This Derelict Vintage 1949 Mercury Coupe by ICON has a Tesla electric heart

This Derelict Vintage 1949 Mercury Coupe by ICON has a Tesla electric heart

What could you do to breathe new life in a derelict 1949 Mercury Coupe? You could go and repair its 4.2-litre flathead V8 and restore the entire car to its former glory, as countless classic car lovers do around the world. Or you could go on a totally different path and mix the old car’s soul with a more modern high-tech electric drivetrain. Which is blasphemy for many car classic fanatics, but not for us.

This Derelict Vintage 1949 Mercury Coupe by ICON has a Tesla electric heart

ICON co-founder/lead designer Jonathan Ward explains:

“Why are all production EV vehicles devoid of heart and soul? Why is the aftermarket EV-conversion industry so slow to evolve and provide comprehensive systems and solutions? Why can’t you have the best of both worlds: the style and quality of a vintage vehicle with modern performance and functionality? We say you can have your cake and eat it too!”

This Derelict Vintage 1949 Mercury Coupe by ICON has a Tesla electric heart

“The powertrain is all-modern and was a co-engineering exercise between ICON and Stealth EV. The dual electric motor, transmission-less design provides 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of freight-train torque and the equivalent of 400 horsepower, with no shifts all the way up to the Merc’s 120 MPH top speed. A full Tesla Performance 85kWh battery array is strategically fit throughout the vehicle for exceptional weight balance. It is capable of an estimated 150- to 200-mile range and has 1.5-hour full recharge capability.”

This Derelict Vintage 1949 Mercury Coupe by ICON has a Tesla electric heart

The 1949 Mercury EV Derelict was commissioned by a longtime client, who gave ICON the go-ahead to push the boundaries of design and engineering. The result is what makes an ICON Derelict a piece of rolling sculpture. SEMA attendees can see the ICON 1949 Mercury EV Derelict in the Optima Battery booth #20323.