These Incredible Off-Roaders Will Take You Places You Only Imagined

ICON Toyota Jeep Trucks

Photo: courtesy ICON

In the early days of the off-road truck, the Toyota Land Cruiser, Willys CJ, and Ford Bronco were iconic members of the class.Over the years, these trucks have changed massively. The modern Land Cruiser’s only relation to the classic is the name. The Willys CJ became the Jeep Wrangler over time, and it has grown in size and quietly moved upmarket.

And in the case of the Ford Bronco, it tried to help OJ Simpson escape from the police. Then it escaped from dealers all together when Ford ended the production run.

One man decided that the disappearing act these off-roaders were pulling was a terrible magic trick and it was also unacceptable.

ICON was born.

The California based automaker, headed up by Jonathan Ward, uses an almost insane attention to detail to make modern interpretations of these classic trucks. Each is catered to the individual owner, so no two ICONs are exactly the same.

While ICON’s versions of the cars look familiar from the outside, they are anything but. With starting prices above $100,000, ICONs are not meant for the amateur off-roader.

However, the connoisseur will appreciate his unique ride for years to come.

From a distance, the ICON CJ looks like many modified Wranglers on the road and trails today.

Same for the interior. There is no added luxury here. The cars are refreshingly simple.

It's a clean, minimalist appearance that many modifiers work for years to perfect.

But appearance is one thing. ICON trucks are all made of 5/32 inch thick aluminium.

The exterior is coated in a Teflon-based powder coat. The intent is to be resilient and look great for years with minimal maintenance.

And boy are these capable off road. With the specially designed chassis and suspension, these trucks can go up and down grades you had never thought possible.

There's also a range of engines. Diesel and gas options are available in the CJ and FJ models.

And the AMAZING looking Bronco has Ford's 5.0 V8 from the Mustang GT.

That V8 power makes any hill a piece of cake.

The highway is definitely not the preferred domain for one of these trucks.

But take them off road, and the experience makes sense.

And frankly, they are probably not the most enjoyable vehicles to have on the road.

You won't be taking the kids to soccer practice in these cars. Instead, you'll be taking them camping where other off-roaders cannot go.

Here's an easier way to get an individualized ride.

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