had to be rewired to allow the use of accurate digital gauges and electric signals. However, one look inside and someone might think it was a factory dash. The most notable departures from '64 are the seats, which received high-quality leather, and the carpet fiber borrowed from a Mercedes-Benz. A quick look up and you'll see a suede headliner as well. Pop the trunk, and you're greeted with a work of art that houses the audio system's brain and air suspension reservoir. Combined, these parts and modifications work very well together and blend modern, custom, and classic effectively.