Making its mark on the New Mexico lowriding scene (and now on the cover of our Ford issue) is Tony Hidalgo’s ’79 Lincoln Mark V, “Beauty Mark,” now rolling out of Las Cruces in the “Land of Enchantment,” but originally built in Southern California. This candy violet luxury low-low is guaranteed to turn heads violently wherever it goes and represent Imperials Car Club to the fullest.
“I bought the car in Palm Springs, California, 10 years ago,” Tony tells us, which explains the exclusive presence of the Southern California shops and individuals listed in the Tech Specs. In fact, Tony’s Southern California cruising history goes back to at least the early ’80s when he first joined Imperials C.C. After relocating to New Mexico and dealing with other priorities like his career and family, Tony started “flying the plaque” again when the club asked him to “get back in.”
Tony thanks his fellow Imperials members for their support, as well as Victoria “my girl,” and everyone else who labored on his Lincoln. Although it’s a product of the Southern California scene, Tony’s clean street cruiser is now one of the many cool customs rolling low in New Mexico.
Beauty MarkOwner: Tony Hidalgo
Vehicle: ’79 Lincoln Mark V
City/State: Las Cruces, New Mexico
Club: Imperials C.C.
Engine/Drivetrain: Stock 400-c.i.d. 6.6-liter Ford small-block
Body/Paint: Javier “Mexico” Gomez of South Gate, California, performed the prep work and sprayed the candy violet paint, with Mike Lamberson of Ontario, California, putting down his usual fine pinstriping. Exterior mods include a modified front bumper, chopped to reveal the full grille. Universal Plating in Irwindale, California, made sure that Tony went home with the chrome.
Interior: Roger Valadez of Top Shop in Moreno Valley, California, laid out leather and suede that’s a long way from the factory upholstery.
Sound System: While he was radically reworking the interior, Roger Valadez incorporated new audio equipment, including a Pioneer head unit, into the mix.
Setup: Richard at Evergreen Hydraulics in Montebello, California, crafted a chrome-plated and hard-lined two-pump trunk setup featuring four remote dumps, two slow-down valves, four batteries and three switches.
Tires: 5.20 Premium Sportway
Wheels: OG wires