Mostly known for turning classic SUVs and trucks such as the Toyota FJ, the Ford Bronco, and the Chevrolet 3100 into modern off-roaders or hot rods, ICON also spends time building rat rod-like vehicles as part of its Derelicts line. The Los Angeles shop buys "as found" vintage car bodies and mounts them on modern chassis and drivetrains, while adding various creature comforts. The latest tarnished jewel to join ICON’s Derelicts lineup is a 1948 Buick Super Convertible, and the final product, a rusty sleeper that can smoke most modern-day BMWs and Porsches, just arrived in Jay Leno’s famous garage for a full review.
ICON used a new Art Morrison chassis complete with an independent front suspension and a four-link rear suspension, as well as JRI shocks and a 20-to-1 rack and pinion power steering system. But the most spectacular feature of this Derelict is under its hood, where ICON dropped a Corvette ZR1-sourced, supercharged, 6.2-liter LS9 V-8 engine. The mill cranks out 638 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque through a Supermatic 4L85E automatic and a set of Z-rated, BF Goodrich G-Force tires. No wonder this massive convertible can do burnouts now. Check it out in detail in Leno’s 18-minute review above.
The world of restomodding is something like walking a tightrope. There have been a lot of advances in automotive technology over the years, but trying to incorporate them into an older car without wrecking the aesthetic can be difficult. But some people have worked out the right formula for these kinds of things, and the folks at Icon are absolutely obsessive about it. It gets especially interesting with the Derelict series of cars, in which the exterior gives the appearance of not having been restored at all, but nearly everything else about the car has been changed and modernized.
The car started life as a 1948 Buick Super Convertible. It was found in barn in Pennsylvania and hadn’t been registered since the ’70s. The Super had been a thoroughly mainstream car for Buick in its day, a full-sized but not excessively expensive car that sold in huge numbers. So even today it isn’t especially rare, and when Icon CEO Jonathan Ward found the car while actually searching for a different Buick, he bought it right away, despite not having a buyer lined up yet. The modifications have been extensive, to say the very least, but the car still looks every bit like a barn find.
Continue reading to learn more about the Buick Super Convertible by ICON.
How do you think a 100-plus-year-old car behaves on the road? Its pretty hard to imagine something like this is even possible, right? Well, in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, the Jay took a look at a 1910 Buick Bug. The car was delivered by Jeremy Dimick of Flint’s Sloan Museum and the test drive is pretty interesting.
The 1910 Buick Bug was built as a race car and drew its power from an overhead-valve, four-cylinder engine that delivered a total of 57 horsepower. Though that power is low by today’s standards, it was actually pretty good back in its day, and it helped get the 2,600-pound racer to a top speed of about 105 mph.
During the video, make sure that you pay close attention to the its four exhaust pipes, as the spit fire like today’s supercars when the Bug is idling.
Check out the video to see what Leno thinks of the 1910 Buick Bug.
While modern-day Buick struggles to compete with the likes of Lexus and Acura, there was once a car with a Buick logo that muscle-car enthusiasts dream of driving. Funny as it sounds now, in its era this car used to give the Corvettes and other high-end sports cars a run for their money. This car is none other than the Buick Grand National.
With a turbocharged V-6 under the hood that helped gain quicker accelerations and a standard black paint job that made the design of the Grand National more intimidating, this car is definitely considered as one of the true muscle cars, during its heyday. To make matters worse, this car peaked in an era where econo-boxes reigned supreme and performance was an afterthought.
The Grand National, in today’s standards, is like the 2013 Shelby GT500 with both cars being a working man’s supercar. So, now you’ll get the big picture how the Buick Grand National was in the 1980s...
With rumors circling that GM is trying to revive the Grand National name for a high-performance Buick, we just hope that the rumor of will come true and spark excitement like it used to back in the 80s.
Click past the jump to read our historical review of the iconic Grand National