Settling in Los Angeles, California, designer Jonathan Ward and his team at ICON seek to unite modern performance with classic styling. Focusing on 4×4 styling, Ward sometimes drifts away from trucks and towards classic cars and even bicycles. Posted on Ward’s YouTube, we present to you one of ICON’s custom one-offs; a 1950 Derelict Buick Roadmaster.
Literally art on wheels, each project ICON touches has a classy feel to it. Specifically, this Roadmaster is no exception to their artistic craft. In the video, Ward explained that the Roadmaster had its body completely removed from the chassis and 3D scanned.
By scanning the Roadmaster, it gave Ward and his team the exact dimensions they had to work with. From there, Art Morrison designed and built a custom chassis that could sustain all the new, upgraded components while still being able to attach to the factory body mount points.
Propping the hood, this Roadmaster has an 7.0 liter, 428 cubic-inch LS7 V8 engine that originates from the sixth generation Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Not including all of the modifications the ICON team made, the LS7 alone produces 505 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.
Given each ICON Derelict car is hand-built, each LS7 produced is hand-built at the General Motors Performance Build Center in Wixom, Michigan. Choosing to keep the original paint untouched gives it that rust bucket feel.
However, looking at the new interior and the internals under the hood will tell another story. What are your thoughts on the ICON Derelict Buick Roadmaster?
Would you have done it different? Feel free to comment below and be sure to check out other past projects handled by ICON here.