ICON’s New Buick Project Proves Derelict Can Be Dapper

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When you first see it, you wouldn’t think that this car got a full restoration from the ground up. I mean, look at that worn out paint job and rusty grille. But that’s the beauty of it and that’s exactly what ICON’s Jonathan Ward set out to accomplish with his latest project.

Keeping the patina in place, this ‘48 Buick is ICON’s newest example of Derelict design. While it retains many of its charming exterior cues, the whole project was built from the ground up using laser scanning and features modern enhancements like power windows, navigation, a backup camera, and even a new stereo system.

The original car was a Pennsylvania barn find that hadn’t been on the road since 1973. It took the ICON team about a year and a half to get it to look like this.

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But it’s what’s under the hood that really gets us excited. A 638-horsepower LS9 V8 moves this massively beautiful machine from point A to point B.

It also gets a one-off Art Morrison chassis, coil over shocks, power steering, and an automatic transmission. Even the Goodrich G-Force tires make sure this thing performs like a modern muscle car, even though it might not look that way.

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The Buick made its world debut this past weekend at Pebble Beach’s Qual show. And while we can’t tell you how much it costs just yet, we can say that it’s likely going to be pricey for all this pretty.

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