Classic car values seem to be in a strong place right now, with older models from brands like Porsche, Ferrari and even Mopar skyrocketing in value in recent years. But no matter how high vintage car values climb, there’s no way this ratty and rusty 1950 Buick Roadmaster is worth $315,000, right?
While it’s certainly up for debate just how much this car is worth, it’s definitely more expensive than it looks. That’s because this is actually the Icon Derelict, a custom 1950 Buick Roadmaster convertible built by well-known Southern California aftermarket shop Icon 4×4. The company is famous for its drool-worthy off-road builds, like the Icon Toyota FJ, for example, but it’s also rather adept at modifying American classics.
The Icon Derelict was built to be a daily driver and as such, it features comfortable amenities like modern heat, modern wipers, new weatherstripping, power electric windows, German wool carpet and even an automatic folding soft-top built using parts lifted from a Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce. Underneath the purposefully patina’d body is an Art Morrison chassis, a 505 hp 7.0-liter LS7 V8 paired to a General Motors 4L85E automatic transmission and Wilwood power disc brakes.
Icon says it was lucky to have found this car, as 1950 Buick Roadmaster convertibles such as this can be hard to come by.
“It took a while to find this one,” the company said. “The Roadmaster is quite rare, and most have been fully restored, or are beyond salvation. We discovered this one sitting in the desert in Arizona. It had languished for decades, with the owner always planning to get to it, but it never happened. We were lucky to have found it, and honored to be able to buy it.”
The car is currently listed for sale on eBay with a buy-it-now price of $315,000. We think the seller will have a hard time getting that kind of money for a patina’d Buick restomod with a Small Block, but who knows? Let us know what you think of this build in the comments below.
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