Icon was kind enough to roll out two vehicles at SEMA 2011 including the company's latest Derelict project. We found this 1952 Chevrolet Business Coupe is a welcome sight among the flashy, polished-to-death SEMA masses. With its Art Morrison chassis, completely reworked suspension, CNC-machined steelie reproduction wheels and a 430-horsepower aluminum General Motors 6.2-liter V8 engine, Icon's latest Derelict is nothing short of a SEMA masterpiece. The level of execution and attention to detail on the vehicle, from the glass bottle burp tank to its buffalo and alligator seat covers, is phenomenal.

Icon has already produced a handful of Derelict projects; vehicles with original patina and reworked engine and chassis components. The company says that it can perform the same service on any vehicle from the 1930s to the 1970s. Judging from strong reader response to our earlier post on this vehicle, you've already gone gaga right along with us based on the press shots alone. Here's your chance to get a little closer to the restomod action with our in-person gallery.


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      stever
      • 3 Years Ago
      "YOU CAN DERELICT .... MY BALLS!" -Derek Zoolander no but seriously, this is a very cool build.
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is the patina and what appears to be surfact rust, clearcoated over? Is it actually an artfully applied paint job? That's what I would want. I wouldn't want such a fascinatingly built car still rusting away around those new mechanicals.
        lorenzo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        yea, that is my question - does the matte clear coat stop the growth of the rust - I would think the rust would end up just bubbling through it
      AngeloD
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car had 8000 original miles and was in cherry shape when it was vandalized by this hack shop. As was mentioned, the patina is faked. Another American classic lost for good, all that was worthwhile about it gutted in an adolescent act of vandalism. Like a 56 Bel Aire body in white with faked patina wouldn't have worked? Maybe they'll use it for drifting and the abasement will be complete. Damn shame.
        lorenzo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AngeloD
        if it is a fake patina, why is it lost for good? at least it is in th eroad, and someone with taste down the line can spray it with a color.
        Drew510
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AngeloD
        I'm curious to know your source as well, but I also suspect this is fake patina, and not done very well IMHO. Look at the close up of the headlight. Why is it the "patina" comes short about 1/4 inch away from the headlight bucket. You would think real patina would not magically stop and form a perfect ring around the headlight. And inside on the dash - really? Looks like sandpaper scratches to me. The tops of the fenders were the biggest tip offs to me - they aren't even finished. You can still see bare metal. I'm a fan of real patina, but if you are going to fake it, you might as well take a sander to the hood of a Jetta and let it sit out in the rain. It's the same thing IMHO.
      Jon Acton
      • 3 Years Ago
      Patina can be faked very easily. This is cool but nothing new. There are plenty of rod shops that can do this same job to the same level or better. This thing will most likely cost a small fortune because its an 'Icon' car. Paying for the name is not cool IMO.
      Toneron
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is soooo coooool!!!!
      Pauli
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love the patina. But you have to earn it. It's not something that can be recreated.
      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love everything about this concept - except the fake patina everywhere
        lorenzo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        ok, let me get this straight - it is the original patina - not fake. they just replaced all the running gear. I suppose to keep it from being a rattletrap, they had to replace all the rubber and seals and everything, basically rebuild EVERYTHING - but just dont touch the coroded finish on the panels. So - how do they keep it from continuing to rust, or do they? it must have a matte clear coat. and what is up with that stupid lizzard?
          _I_I_II_I_I_
          • 3 Years Ago
          @lorenzo
          looks non-fake to me... and maybe it is still rusting.
      gtv4rudy
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you go to Cuba, you'll find dozens of these cool looking Chevys being driven everywhere, everyday.
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      plus it's still a De Luxe Club Coupe, not a business coupe, lol.
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      One problem, Icon charges $190-250k for a finished Derelict, as of last week. You can build a sick, sick car for $50g and this roof has never looked good without a chop.
      Gubbins
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would kill to have that car! Talk about a "sleeper"...
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would sell body parts for this.
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