Often times, we fixate on barn finds but never follow-through on their stories as to whether or not they ever became road-worthy again. Thankfully, the folks at ICON 4×4 have saved us from themselves by unveiling their 1949 Hudson Coupe Derelict until after the work had already been completed. And, let us be the first to tell you, the results are magnificent.
Originally found in less-than-working condition in North Carolina, ICON has brought this legendary old-school ride back to life in spectacular fashion. For instance, they’ve dropped a new 6.2L supercharged LS9 V8 engine under the hood that gives it a whopping 638 horsepower and 604 foot-pounds of torque. Other modern upgrades include an automatic transmission, an ICON Brembo GT brake system, and even an A/C unit and modern sound system inside the cab. The best part, however, is that — as is the case with all of their Derelict vehicles — they allowed some of the age and patina of this vehicle to remain, giving this beautiful coupe even more character.