Of all the shops turning out cool hardware these days, few get us as excited as Icon. And while their off-road beasts are heart-stopping in their execution and attention to detail, it's the company's Derelict line that really gets us grinning. Icon founder Jonathon Ward swung by Jay Leno's Garage to show off his latest creation: a 1952 Chrysler/DeSoto wagon with modern bones underneath. Ward started with a Chrysler Town and Country wagon before swapping over a DeSoto front clip for a little more style. The old Hemi V8 was then ditched for a 2010 6.1-liter fuel-injected lump, though Icon kept the original valve covers in order to keep the engine bay looking as period as possible.

As with all Derelicts, there's little on the underside of the '52 that hasn't been re-engineered by the Icon team. The car uses a complete modern running gear and a set of six-piston Wilwood brakes bring the family hauler down from speed. Check it out on the latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage below.



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      Debangshu Mukherjee
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't why, but Jonathan Ward always strikes me as the Steve Jobs of cars
      dci gene shunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like this concept. Classic on the outside, but modern on the inside, without going nuts with LEDs, etc. The original spirit of the vehicle is still there. The crank rear window is neat.
      Worx2749
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it's great...modern running gear with prehistoric body. As for Jay, he's OK...like his reviews. Used to make his living as a mechanic, so he knows what he's talking about.
        The Angry Intern
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Worx2749
        That is one thing I've always respected about Jay: He's not your typical rich guy who just collects cars and doesn't do anything with them. He drives his cars and does a lot of the work on them as well.
      rü$╫
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love this car! Awesome in everyway!
      kuntknife
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a corny douche.
        ammca66564
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kuntknife
        Corny douche. That states it well. But the car is still stellar.
      Michael
      • 2 Years Ago
      More Leno? He's an unfunny hump. Auto Blog thinks thinks Leno's dumps smell like perfume.
        scriber72
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Michael
        You posted pretty much the exact same comment before. Wait, is this Conan?
        The Angry Intern
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Michael
        he may be an unfunny hump, but the man knows his cars and isn't afraid to get dirty working on them.
      Ben Jones
      • 2 Years Ago
      now i would still say it should be moved to crusher
      Jim R
      • 2 Years Ago
      Driving something around with that much rust on it would drive me INSANE. I'd have to fix it.
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd prefer it in satin black and polished chrome. Throw some smooties on there and I'd be happy.
        Hazdaz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dark Gnat
        You completely missed the point of this car then.
      turbomonkey2k
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do not want!
      redtruck
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ward definitely has an eye for the small details. Really comes together in complete way. Would love to build something this same style. The final product is just too cool.
      Edward
      • 2 Years Ago
      It appears that they kept the original narrow track, making this primarily a dragster. Did they also keep the original Fluid Drive?
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