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1958/2017 ICON Derelict Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud

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Husband and wife team Jonathan and Jamie Ward founded TLC in 1996 in Los Angeles, California to restore and modify classic Toyota FJ Land Cruisers. In 2006 ICON 4x4 was launched as a sister brand to realise their vision of combining classic styling with modern performance in cars that are fit for regular use in the 21st century. An ethos shared with Singer with their re-imagined Porsches and Eagle with their modern take on the E-type Jaguar. New terms have been coined for this breed of classic car such as rat-rod or resto-mod.

Each ICON car is built to exact customer specifications depending on how it will be used, and the company is known worldwide for its meticulous details and high-quality fit and finish. In addition to their modified Toyota FJs, Ford Broncos and Chevrolet pick-ups, ICON also produce bespoke one-off cars to order including their so called ‘Derelicts’. Derelicts follow the ICON model of classic cars with modern performance running gear but with a high level of natural patina. This appreciation of ‘shabby-chic’ reflects a wider movement in the classic car world, to preserve rather than restore, as enlightened enthusiasts realise that restoration often removes inherent character.

One such ‘Derelict’ is our ICON Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud. The car was built to order for an Australian client, so it was designed to comply with strict Australian safety laws. A suitable RHD car was sourced in the US in the form of a Silver Cloud that retained its original colour combination of Sage Green over Smoke Green. The car left the Rolls-Royce factory in Crewe in September 1958 and was supplied by Halesowen Rolls-Royce agents Newbury Motors to a J. Bryd of Bryd Bros. Evesham Ltd. The car later found its way to the US where it became the courtesy car for a cosmetics company and was acquired by one of the directors on his retirement from the company. This example was the perfect base for the project as it displayed the desired level of external originality and patina which was preserved throughout the build process.

On delivery to ICON’s workshop the Rolls-Royce was completely disassembled, and a new custom fabricated chassis designed by long term collaborators Washington-based Art Morrison Enterprises was fitted. The ‘chassis’ consists of a GT front subframe with independent front suspension and a triangulated four-link rear subframe with coil-overs at all four corners which, coupled with JRI shock absorbers and PAC Racing springs, ensures surefooted handling. The underside of the body was repaired where necessary and treated with a protective coating of heat-cured Polyurea before mounting on the powder-coated chassis.

The drivetrain was a new ‘crate’ GM LS7 unit with wet sump conversion mated to a GM 4L85E heavy-duty four-speed gearbox, suitably modified by Huntington Beach Transmission. The exhaust system is stainless steel and drive to the rear is via a new 9” differential by Strange Engineering. The 20:1 powered rack and pinion steering system is by Flaming River and features a bespoke collapsible steering column.

In view of the huge leap in power to some 550 horsepower, a modern and efficient braking was essential, so Brembo brakes are fitted with discs all round, six-piston calipers at the front and four-piston units at the rear. The parking brake is an electric E-Stopp unit connected to the original handbrake lever. The standard wheels were not suitable for the new hub and brake arrangement, so new and wider, 18” billet alloy wheels were specially fabricated, finished with newly manufactured chrome RR hubcaps to resemble the original wheels.

All glass and window seals were replaced with new, so the cabin is quiet and draught-free. Other items had to be built specifically for the car including a bespoke fuel tank, CAD-designed radiator and new wiring loom with LED bulbs used throughout the car. No Lucas electrical worries with this Rolls-Royce!

In the interests of comfort and regular use the interior was fully restored. The seats were trimmed in new green leather with pale green piping and new carpets fitted. The headlining was replaced with authentic English wool and the extensive woodwork was refurbished.

The dashboard was subtly modified too. The original facias of the gauges were retained but with modern VDO electronics installed behind. Modern audio and air-conditioning systems were fitted, with controls hidden behind a matching wooden dashboard panel. Cruise control was also installed.

The build was completed in November 2017 at a total cost of $417,779 which, at current exchange rates, equates to some £345,000.

Since completion the car has generated a huge amount of interest on both sides of the Atlantic, having featured in ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ and Tiff Needell’s ‘Love Cars’ series. ICON 4X4 and the Derelict Rolls-Royce were also the subject of a story in The Financial Times and the car will shortly appear in Jodie Kidd’s ‘Kidd in a Sweet Shop’ automotive show.

In 2018 the ICON Derelict Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud was acquired from its original Australian owner by a high-profile British collector. The car has covered a mere 12,000 miles since completion and is taxes paid, UK registered and available for immediate purchase as the current owner has a number of other exciting projects in the pipeline.

In summary, this car is truly unique. The combination of classic styling and modern supercar performance is intoxicating. All this from rugged and reliable GM running gear that can be serviced anywhere.

The perfect classic car.


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Seller: Goodwin Cars
Joined August 2022
  David Goodwin
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Company: Goodwin Cars
Country: United Kingdom
City: Farnham
Phone: 01252755255
07771 856960
Currency: GBP
Condition Rebuilt
Trade or Private: Trade
Price: £325,000
Added: 19/08/2022
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