We really love restomods – in case you haven’t noticed by now, so when Icon goes to SEMA with a new build we’re obviously going to share all the goodies with you, the fellow automotive passionate.
Icon is well known for going all out – much like Sinegr does with the Porsche 911 – when bringing to life a new restomods, most of them from the Toyota FJ series. This edition of SEMA is no different, with the California-based shop announcing in front of the worldwide audience of the Las Vegas event their new “Old School” FJ40, mixing a concours-ready restoration from the TLC unit with the modern upgrades we all feel are warranted on such classic modifications. The 1970 FJ40 is also at SEMA to signal the company’s 10th anniversary, kicking off their new Old School Series.
The exterior is made out of 5052-grade hand-crafted aluminum, finished in an era-appropriate powder coated beige finish. Bespoke alloys and stainless-steel badges, and homage to Toyota’s 1960s design, are also present. Inside there’s leather from specialists Moore & Giles – embossed Italian leather that resembles elephant skin. Performance is like it never was on the original FJ40 – a Cummins 2.8-liter diesel sits under the hood hooked to an AX-15 five-speed manual transmission, good for 161 horsepower (120 kilowatts) and 267 pound-feet (362 Newton-meters) of torque. Four-wheel drive is enabled by an Advance Adapters Atlas II transfer case, along with Dana 44 front and 60 rear axles, fitted with BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A K02 tires – and there are even Brembo Sport brakes.