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The Icon CJ3B Looks As Good As It Crawls

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On: Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 12:02PM | By: David Walter

The Icon CJ3B Looks As Good As It Crawls

Meet the Icon CJ3B. It’s not a Jeep or a Willys. It’s not a Land Cruiser either. It's just… an Icon.

Despite what it may look like, it’s actually a new vehicle—currently hand-built in Los Angeles, CA. Although they resemble those classic 4x4s, Icon’s vehicles are completely custom built—rather than being some sort of off-roading Frankenstein’s monster.

While those Land Cruisers, Jeeps, and Willys are still beloved by endless bearded off-roaders, none of them are perfect. For example, the passenger seats in the old Land Cruisers weren’t adjustable (limiting comfort and easy access to the rear seats) and the gas tank sat under the seat—inside the cabin! But, thanks to decades of both literal and metaphorical trailblazing, Icon is able to engineer the ultimate trail-ready rock crawler—no mods necessary.

Every body panel is protected with a Teflon-polyester hybrid powder coat—so there’s no need to worry about rust or scratches. Under the hood, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder provides 210 horsepower and helps keep the weight down to around 3,000 pounds. With the flip of a switch, both front and rear locking differentials can be controlled independently. Both axles can be controlled independently as well thanks to a uniquely designed dual-stick transfer case. And of course, the suspension and chassis are heavy duty with rock-crawling in mind.

As you might expect, the hand-built, specially engineered CJ3B doesn’t come cheap. Pricing starts at $77,000. For more info, go to Icon website (http://icon4x4.com/).

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