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Icon's Derelict 1949 Hudson is a Nashville barroom bruiser

Despite its Corvette's heart and alligator insides, the Icon Derelict Hudson is more subtle than you'd think.

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Icon Derelict 1949 Hudson Super Six

Icon's 1949 Hudson is a more traditional interpretation of the Derelict formula than the 1949 Mercury coupe.

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That doesn't mean it wasn't without its issues though. Hudson's early unibody construction design presented challenges.

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As did the previous owner's affinity for doodads.

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The build, which may look like a big black sedan on the outside, is wrapped in finest alligator and cow leather inside.

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The backbone of the build consists of a one-off set of Art Morrison-designed subframes.

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The motive power for the car comes courtesy of a Chevrolet LS9 from a C6-generation ZR1 Corvette.

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There is no denying that even with its checked and patinated exterior, the big Hudson has presence.

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