Episode 004: A Barn Find of the gods, Muscle Investments, and Jonathan Ward’s DERELICT Dreamcars





In Episode 4 of Road Muscle Radio, Mark and Brett talk a barn find of the AGES, plus Brett goes full metal auction analyst with a list of classic cars that could be great investments…or NOT. In Segment 2, their special guest is Jonathan Ward, founder of the ICON design shop- where old cars go not to die, but to live- and live damn well. Imagine a high-tech ’49 Hudson. Yeah, that kind of amazeballs life. Jonathan is a hilarious straight-shooter, and shares his salty-and-oh-so-fun rundown on the DERELICT line of insanely cool rods, right here on Road Muscle Radio.


The founder and visionary behind TLC and ICON-  Jonathan Ward.

You should visit ICON4x4.com.  Sure- it says 4×4 in the title, and sure- they have 4×4’s.  BUT SO MUCH MORE!!

I got drawn to this when I watch a video about an electric 49 Mercury.  A what?  A yup.  The line is called DERELICT, and the idea is AWESOME.  According to the website:

“The purpose of the ICON Derelict Projects is simple, or it appears as such. Take timeless classic vehicles from any maker, from almost any era, then re-imagine them for modern use. Stay faithful to the original aesthetic design, and in some cases ask what was the purest intended form of the design in the eyes of the original designer, before the business priorities made sacrifices in design and detail, then rewrite history. Eliminate the archaic mechanical elements to allow users to get the best of both worlds; classic styling and modern performance. Reengineer every detail to create a daily driver with timeless style, modern functionality and environmental consciousness.

We leave the romantic and irreplaceable wabi-sabi finish on the exterior that only decades can create with honesty. We tailor the mechanical experience to our clients personality and use. We restore and enhance the interior space. Under the radar, epic and distinct. ”

If you google Jonathan, you better have some time on your hands. CNET, Road and Track, Forbes, Motor Trend, Wall STreet Journal, Jalopnik, Joe Rogan, He’s a premiere intellect on custom car building, king of the FUV (fun utilitiy vehicle), he can find the smallest flaw in a TESLA design, aaaand he’s a retired actor.  He was the voice of Zak in the cartoon FernGully: The Last Rainforest, he was in Steal Magnolias, in a bunch of TV shows, aaaaaand played Michael Cruise, the older brother, in Mac & Me.

The interview we have with Jonathan has some garage-worthy language- but that’s part of the real deal that is Jonathan.  Super-fun to talk with, and some day we both hope to share some beers, bbq, and horse-trading stories with him!




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There’s a video on youtube.  Search for “300 car barn find private tour.” Yeah- 300 cars.  3 barns.  Holy smokes, batman.

A car cleaning company out of New York was hired to clean up these crazy,  untouched condition, practically mint if ignore cars.  The cars are stacked two high, several-deep, and just keep going and going and going…

They aren’t really abandoned like a true barn find. The owner just kept the collection secret for many years, storing hundreds of cars away without driving them much.

What’s also nice? THEY’RE ALL FOR SALE. Most of which come with low miles. Some, especially those that were tucked underneath other lifted cars, were kept under a cover, but others are coated in a thick layer of dust.

You gotta watch some of the video.  It’s 30 minutes long, but sweet mama pajama.  Yet you’ll find just about everything in here. A bone-stock 1974 Hurst Oldsmobile sits next to a Matra Djet V. The owner apparently had a “Rolls-Royce phase.” A Bimota that was ridden only once before getting packed away. A ’55 Chevrolet restomod.  A prop-car believed to be from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Ex-SEMA show cars. Race cars—some raced by the collection’s owner. A shortened two-door Cadillac Seville. A Packard flower car that would have been used in funeral processions.

There’s even a Plymouth Superbird that itself was a barn-find, so welcome to Inception with tons of horsepower.

Of course, there’s more ultra-rare supercars like the one-of-six, $1 million Bizarrini P538 race car.  A Lamborghini LM002 that may have been owned by Nicolas Cage.

Lamborghini Countaches and zillions of rare Chevy Corvettes. Even a Ford Pinto. Some haven’t been uncovered in decades.

Sad part of this story?  I CAN’T FIND WHERE THEY’RE FOR SALE.  Keep your eye peeled- and your wallet. These won’t be cheap.





Fifteen Classic American Cars Collectors Need To Buy ASAP. OR NOT.

This list is from the “thethings.com” website.  You should listen to the podcast, because Brett gives a professional’s opinion on each one of these.  Some good brain fodder for future purchases.

Here’s what that site recommends as should-buy cars:

15           1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

The 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air is one of the coolest classics. It was an especially important vehicle for this manufacturer, as it brought upon a new degree of power because of its engine. Also, stylistically, it is an absolute gem, so this is easily one of the best classics you could buy.

14           1964 Pontiac GTO

The 1964 Pontiac GTO is a classic that everyone should be looking to add to their garage. It really was the bread and butter of this brand and even with it being defunct, it still is. It was the first of the muscle cars too, so naturally, it holds a massive spot in the automobile world’s history.

13           1992 Dodge Viper

The 1992 Dodge Viper is the first from this series. It would be a wonderful vehicle, as it brought something that drivers have never seen with their cars. It is immensely fun to drive with its blistering speeds, while also looking sick in the process. This is a no brainer to collect.

12           1955 Ford Thunderbird

The 1955 Ford Thunderbird is very iconic. This is because of the fact that it really made this brand relevant again. It is perfect with it looks and ride quality to this very day, which has helped its overall value. At the end of the day, we are massive fans of this beauty and that will never change.

11           1966 Oldsmobile Toronado

The 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado is a vehicle that many people still rave about today. It was a bold decision by the brand at its release, as they have never made something like this. It ended up being a fantastic move though, as it would result in this manufacturer having a new reputation.

10           1961 Lincoln Continental

The 1961 Lincoln Continental is about as classy as a car can get. This is seen by its amazing style, which of course, would help make it a top seller. It is apparent that this is the greatest car to have ever come from this manufacturer, as it would put them on top during that decade.

9              1987 Buick Grand National

The 1987 Buick Grand National is a vehicle that many people still want to drive. This is unlike any car to come from this brand ever. Its speed is able to outrace even many of today’s sports cars as well. We absolutely would love to see this brand go back to making another car like this one.

8              1982 Jeep Scrambler

The 1982 Jeep Scrambler is a classic pickup that could still easily get any task done. However, what is even more impressive about this vehicle is that it thrives immensely with its off-road handling. Thus, it is a cool option for those who are looking to go on an

7              1964 Ford Mustang

The 1964 Ford Mustang is heavily praised for its toughness and overall performance. Those are wonderful qualities to have, yes, but this car’s impact on the automobile world is more than that. This car would be what would really make this series become a top gun on the primary market.

6              1970 Plymouth Barracuda

The 1970 Plymouth Barracuda is a vintage model that everyone would end up loving as soon as it entered the primary market. It was built with such a strong structure that it was able to handle rough weather conditions without any issues. Also, with its awesome style, it is a fantastic buy.

5              1990 Chevrolet 454 SS

The 1990 Chevrolet 454 SS has seen a major increase in popularity over the years. This should not be surprising as it is an immensely strong pickup that was built to also hit blistering speeds. We would love to see this brand continue to make trucks like this legend.

4              1984 Jeep Cherokee

The 1984 Jeep Cherokee is an awesome vehicle to collect, as it was the start of it all for this stellar series. It clearly is a vehicle that has seen a lot of interest from collectors because of this. It is quite a tough vehicle that is able to still be used in working conditions at this present time.

3              1978 Dodge Lil Red Express

At one point in time, the 1978 Dodge Lil Red Express was the fastest vehicle in the automobile world. This is very impressive when seeing as how it was a small pickup. It is one of the most obscure vehicles to ever be built, so it makes a ton of sense to collect today.

2              1953 Chevrolet Corvette

The 1953 Chevrolet Corvette was the start of it all for this iconic series. It is a vehicle that everyone would love to have in their collection, as it is immensely cool with its style. This is one of the best cars of all time, so yes, it is fair to state that it should be bought whenever it is found.

1              1965 Buick Riviera GS

The 1965 Buick Riviera GS has a lot of intriguing elements that make it a cool classic to buy. When it comes to its ride quality, this vehicle thrives to an imm10ense level. This is what would allow it to be a top seller during its glory days for GM, so naturally, it has seen its value skyrocket with age.


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