Joel Garcia of Los Angeles, California, knew what he wanted but also knew that he would have to be patient to go about getting it. “I’d been looking for a ’39 Chevy for about two years, until my wife found one in the Recycler,” he says. “The car was in Oakland, California. I went up there one week later to pick it up and then I started working on it.”

And so began the restoration of this once-proud ’39 Chevy Master Deluxe. Joel spent the better part of the next year working on his “Precioso” ’39, receiving help along the way from his fellow Old Memories Car Club-San Gabriel Valley chapter members and various SoCal customizing specialists. The project cost him mucho dinero, but Joel’s been around the lowrider scene long enough to know that show-quality (and yet totally drivable) bombs don’t just happen without writing a few four-figure checks and calling in a few favors.

The finished product is so “precious” that Lowrider Editorial staff members immediately began taking notice when the blue beauty starting popping up at various SoCal car shows. The word went out, a photo shoot was arranged and now we’re pleased to present Precioso on our pages.

PreciosoOwner: Joel Garcia

Vehicle: ’39 Chevrolet Master Deluxe

City/State: Los Angeles, California

Club: Old Memories C.C.-San Gabriel Valley

Engine/Drivetrain: 216-c.i.d. Chevy

Body/Paint: Angel’s Body Shop in Huntington Park, California, smoothed the ’39’s classic contours and applied the dark blue paint. Juan Serrano at La Habra Plating in La Habra, California, took care of the chrome plating chores.

Interior: The OG mohair upholstery with woodgrain accents was the work of Mike Perez of La Puente, California.

Sound System: Nelson at Uniques Stereo Shop in Highland Park, California, came up with a clean system for the ’39.

Suspension: The rickety old suspension was reworked and fitted with airbags by Joe at Ground Control in Chino, California.

Tires: Firestone Deluxe whitewalls

Wheels: Artillery with stock hubcaps