Most of us don’t realize how we influence others indirectly, but stories like this one here emphasizes just how much of an impact we can have without even speaking. As with most lowrider enthusiasts, inspiration is drawn from family, friends, or just witnessing cars cruising the streets and this story serves as a perfect example. After moving to Los Angeles, Roosevelt Warren became obsessed with lowriding and when asked when the scene first caught his attention, his response was, “When I was in high school I remember going to Crenshaw Boulevard every Sunday. It was at that point that I started dreaming about putting together my own car.”
As with most first-time spectators, it was the cars that first captured his attention, and after years of saving, he was able to buy his first ride which was a 1979 Cadillac Coupe deVille. No stranger to cars, Roosevelt grew up in a family-owned wrecking yard in Oxnard, California, where he saw hundreds of cars come through the yard. During his interaction with patrons, he observed people coming in to buy parts to build or repair cars and the passion and enthusiasm from the customers further influenced his decision to assemble his very own lowrider.
In years past, he’s owned many rides, but this one here was special. This 1962 Impala (found on Craigslist) took Roosevelt to the upper limits, while stepping him up into the next level of customization. As a ground-up restoration, it took him only 10 months from the purchase date to complete the build. From there he appropriately gave his car the moniker, “First Born.” With all nuts and bolts turned to perfection, the car now serves as a rolling platform to showcase the hard work put into the car. It’s a rolling testament to the lowrider culture and this time around it’s safe to say that his First Born is sure to have him planning for more—while also helping to influence the next generation of lowriders.
Vehicle: 1962 Chevrolet Impala
Owner: Roosevelt Warren
Vehicle Nickname: “First Born”
City/State: Las Vegas, Nevada
Club: Street Players
Engine: 383 with 700-R Transmission
Body/Paint: Street Players sprayed the Axalta BMW Red Paint and Zak did the pinstriping.
Interior: Wizards. Las Vegas, original and suede
Suspension: Black Magic three-pump hydros, full frame wrap
Sound System: Street Players Customs installed a Alpine Head Unit Fosgate speakers and amp
Wheels/Tires: 13-inch Zenith, 13-inch Coker Tires