Icon’s Chevy Thriftmaster packs a big V8, modern tech, 1950s style

It’s part of the company’s New School range

California-based Icon built a 1952 Chevrolet Thriftmaster 3100 pick-up that showcases a various approach to the work it’s famous for. While its previous Thriftmaster-based builds (consisting of the one we drove) have actually been Old School tasks, meaning they put an emphasis on retro styling hints, its newest truck belongs to a series called New College that’s characterized by an extra modern-looking outside design.

Built by hand on an Art Morrison chassis, the Thriftmaster is finished in a head-turning color called Chalk that comes from the Porsche combination. Black chrome outside trim includes a touch of contrast to the layout, as does a set of 18-inch built wheels, however what’s arguably the coolest part of the develop can be seen by dropping the tailgate. The cargo box is lined with Shu Sugi Ban-finished walnut timber; that’s an old Japanese wood-working strategy that aims to preserve the product by charring its surface area. We believe it looks amazing.

Inside, the Thriftmaster provides an uncommon mix of 1950s design, modern innovation as well as the construct high quality connected with Icon’s productions. The seats are upholstered with micro-sanded leather, the steering wheel is smaller sized than the factory-fitted device and connected to an adjustable column, and even the sunvisors are personalized. Power-operated home windows, a rear-view electronic camera, LED ambient lights as well as a Leader sound system are part of the build too, however they’re nicely concealed behind a relocating one-piece dashboard panel.

Jaw-dropping horsepower was not one of the Thriftmaster’s initial marketing points, so Icon laid out to transform that. It replaced the original engine with a General Motors-sourced 6.2-liter LS3 V8 that’s tuned to develop 440 horse power and 430 pound-feet of torque. It’s fuel-injected, and also it spins the back wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. Brembo brakes maintain the large amount of power in check.

“My preferred part is that our first New School vehicle can conveniently keep pace ferreting out a contemporary cars with a canyon, not a problem in any way,” commented Icon owner Jonathan Ward. Achieving this degree of efficiency in a pickup truck that’s nearly 70 years old is no little accomplishment, and Icon did it by adding a four-wheel independent shock absorber, flexible coilovers plus rack-and-pinion guiding.

Symbol really did not expose who commissioned the truck or how much it cost. What’s specific is that it will transform heads at the following automobiles and coffee meet.