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How To Blow Six Figures On A Crappy Chevy

At no point does OCD car redesigner Jonathan Ward of ICON ever explicitly say how much it cost to turn a clapped out (first) Clinton-era Miami Dade PD Chevy Caprice into what you see above. It’s almost certainly six figures and most definitely worth it. Is it ICON’s best car? Yes, yes it is.

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While I agree with Jason’s assessment that ICON makes the best SUVs around, a little part of me wondered if this wasn’t all becoming pastiche. Look, we replaced the gauges with better looking gauges! Delete some trim! CNC things to make them look identical to what existed before, but aluminum!

Well, I’m an idiot.

Ward basically did all of the things listed above plus the usual Hotchkis upgrades and threw a 6.2-liter LS3 E-ROD underhood. If you described the brief to me for the car I’d probably be able to guess a decent amount of what happened.

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It looks perfect, though. The difference between Ward and other restomodders seems to be that he’s the most neurotic, deciding to fix things that don’t appear to be broken and fitting the car with components you’ll never see that just work. One gets the impression, which I hope is correct, that Ward wouldn’t allow a car that wasn’t up to his unnatural standards out of his shop.

This is apparently a car for someone from “overseas” who doesn’t like to fly but has to do a lot of miles and can spend the crazy amount of money this must have cost so you may one day see it.

I want to meet the person wanted this.

Gawker Media's Executive Editor for Publishing Partnerships. Ex-Jalopnik EiC.

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On the one hand, that is seriously cool.

On the other hand, I could not ever see spending anything close to that on one of those old Caprices, because at the end of the day, it’s an old Caprice. It may not drive like a Caprice, or ride like one, or handle like one, but if nothing else, it looks like one. Personally, I do not want my hundred grand car looking like sombody Mad Max’d an old taxi. I’m sure that’s not a popular view on here, but there you go.