February 6, 2012

Street Legal Objets d'Art: The Derelicts by ICON

"The Derelicts by ICON are known for being vintage classics refashioned into stylish modern vehicles. The hand made classics are one offs that boast a fully patina'd exterior. Jonathan Ward's upgrades and attention combined with a modern Art Morrison powder-coated chassis, unique interiors, and all new electrical components are what make the Derelicts so desirable. The 1952 Chevy Deluxe Business Man's coupe has a 430hp Camaro 6.2 LS3 engine while the 1952 Chrysler Town and Country custom wagon has a DeSoto front end with the power from a late model Hemi engine." -- Via eGarage - VIDEO

Here's more detail on one of the derelicts, a 52 Chevy coupe that is nearly identical to one that I owned in 1970. Could be the same one. I think I sold it for $250.

"1952 Chevrolet Deluxe Business Coupe hiding a full arsenal of modern engineering beneath over half a century of patina."

"The vehicle uses a complete powder-coated Art Morrison chassis with a front independent suspension and a four-link rear. An all-aluminum, fuel-injected 6.2-liter General Motors LS3 V8 sits between the frame rails and cranks out 430 horsepower. The engine is mated to a 4L65E automatic transmission and a full set of six-piston brakes with anti-lock control ensures that the whole party can come to a stop in a timely fashion. Despite looking like junkyard relics, the wheels are actually custom CNC-machined pieces shod in ZR-rated BF Goodrich rubber."


"If the Coupe's mechanicals and exterior aren't enough to flip your switches, take a peek indoors. Both seats have been recovered in a combination of wild-caught alligator and buffalo hides(!) that have been dyed to the same Hermes hue as John F. Kennedy's briefcase. The carpet is Rolls-Royce Wilton wool bound in buffalo as well, and an Aston Martin vintage mohair headliner finishes out the indoors. An array of tech is also tastefully hidden away as well, including Focal and Parrot audio components with Bluetooth capability." --Icon Derelict '52 Chevy Business Coupe is unassuming masterpiece

What can one say except... "Want."

Posted by gerardvanderleun at February 6, 2012 9:20 PM
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Over here on the island I've been car shopping. Citroen is a brand that is available here. Inspired by your post a while back on the Instamatic, I was wondering why doesn't Citroen make a modern version of the DS? And then I see this post. People would go as crazy for an old/new DS as I would go for one of these beauties.

One thing that makes me very optimistic about the future is that the tools to create machines of this nature keep getting cheaper. More and more firms will be able to create better and more beautiful stuff in smaller batches that will be affordable by mere mortals.

Posted by: Mike at February 6, 2012 10:25 PM

I love that idea.

If I had the dough, I'd get this...a replica of the 1948 Tucker with all modern mechanics.


Posted by: Mumblix Grumph at February 7, 2012 1:55 AM

This is the vehicle I have always wanted. Alas, it probably costs as much as a Bentley.

Posted by: T.Wood at February 7, 2012 3:47 AM

You had someone paint my "rusty" car?!?!?

Are you CRAZY?!?!?

Do you have any idea how much I paid to get it to look that way?


Posted by: DavidD at February 7, 2012 9:51 AM

Uh, how about "don't want"? I had the real thing back in the day (the fifties) - no choice to go with more modern technology at the time because there wasn't any - and somehow in spite of driving every minute that I could for so many years, I survived. Not tempted to try it again with the externalities at hand, even if they include some nifty, modern stuff. Thanks anyway.

Posted by: Ed McCabe at February 7, 2012 9:58 AM

It's not the driving Ed. It's the parking. Check out that back seat!

Posted by: Casca at February 7, 2012 10:09 AM

Or you could import "originals" from Castro's Cuba. I've heard that Cuban car mechanics are the finest in the world.

Posted by: Deborah at February 8, 2012 3:16 AM

Ah yes, I do appreciate the parking niceties. I confess that I forgot about them from my 70+ vantage point, and that, indeed, is unforgivable, particularly after all the time I spent as a lad perfecting my techniques for same.

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