Choosing car nicknames are often one of the most unique and fun aspects of finalizing any car build. Often, a car’s nickname symbolizes a life reflection or memorial tribute for the car’s owner. The former of these two served as a foundation for when Paul Vela was brainstorming to name his newest build. His ’85 Caprice was christened, “Lucky Charm;” an homage to the influences in his life and Lowrider career. “I am truly lucky to have a strong family structure behind me that helps me to raise my young family and support me in building these beautiful cars,” says a grateful Paul Vela. With his grandfather, uncles, and mother all considered leaders in the Gulf Coast Lowrider scene, Paul’s latest build had to uphold tradition. With a previously featured multi-graphic Monte Carlo in our August 2005 issue, “Topless 79,” under his belt, he had even more to live up to. The City Style member found a 1985 Chevy Caprice in H-town and got to work. Paul’s uncles at Leal Bros Paint & Body in Corpus Christi worked their magic and there was little doubt that this project would ultimately yield a show quality ride. Lucky Charm has already claimed numerous awards, including Best of Show honors for paint, flake, graphics, and interior throughout the Texas show circuit. When asked his thoughts on the trophies, Mr. Vela humbly stated, “I don’t build my cars for an award. The fulfillment for me is in the time I spend with the family and the club, as well as the friendships I’ve gained at the shows with fellow competitors? but I will say that it does feel good when you win.” At the end of this year’s show season, the Caprice will head back to the shop for the next phase of its transformation, which will include a chromed engine compartment and full undercarriage. Paul emphasizes that he could not have achieved “Lucky Charm” alone. It was only possible with the support of wife, Lizette, and children Alyssa, Aliyah, and Paul Anthony. He also sends a special thanks to his mom, Linda Leal, and his grandparents, uncles, and City Style C.C. With all that support, Paul is, indeed, the luckiest man cruising down Oceanside Blvd on any given Sunday. Paz, Tejas.
Owner: Paul Vela
City/State: Corpus Christi, TX
Club: City Style C.C.
Body/Paint: Body modifications by Tim Pena. House of Kolor Organic Green sprayed over gold base w/gold flake w/ candy green graphics by Leal Bros Paint & Body. Murals by John Saenz and pinstriping by Eastwood
Engine/Chassis: Stock 305 cu in
Hydraulics: 2 chrome CCE pumps w/4 batteries installed by Ringo Lamb
Interior: Custom console and molded dash by Leal Bros. Biscuit tuck on green and yellow velour by R&R Customs of El Paso, TX
Stereo: Pioneer deck w/Kicker 2500watt amp and 4- 12″ Subwoofers installed on custom molded trunk box
Tires: Hankook 155/80R13
Wheels: Dayton Wire Wheels- chrome dish w/center gold