Icon 4×4 1949 “Derelict” Hudson Coupe

Classic cars from the 1940s are doing well if they’re standing the test of time today but some need a little extra help to return to their former glories with workshops like Icon 4×4 and this, frankly stunning, 1949 “Derelict” Hudson Coupe. They will be debuting this dapper beauty at Monterey Car Week and it is a heady combination of supercharged LS9 power meets alligator upholstery and for fans of vintage cars, this will be a most welcome sight indeed.

The Icon 4×4 1949 “Derelict” Hudson Coupe is a truly spectacular restoration project and Jonathan Ward, the man behind Icon 4×4, is notorious for pushing the envelope of automotive design and craftsmanship and this breathtaking creation is certainly no exception. This latest “Derelict” build from Ward follows the company ethos of combining a classic body in as-found condition with cutting-edge mechanical components and electronics. And it’s stunning.

Old Meets New

Designed and built for a returning customer of Icon 4×4, this 1949 “Derelict” Hudson Coupe is sure to be the cornerstone of their classic car collection and the new owner has a ranch in Nashville and loves the local culture there. As such, it was the idea to build a car with some rockabilly spirit: a vehicle that was distinct, yet fit the vibe of Nashville and, as you can see, it is mission well and truly accomplished. They jointly decided a 1949-1951 Hudson coupe would be just the right choice and we’re thinking they definitely made the right decision here at Coolector HQ.

The Icon 4×4 1949 “Derelict” Hudson Coupe taps into Ward’s recent deep-dive hobby of traditional leather-craft. As a serial craftsman, he has explored many arts, and leather-craft really speaks to him as a designer so he infused that into this project, which boasts a highly unique wild-caught alligator and calf leather interior, which Ward designed and dyed all by hand. This barn-found Hudson was found in North Carolina and it was re-imagined as a highly capable, modern daily-driver with a bit of rockabilly attitude. The foundation is custom-engineered Art Morrison subframe assemblies designed to integrate to the Hudson “Monobuilt” semi-unibody construction.

It has a chassis was set up with fully adjustable 4-wheel independent suspension with Brembo brakes. GM LS9 power is delivered through the 4L85-E automatic transmission into the Art Morrison IRS with Dana 60 differential. Interior textiles combine hand-dyed wild alligator with Moore & Giles leather. There are plenty of other interior touches that impress which include German wool carpeting, removable floormats, a wool headliner, and alligator-trimmed wool sunvisors.

First Class Features

Everywhere you look with the build of the Icon 4×4 1949 “Derelict” Hudson Coupe there is a feature that positively wows. This includes fantastic specifications such as the supercharged GM LS9 6.2L V-8, 638 HP @ 6,500 RPM/ 604 lb-ft @ 3,800 RPM, crafted cold-air intake, dyno-tuned, Hydratech brake booster, Wilwood master cylinder, PSC remote reservoir, Griffin aluminium radiator and CNC aluminium knobs designed as original.

This exemplary creation does a fantastic job of showcasing the restorative talents of Jonathan Ward of Icon 4×4 and it goes without saying that the lucky new recipient of this vehicle has one of the most eye-catching and majestic looking machines you’re likely to encounter on any open road out there.

Leo is the owner of The Coolector and writes about the stuff he loves. And some stuff that he merely likes.