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.
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.
It looks like Jay Leno got bored of all the supercars on the market, as in the past few episodes of his show he turned his attention toward classic cars. After the 1951 Kaiser Drag’n, Leno now chose to review a 1957 Buick Roadmaster.
The Roadmaster was produced by Buick between 1936 and 1958 and again from 1991 to 1996. The 1957 model featured a lower body and an even more panoramic windshield equipped with reverse slanted pillars. The Roadmaster was built on a Buick’s longest non-limousine wheelbase and shared its basic structure with later-model Oldsmobiles.
Under the hood there was a new 364-cubic-inch engine that cranked out 300 horsepower.
Watch the video to see why Jay Leno is so impressed by these dinosaurs of the automotive world, as he calls them. Let us know in the comment section below if you think he is right!