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Icon Derelict 1971 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL balance between class and corruption



Icon 4×4 first erupted in its Derelict series 11 years ago, a 1952 Chevrolet Deluxe Business Coupe. It pulls in SEMA That year, it looked as if it had been driven non-stop since 1952. But under that worn skin, Icon outfitted the cargo like a brand new, six-piston anti-lock 6.2-liter LS3 V8- cardboard. brake, crocodile and buffalo leather for the bench, Wilton wool carpet and one-piece CNC machined wheels. It’s a winning formula then, it’s still a winner on the latest Derelict, 1971 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL. Jonathan Ward, founder and lead designer at Icon, said, “Our expertise is to preserve everything we love about vintage cars while making them more fun and exciting. when driving.”

Like that Business Coupe, it starts with a powder-coated Art Morrison chassis with coils at all four corners and independent rear suspension. A 6.2-liter LS9 has been well-hidden in the bulkhead, sending some of the unknown power through a rebuilt 4-speed 4L85E transmission. The new rack and pinion steering makes handling easy, and the Hydratech-powered Brembo holds the chain on the one-piece machined aluminum EVOD wheel. New wiring and see-through plumbing ensure the new bits communicate with each other unambiguously. The classic interior looks fresh from the showroom floor that hides a modern HVAC system and heated front seats, and a modern sound system with four Focal two-way speakers, a sub and amp, and Bluetooth connectivity.

In Derelict fashion, the metal plate bears its age, accented by touches of stainless steel and chrome. The newest member of the club will be at SEMA in Optima Battery chamber before being parked in its new owner’s garage. Icon is ready to get more commissions, Derelicts start at $450,000.

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