What do you get for the actor who has everything? Well, in 1971, Bob Hope wanted to present something unique to his good friend John Wayne for his birthday. So he commissioned legendary customizer George Barris to modify a covered wagon. The result is the 1900 Texas Bull S#!t Scraper, a covered wagon with a not-so-covered engine. Cow pattern upholstery and a rack of longhorns up front help complete the look. And there is a load of fake manure in back for good measure.
Despite appearances, it is street legal, with disc brakes and seat belts. It’s powered by a 283 Chevy V-8 hooked up to a Powerglide transmission, so it has slightly more horsepower than the original 1900 configuration (that would be, 2-4 real horses.)
This car is one of hundreds of historic custom and classic vehicles on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The Petersen is dedicated to the exploration and presentation of the automobile and its impact on American life and culture using Los Angeles as the prime example.