ICON has done some pretty amazing things with old barn-find vehicles, forgotten for decades until the California team breathes new life into them. ICON’s M.O. is unlike other restoration companies, as its Derelicts line combines all the underpinnings of modern street machines, while keeping nearly every visible piece just as it was the day the company found it. ICON’s latest example is this beautiful 1948 Buick Super Convertible.
The process started when the Buick was found in a Pennsylvania garage. The car’s body was then carefully separated from its original chassis and laser-scanned. The team then spent hundreds of hours designing a new chassis to perfectly match the body’s underside, but would also hold performance gains not otherwise possible with the old 1948 frame.
The new Art Morrison chassis is complete with independent front suspension and a four-link rear suspension. Coil over JRI shocks hold up each corner while a 20-to-1 rack and pinion power steering system makes the Buick drive more like a Corvette. Speaking of Corvette , ICON dropped in a ZR1-sourced, supercharged, 6.2-liter LS9 V-8. The small block Chevy churns out 638 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque. A Supermatic 4L85E automatic transmission does the shifting, while a set of Z-rated, BF Goodrich G-Force tires lay the power down.
Though the interior looks completely original, ICON worked hard to hide all the modern electronic conveniences, including a web-enabled audio system with navigation, Bluetooth, a backup camera, and an Audison sound system. The touchscreen head unit is hidden behind the Buick’s original AM radio that articulates down when touched.
It’s amazing to see how well the project turned out. It took over a year to complete, and it’s easy to see why. The Buick combines its original exterior and all its character, along with a kickin’ LS9 small block and a suspension that will handle the track. If that’s not a perfect combination, I don’t know what is.
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ICON Derelict Buick Super Convertible
ICON is proud to present the latest in the eclectic and diverse series of one off custom vehicles from it’s Derelict Line, this magical 1948 Buick Super Convertible.
Discovered in a garage in Pennsylvania, last on the road in 1973, ICON transported this streamlined wonder to it’s Chatsworth headquarters for transformation into a modern and highly capable daily driver. The process started with the team liberating the body from the original chassis, to laser scan the body, thereby allowing CAD design of the modern chassis and mechanical systems. A year and a half later, (and over 1400 internal man hours...), it looks like nothing was done! But that is half the fun with the Derelict designs, which seek to celebrate the original patina and romance of age, while fusing these honored elements with state of the art engineering, to transcend the vehicle into something that can be driven daily with pride.
This vehicle features a one-off Art Morrison chassis with independent front suspension, four link rear, coil over JRI shocks al the way around, 20:1 rack and pinion power steering, 638 HP / 604 TQ 6.2L GM LS9 (air-to-liquid intercooled, dry sump...), Supermatic 4L85E automatic transmission, Strange 9” rear end, stainless fuel and exhaust system, and much more. Custom 18” 6061 billet wheels finished in a distressed dark red powder coat with spun stainless hub caps acid etched with the vintage Buick font. ZR rated BF Goodrich G-Force tires make sure all this power makes it to the tarmac.
Further, albeit more subtle, modifications continue into the interior. Electric power windows, power seat and top, all modern wiring harness and gauges hidden to appear as stock.The original AM radio center dash speaker has been modified to articulate down when touched, revealing modern touch screen web-enabled audio system, NAV, Bluetooth, reverse camera and more. All Focal and Audison system components for sound quality, with front speakers behind perforated leather, and rear speakers hidden in 300SL speaker housings.The bass is in the truck, integrated. Front seat now has an articulating center console with cup holders and iPhone dock, seats are stuffed with Tempurpedic foam, finished in red Moore & Giles hides. Carpet is Rolls Royce Wilton wool, and the soft top is skinned in Mercedes tan canvas.The entire underside of the vehicle has been coated in heat cured polyurea, and Dynamat sound deadener products are everywhere possible.