Icon Derelict 1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud with 550 HP is the sleigh Santa deserves

If you want to have the best of both worlds by retaining the patina of vintage cars while packing high-performance chassis and powertrain components underneath, you’ll probably like Icon’s Derelict series, the built-in rusty classics in the price range of… a 2021 Rolls-Royce Phantom.

Jonathan Ward’s first step into this specific genre was with his personal 1952 DeSoto Station Wagon, while this latest 1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Series I was an Australian order completed in 2018. Showing some cracks in its paint job Original two-tone, this marvelous creation is built on an Art Morrison chassis featuring independent suspension all around, massive Brembo brakes, rack-and-pinion steering and of course a Chevrolet LS7 V8 tuned to produce around 550 horsepower. . What hasn’t changed much, however, is the look and feel of that rich 1950s Rolls-Royce interior, a mix of walnut and leather treated by the best in the business.

Before landing at Icon’s workshop in California, this first Silver Cloud was parked for centuries due to electrical problems, but its earlier history includes being the company car of an American company of cosmetics, then the retirement gift from its former CEO. Between 1955 and 1958, Rolls-Royce only produced 2,238, while Bentley got along with its 3,538 S1 siblings. Thanks to updates from Icon, this incomparable 1958 cruiser should now be ready for another seven decades, plus all the burnout that its original 155-horsepower six-cylinder engine couldn’t handle.

Tiff Needle Lovecars argues that this V8 sleeper would be the perfect car for Santa Claus, an older gentleman who is mostly on vacation throughout the year, but still needs a sizable boot from time to time.

Frankly, if we continue with that thought, it’s not hard to imagine that 1958 six-seater Rolls rolling on studded tires, with the rear axle handling all the power of that LS7 through the wonderland of Winter.

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