When people talk about their dream cars, you hear names like Ferrari and Shelby and Bentley. It’s rare that you hear someone talk about their love of the Chevrolet Caprice, circa the mid 1990s. That’s right, the classic cop car that you never want to see in your rearview mirror.
But while Icon 4x4’s Jonathan Ward is known more for his inspired takes on the classic Toyota FJ Land Cruiser and Ford Bronco, he is also a man who loves a challenge. So when a client came to him with a Caprice that had done duty in the Miami-Dade police department and asked him to turn it into a vehicle that said “Get the fuck out of my lane,” sotto vocce in that unmistakable cop voice, Ward was happy to oblige.
One reason Ward rarely works on cars from the ‘90s is because of all the plastic on them. So he made it his mission to get rid of as much of the material as possible. The original grill was laser scanned and then a new one was machined out of aluminum, as were the hood ornament and door handles. The wheels look like the stock versions but they are larger and lighter to increase performance.
The interior features heated Recaro seats covered in top grain Italian leather and custom instrument gauges and the original engine was replaced with a 430-horsepower GM motor and six-speed transmission.
The original push bar was kept intact, so if anyone is foolish enough to stay in the lane when this thing pops up in the rearview, the driver can just gently nudge him out of the way.
Now the only question is, can it outrun a real police cruiser?