Icon completes its five hundredth Toyota Land Cruiser restomod


Icon has accomplished its five hundredth Toyota Land Cruiser construct, the California restomod specialist not too long ago introduced.

Icon’s New Faculty Version 1964 Land Cruiser FJ44 follows the identical template because the 499 builds that preceded it. The outside stays largely authentic, with some delicate updates like LED headlights, energy facet steps, and new wheels.

The inside nonetheless options heated seats, a contemporary audio system, and a rearview digicam. Rear leap seats permit entry by means of a bi-fold tailgate, whereas a roof rack and ladder give the Land Cruiser that basic expedition look.

The mechanicals are additionally up to date. Energy comes from a 6.2-liter V-8 linked to a 5-speed handbook transmission and four-wheel-drive system with locking differentials. Brakes and suspension are upgraded as nicely, and a ceramic-coated exhaust system ensures any passerby will know what’s underneath the hood.

Icon New School Edition 1964 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ44

Icon New Faculty Version 1964 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ44

Icon founder Jonathan Ward was impressed to start out engaged on Land Cruisers after seeing them in motion throughout an African safari within the Nineteen Nineties. Impressed by the reliability of the Toyotas in comparison with the Land Rovers additionally used for safari work, he got here again to California and based TLC 4×4, an organization centered on restorations relatively than restomods.

Ward then deviated from factory-correct restorations with a 1965 FJ43 that added some extra trendy touches, together with a customized leather-based inside and grey paint from Audi. The response to this up to date Land Cruiser was extraordinarily constructive, laying the groundwork for Ward’s founding of Icon in 2003.

Icon has since branched out from Land Cruisers with restomods of different classics just like the Chevrolet Thriftmaster pickup truck, in addition to the patinated Derelict restomods. However the firm will seemingly all the time be finest identified for the Toyota restomods that began all of it.

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