ICON Tesla 1949 Mercury Coupe
Jonathon Ward is known for his Icon restomods, especially Toyota Land Cruiser FJs, and his Derelict series has been around for quite some time. His latest project transforms a 1949 Mercury coupe into an all-electric vehicle, this pairs a Tesla powertrain with an untouched-looking exterior, besides some suspension work. Beneath the shell, you’ll find a full Art Morrison custom frame, a Derelict badge and even one of Ward’s signature lizard sculptures. For those heading to the Geneva Motor Show next week, you’ll be able to see it in-person. Read more for an up-close look.



The original gas cap hides a cleverly placed Tesla supercharger connector, and behind the license plate is a CHAdeMO receptacle. On the inside, there’s plenty of period-appropriate upholstery, power windows that operate via the original manual window cranks, digital gauges by Andromeda and A/C vents that now perforate the dash.


ICON Tesla 1949 Mercury Coupe
ICON Tesla 1949 Mercury Coupe
ICON Tesla 1949 Mercury Coupe
ICON Tesla 1949 Mercury Coupe
ICON Tesla 1949 Mercury Coupe
ICON Tesla 1949 Mercury Coupe
Under the hood, it comes equipped with battery controllers and a full 85-kWh set of Tesla batteries spread around the car with some placed underhood that slightly resemble a V8 engine. The electric motors produce 470 lb-ft of torque and the equivalent of about 400 horsepower. On a 90-minute recharge, you can expect between 150-200 miles of range.