One of the more interesting creations on display at this week’s SEMA show in Las Vegas comes from tuning company Icon and is called the Derelict.
This old-but-new monster is a 1952 Chevrolet Deluxe Business Coupe hiding a full arsenal of modern engineering beneath an almost 60-year old shell.
The vehicle rides on a complete powder-coated Art Morrison chassis with a front independent suspension set up and a multi-link rear. An all-aluminum, fuel-injected 6.2-litre General Motors LS3 V8 provides motivation with 430 horsepower (320kW) on tap. The big motor is matched up with a 4L65E automatic transmission and putting on the anchors are six-piston brakes with ABS. The wheels have a junkyard charm but are actually custom CNC-machined rims cloaked in BF Goodrich rubber.
In the cabin the seats have been trimmed in wild alligator and buffalo hides that have been dyed brown for an authentic look. There’s carpets borrowed from a Rolls-Royce and an Aston Martin vintage mohair headliner. Equipment like a stereo and Bluetooth hands free phone kit are tastefully hidden away.
The Derelict is a unique machine and Icon claims it can execute the same treatment to nearly any vehicle from the ’30s right through to the ’70s.