The Mercury Coupe is a trademark in mid-century film, with powerful iconography that’s been introduced to us time and time again. Originally, the vehicle was praised for its smooth lines, rounded body, and flathead V8 — but today, a Los Angeles builder has done the impossible by introducing some modern flair to this classic ride.
Icon 4×4, an innovative automotive design company that specializes in modern classics, has blessed the world with a one-of-a-kind 1949 Mercury Coupe that blurs the lines between modern design and vintage loyalty. Dubbed “The Derelict,” this all-electric monster puts out the equivalent of 400 horsepower with almost 450 lb-ft of torque thanks to a Tesla Performance 85kWh battery. The silent coupe boasts a 200-mile range and charges up in less than two hours. Pop the hood to find a vintage V-8 “engine” that cleverly hides the battery controllers and some Tesla modules, complete with cloth-braided sheathing for the appearance of a traditional motor. The new Andromeda gauges, dash, Knoll Textile fabrics, and Moore & Giles hides have all been acquired with painstaking attention to detail and hand-selected with the original vintage interface and spirit in mind. This truly is a piece of rolling art.