Richard Luna remembers seeing his first Chevy Bomb. It was a 1948 Chevy Fleetline that his neighbor in his hometown of Wilmington, California owned. The car had primer spots and the original interior, but it was low and slow like a Chevy Bomb is supposed to be. He was hooked on that car and vowed that one day he would have his own Chevy Bomb.
After high school, Richard attended California State University at Dominguez Hills and started to work for Pacific Bell, where he learned the basics of telecommunications. In 1988, Richard started his own telecommunications company and still owns the company today. Because of the success of this endeavor, Richard and his wife, Irma, have been able to invest in their three daughters’ secondary education as well as their love for classic cars.
The ’42 convertible is the tenth car that Richard has restored over the past 30 years. It was purchased from a well respected collector in Missouri. His first Chevy was a 1948 Chevy Fleetmaster, which he purchased back in ’81. For the next 15 years, Richard and a couple of friends worked on the car when time allowed in their respective lives. In ‘95, Richard and his family purchased another 1948 Chevy Fleetline and had the car restored to original condition. The Luna family started showing the car at shows and took first place at the 1997-98 Los Angeles Lowrider Super Show in their category. Over the years, Richard has purchased a 1948 Chevy convertible, 1964 Chevy Impala convertible, 1941 Chevy coupe, a 1941 Chevy convertible, 1942 Chevy convertible, 1942 Chevy Fleetline and a 1941 Chevy Woodie Cantrell, which happens to be one of only three in existence in the world. The car that means the most to Richard and his family is the 1985 Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz that was purchased new by his father who passed away in 1990. The family had the car restored and they use it as their daily driver.
Richard and his family are a prime example of today’s Lowrider family. Not only do they support his decisions to restore classic Chevys, they too, are involved in the Lowriding culture. With that, Richard would like to thank his wife Irma, his daughters, his good friend, Jose Chavez, his crew and his car club Bomb Connection for their love and support. With an already impressive fleet of classic Chevys, we can only imagine what Richard will come out with next. Chances are it will be rare and convertible!
“The Maroon Mamba”
Owner: Richard Luna
Vehicle: 1942 Chevy Convertible
Club: Bomb Connection
City/State: Wilmington, CA
Paint: Jose Chavez from All Glass & Body sprayed the two-stage Maroon paint job on the ’42.
Interior: Jose Chavez from All Glass & Body added the Hampton Coach original pattern leather interior kit.
Suspension: Original Stock Chevrolet Suspension.
Wheels: Original Chevrolet 16 inch.
Tires: Firestone 16-inch white walls.
Accessories: Spot light, Umbrella holder, Red Head Flashlight, GM Compass, GM Tissue Dispenser, Remote Radio Tuner, Skirts, Armrest and Deluxe Radio.