Icon modernizes a 1971 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL whereas preserving patina


Los Angeles-based Icon meticulously modernizes traditional vehicles, however generally it leaves a layer of patina intact. These vehicles are referred to as Derelicts, and the newest one is a 1971 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL.

Set to make its public debut on the 2022 SEMA present in Las Vegas, the silver sedan might look barely weathered on the skin, however beneath the light paint it is full of contemporary upgrades.

Icon made some extent of not touching the physique shell, however mounted it on a brand new Artwork Morrison chassis that features four-wheel adjustable coilovers and unbiased rear suspension. Brakes had been upgraded with trendy Brembo {hardware} and energy help, and Icon put in its personal power-assisted, rack-and-pinion steering setup.

The unique engine was changed with a GM-sourced LS9 V-8 crate engine. That is the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 used within the C6 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. Icon did not record output figures, however we all know the usual engine makes 638 hp and 604 lb-ft of torque. That energy is shipped to the rear wheels by means of a 4L85E 4-speed automated transmission within the Mercedes.

Icon Derelict 1971 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL

Icon Derelict 1971 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL

Icon tried to cover the modified nature of the automobile, though the enlarged aluminum wheels are a little bit of a giveaway. LED lighting is a extra refined exterior improve, and helps scale back power consumption, Icon famous.

The inside follows the identical theme, trying principally inventory however concealing a contemporary audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, 4 Focal two-way audio system, and a twin subwoofer with amp.

Icon did not disclose a value for this particular automobile, however famous that its Derelict builds begin at $450,000 and can be found on a fee foundation. So in contrast to Icon’s series-produced Toyota Land Cruiser, Ford Bronco, and Chevrolet Thriftmaster pickup truck restomods, every Derelict is exclusive.

Previous builds embrace every thing from a 1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud to an all-electric 1949 Mercury Coupe powered by Tesla tech.


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