Icon customized classic cars in Los Angeles
Los Angeles-based custom automobile maker Icon sources old model vehicles and outfits their exteriors with modern, high-powered chassis and powertrains. They look old but drive like new, according to a Bloomberg News review.
Here's a look inside a 1965 Dodge D200, sold for $280,000, and a $190,000 1952 Chrysler Town & Country Wagon that got the Icon treatment.
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Icon owner Jonathan Ward's personal car has the exterior of a 1952 Chrysler Town & Country Wagon with the front end of a DeSoto grafted on.
The car's rusted patina and rubbed-off paint give the impression of a clunker, but the 1952 Chrysler is actually part of Ward's "derelict" series of classic cars and sells for $190,000.
The front end of a DeSoto grafted onto the 1952 Chrysler Town & Country Wagon features a teeth-like grille.
The wood flooring and steering wheel of the 1952 Chrysler Town & Country Wagon are all original.
The original features of the 1952 Chrysler with a DeSoto grafted on hide a 6.1-liter V-8 Hemi engine and five-speed automatic transmission.
That beefed up engine produces speeds unfamiliar to the original speedometer of the 1952 Chrysler Town & Country Wagon.
The $190,000 vehicle retains its manual window crank and door handles.
The original Town & Country Wagon logo is displayed in the reworked 1952 Chrysler vehicle.
The interior of a 1952 Chrysler Town & Country Wagon, with the front end of a DeSoto grafted on
The radio and temperature controls of the 1952 Chrysler Town & Country Wagon were customized by Icon. The auto shop delivered about 30 cars to customers in 2012.
An old whiskey bottle is used as the reservoir overflow inside Icon's $190,000 reworked 1952 Chrysler Town & Country Wagon, which has the front end of a DeSoto grafted on.
The original steering wheel of the 1952 Chrysler Town & Country Wagon was kept intact for the $190,000 reworked "Derelict" edition.
The original steering wheel of the 1952 Chrysler Town & Country Wagon is pictured.
Jonathan Ward, owner and head designer of Los Angeles-based custom automobile maker Icon, sits behind the wheel of his 1952 Chrysler Town & Country Wagon.
Jonathan Ward, owner and head designer of Los Angeles-based custom automobile maker Icon, and his crew spent a year customizing this 1965 Dodge D200 truck.
Icon reworked the 1965 Dodge D200 truck to fit the chassis of a heavy-duty 2007 Dodge Mega Cab 3500.
The 1965 Dodge D200 truck has four doors and a reworked grille. The lights are LED and the tires oversize.
The Art Deco windows installed in the 1965 Dodge D200 truck are made of highly reflective glass used in skyscrapers.
The 1965 vehicle was outfitted with the Icon brand logo.
The 1965 Dodge D200 truck was outfitted with an oversize, leather-bound steering wheel, which, according to Bloomberg News' auto critic, adds to the impression that you're driving a tractor-sized vehicle.
While the radio in the 1965 Dodge D200 looks like an old AM unit, it actually operates a bumping stereo system. A digital information screen slides out of a compartment in the dash. More luxurious touches: The roof is padded with bison hide, and the thick floor carpets were taken from a Rolls-Royce.
The truck's suspension was upgraded, and Icon installed a 5.9-liter Cummins turbo-diesel six-cylinder engine that is specially tuned to produce 975 foot-pounds of torque and a whopping 575 horsepower.