December 2, 2022


Automotive and technology

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

Icon 4×4 broke out the very first in its Derelict collection 11 several years in the past, a 1952 Chevrolet Deluxe Organization Coupe. It pulled into SEMA that calendar year looking like it experienced been driven nonstop considering that 1952. But under that worn skin, Icon experienced tucked products like a brand new 6.2-liter LS3 V8, 6-piston antilock brakes, alligator and buffalo hides for the bench seats, Wilton wool carpets, and 1-piece CNC-machined wheels. It was a winning formulation then, it’s however a winner on the most recent Derelict, a 1971 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL. Jonathan Ward, founder and lead designer at Icon, said, “Our specialty is preserving every thing that we like about classic automobiles although building them more entertaining and pleasurable to generate.”

As with that Enterprise Coupe, it commences 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 very well back again in the bulkhead, putting an mysterious chunk of electric power via a rebuilt 4L85E four-pace transmission. New rack-and-pinion steering tends to make maneuvering straightforward, and Hydratech-assisted Brembos preserve a leash on the one-piece machined aluminum EVOD wheels. New wiring and plumbing all through guarantee the new bits communicate with 1 yet another clearly. The vintage interior searching contemporary from a showroom floor hides a fashionable HVAC system and heated front seats, and present day audio with four Focal two-way speakers, a sub and amp, and Bluetooth connectivity.   

In Derelict fashion, the sheetmetal wears its age, accented with touches of stainless steel and chrome. The latest member of the club will be on exhibit at SEMA in the Optima Batteries booth prior to remaining parked in its new owner’s garage. Icon is all set to choose much more commissions, Derelicts starting up at $450,000. 

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