Proof anything can be awesome
It may have been the police car of choice across much of the United States, but there’s no denying the 1990's Chevrolet Caprice Classic is pretty lame. So lame, in fact, it’s impossible to make one cool, right?
If there’s anyone capable of disproving that theory it’s Jonathan Ward, the brains behind Icon. The California-based outfit’s bread-and-butter is producing drastically modernized Ford Broncos and Toyota FJ Land Cruisers. The principles behind those cars have been applied to this Caprice.
It was commissioned by a guy who does a lot of interstate travel on his frequent visits to the U.S., but hates flying. He wanted it to be fast and comfortable, but most of all it had to tell anyone who saw it in the rear view mirror in no uncertain terms to get out of the way.
Mission accomplished on that front. Finished in matte black and with high-power LED lights on the push bar, it looks deeply sinister. Especially as, with an E-ROD-built LS3 V8 under the hood, it’ll arrive in the mirrors rather quickly.
The suspension and brakes have been completely re-engineered to cope with the extra power and sharpen up the driving experience.
As you’d expect of an Icon build, it’s packed with details, most of them intended to rid the interior of as much plastic as possible and make it more usable on the owner's long journeys.
Jonathan Ward himself is your guide through the car in the video above, which is proof that no car is beyond redemption so long as you have the imagination and a large pile of cash to throw at it.