December 4, 2022

Mechanic Escape

Built for the human race

Icon Derelict 1971 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL balances class and corruption

Icon 4×4 broke out the to start with in its Derelict collection 11 years ago, a 1952 Chevrolet Deluxe Company Coupe. It pulled into SEMA that 12 months hunting like it experienced been driven nonstop due to the fact 1952. But under that worn skin, Icon experienced tucked goods like a brand name new 6.2-liter LS3 V8, 6-piston antilock brakes, alligator and buffalo hides for the bench seats, Wilton wool carpets, and a person-piece CNC-machined wheels. It was a successful method then, it is nevertheless a winner on the most recent Derelict, a 1971 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL. Jonathan Ward, founder and lead designer at Icon, stated, “Our specialty is preserving everything that we adore about classic cars even though making them a lot more enjoyable and pleasant to push.”

As with that Enterprise Coupe, it starts off with a powder-coated Artwork Morrison chassis sprung with coil-overs at all 4 corners and an independent rear suspension. A 6.2-liter LS9 has been tucked perfectly back again in the bulkhead, placing an unidentified chunk of ability via a rebuilt 4L85E four-velocity transmission. New rack-and-pinion steering will make maneuvering simple, and Hydratech-assisted Brembos maintain a leash on the 1-piece machined aluminum EVOD wheels. New wiring and plumbing in the course of make certain the new bits talk with one particular a further obviously. The vintage interior hunting clean from a showroom floor hides a modern day HVAC method and heated entrance seats, and contemporary audio with 4 Focal two-way speakers, a sub and amp, and Bluetooth connectivity.   

In Derelict vogue, the sheetmetal wears its age, accented with touches of stainless steel and chrome. The latest member of the club will be on display at SEMA in the Optima Batteries booth in advance of getting parked in its new owner’s garage. Icon is prepared to get a lot more commissions, Derelicts starting at $450,000. 

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