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.
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