There are very few things that get the unanimous approval of everyone here at Autoblog. One of them is Icon 4x4, which makes impossibly expensive yet worth-every-penny reimaginings of history's best off-roaders. For this year's SEMA Show, Icon debuted something new that had nothing to do with off-roading, yet still had our whole team salivating.

Christened a "Derelict" by Icon founder and designer Jonathon Ward, this 1952 Chevy Coupe looks like an abused artifact from a time not worth remembering. Knowing Icon like we do, however, it's anything but. The Derelict is fitted with a 6.2-liter V8 from General Motors producing 430 horsepower and an interior upholstered in gorgeous vintage briefcase leather, but the exterior is as original and rusty as it was when Icon found it. What we didn't know at SEMA is that the '52 Chevy isn't the first Derelict that Icon produced.

Our friends at eGarage have produced an excellent video about how the two Derelicts came to be, including how Jonathon Ward and his company made them. Spoiler alert: It wasn't as easy as dropping a new engine into an old car and redoing the leather. The Derelicts were meant to be high-performance yet reliable daily drivers, which requires more thought and engineering than we ever imagined.

Follow the jump to be one of the first to watch this latest video from eGarage.

The Derelicts a short film by eGarage from eGarage on Vimeo.



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      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm definitely in the "I get it" category. I've loved ICON's work since day one and am glad they produce cars just as well as they do 4x4's.
      50merc
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who ******* cares as long as he keeps saving old iron. Thats THE most important aspect while you armchair quarter backs sit and do nothing but critique go out into your garage and build somethin.
      Xedicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I LOVE that Icon is willing to build these, even though they're likely "not good business". Jonathon Ward is a smart man indeed for letting himself and his crew build these cars. People who're in such creative jobs need this variety to stay fresh and full of ideas - he'll make it back in spades with happy employees who do killer work. The CJ they made - oh man what a totally hot ride!
      grandpa
      • 2 Years Ago
      I semi-learned to drive in a green Chevy something like that, but ours was in better condition exterior wise... till I got it stuck in a muddy spring corn field and had to walk home and explain to my dad where I left his car....he wasn't too happy. I wasn't sure if I was going to live through the day.
      summazooma
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love what these guys do. I first saw the ICON Land Cruiser in Monterey at the Monterey convention center (during the RM auctions),... I don't know how many years ago- Eight? That was stunning up close and, I think I spoke with Jonathon, himself (he had no way of knowing I am stunningly unable to afford anything but the one car, until I told him so, that I work for a car company). Even with that, he couldn't have been more graceful, showing me all that I wanted to see... it was clear that he loves what he does, that he has an incredible skill at interpreting classics with modern techniques & technologies, and is not affected in any way that might be possible when you're dealing with expensive products around stupendously wealthy potential customers. Watching this video, this impression of ICON gets nailed home even more positively... and I can only be envious, as I (and probably most of the people that I care to hang with in my industry) share Jonathon's love and wish we could be doing something so clearly out of love. I've had similar projects banging around in my head, with neither the skills or finances to bring them to life, so I totally appreciate what ICON does. With that, best wishes to these guys for bringing some really cool products to life. BTW: I kept thinking that the Chrysler/Desoto wagon had no glass... until I realized that the relatively flat & upright glazing (and perhaps the non-safety laminate construction) results in less visible reflections in it. Interesting...
      Tom
      • 2 Years Ago
      I actually stared a project like this last year with a friend of mine. We found a 57 chevy 210 in a barn it Dallas. Been in that sealed barn since 1980. Just gotta replace the floors the rest is rust free. Just worn paint and surface rust. I think we are gonna just clear over the body to give it some protection. Restored frame and mechanicals new interior. We even get compliment from women and non car people.I love the idea of the derilct. But what I almost like most is when people ask why. Its like it gets inside their head and they cant figure it out. I just laugh to myself at them.
      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great to know that the patina is authentic. That makes the difference between lame and cool.
      Dean
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd love to have one of these as my daily driver!
      hp
      • 2 Years Ago
      ugly, worst than the matte trend.
        R3TRO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hp
        NOT a trend, rat rods have been around for about 50 years! I like em. BTW the "matte trend" is also just as old since most rats are "painted" with primer.
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      gotta hand it to a guy who can use the word "bitchen" without blinking. I wish they would loos that stupid gecko / lizard thing they stick on stuff.
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        Telling them to lose the gecko logo, would be like telling BMW to lose its roundel. It's been on their cars for a very long time and it's easily recognizable.
      Zee Frunch Canadiun
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome video with even awesomer vehicles. Dude was using "bitchin'" alkittle too often for his age :)
        breakfastburrito
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zee Frunch Canadiun
        "bitchin" is a word from his time, not yours. little hipsters shouldn't be allowed to use older words, or drive older cars.
      Toneron
      • 2 Years Ago
      jealous
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