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

Icon 4×4 broke out the 1st in its Derelict sequence 11 yrs back, a 1952 Chevrolet Deluxe Organization Coupe. It pulled into SEMA that calendar year on the lookout like it experienced been driven nonstop due to the fact 1952. But less than that worn skin, Icon had tucked items like a manufacturer new 6.2-liter LS3 V8, six-piston antilock brakes, alligator and buffalo hides for the bench seats, Wilton wool carpets, and 1-piece CNC-machined wheels. It was a profitable formula then, it’s nevertheless a winner on the most recent Derelict, a 1971 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL. Jonathan Ward, founder and guide designer at Icon, claimed, “Our specialty is preserving every thing that we adore about classic cars and trucks whilst making them extra entertaining and satisfying to travel.”

As with that Organization Coupe, it starts off with a powder-coated Artwork Morrison chassis sprung with coil-overs at all 4 corners and an impartial rear suspension. A 6.2-liter LS9 has been tucked well back again in the bulkhead, putting an mysterious chunk of electric power by a rebuilt 4L85E 4-speed transmission. New rack-and-pinion steering would make maneuvering uncomplicated, and Hydratech-assisted Brembos retain a leash on the one particular-piece machined aluminum EVOD wheels. New wiring and plumbing throughout make sure the new bits talk with a person yet another plainly. The basic inside searching new from a showroom ground hides a modern HVAC process and heated front seats, and modern audio with 4 Focal two-way speakers, a sub and amp, and Bluetooth connectivity.   

In Derelict manner, the sheetmetal wears its age, accented with touches of stainless steel and chrome. The newest member of the club will be on display at SEMA in the Optima Batteries booth right before being parked in its new owner’s garage. Icon is completely ready to acquire much more commissions, Derelicts starting off at $450,000. 

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