Icon’s latest restomod is a 1950 Chevrolet Thriftmaster pickup truck

Icon is perhaps best known for its meticulous Toyota Land Cruiser restomods, but the Los Angeles-based company works with plenty of other vehicles. Its latest build is a 1950 Chevrolet Thriftmaster pickup truck that, in typical Icon fashion, retains its classic style but gets modern upgrades as well.

Christened an “Old School Edition,” the truck has a General Motors-sourced LS3 6.2-liter V-8 in place of its original inline-6. The small-block V-8 produces 430 horsepower while meeting current California emissions standards. It’s coupled to a 4L85-E automatic transmission, with gear changes done through the original column shifter.

Icon also gave the truck independent front and rear suspension, improving handling while preserving some load-hauling capability, according to the company. Brembo disc brakes will likely prove more effective than the stock 1950s-era drums.

Thanks to a previous career as a farm truck, the Thriftmaster required significant restoration work. The truck now wears a

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Automobile’s 24 Hours of Le Mans Frequently Asked Questions

ATTENTION LE MANS FANS! MotorTrend is the EXCLUSIVE SPOT IN THE U.S. where viewers will be able to see all of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Don’t worry, you don’t need to be some sort of Le Mans super fan to enjoy this famed 24-hour endurance race. If you enjoy racing, strategy, cars, or are just looking for something to have something exciting and interesting on in the background while you go about your day(and night, then day again), then the 24 Hours of Le Mans has something to offer you. 

That said, you may find yourself so caught up in the action that you need to know more about the race and its history. Good news! We’ve got you covered by answering the questions you have. 

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Entry-level VW crossover for US to be badged a Taos

The United States misses out on the compact T-Roc crossover SUV, but local Volkswagen fans can look forward to a similar sized offering from the German automaker in the coming year.

The new compact crossover will be called the Taos, VW said Thursday, and the covers will come off October 13.

Volkswagen crossover teaser

The name comes from the town of Taos, New Mexico, which in addition to a rich history is known for its artist community, ski resort, and nearby landscapes that range from plains to the Rio Grande Gorge and Sangre de Cristo mountains.

Teaser shots provide a glimpse of the Taos. The vehicle is expected to be based on the Tharu compact crossover sold in China and Russia. The Tharu spans 175.3 inches in length, with a generous 105-inch wheelbase, has up to 54 cubic feet of storage and is fitted with the choice of 1.2-,

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10 Special Edition Nissan Z Cars: Quick, Luxurious, and Unusual

Over the years, the regular Zs have been special enough, but occasionally Nissan built (or collaborated with a company who could build) some special, limited-edition models. Rare, interesting, and definitely unique, these run the gamut from go-fast specials to luxury cosmetic packages. Take a trip through Nissan’s special Z car history with us.

1970 240Z Fairlady Z432/Z432R

The original 240Z’s inline-six was potent enough for the period, but no one could blame Nissan for trying to hot-rod. That’s exactly what the Z432 is. Under the hood is an S20 engine making 158 horsepower. That engine was pulled directly out of the legendary, range-topping Skyline 2000GT-R, giving it even more mystique. It could rev out to 7,000 RPM, wild for the time. The “432” part of the name refers to its four valves per cylinder, triple carburetors, and twin camshafts, respectively. Extremely rare

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