The 1958 Impala hits home for many Angelinos and it’s a car that’s got deep-seated roots for both lowrider and hot rod enthusiasts alike. Some would say that it’s due to its elegant, long, and low-slung design, while others take pride in the fact the ’58 model was assembled in South Gate, California. Yet regardless your standpoint, the one thing that can’t be argued, is that it’s a ride that commands respect.
In all, the chrome trim and angular lines present a car that speaks volumes about design sophistication. Its rounded fins, shorter “greenhouse,” and longer rear deck make the car look like a beast and this one here (shot in all black) makes it that much more menacing.
With a construction time of two years and a total of $25,000 spent on top of the purchase price, this ’58 owned by Kenichi Nakazato, is no run-of-the-mill piece. Rather, it’s a somewhat traditional build that features artwork by that ninja OG Abel. Now, if you’re even slightly versed in street wear or lowriding, you’d recognize his name in an instant and to have a piece of his artwork grace your car is a milestone in itself. He’s a legend in his own right, and at first glance my first inclination was to devise a way to steal Kenichi’s trunk – up until I thought of how suspect it would be to carry it around the show and ship it back to L.A.
With that asinine idea out of the question, a quick overview of the vehicle offered a look into a car well built. The lines were flawless, the paint on point, and just to see it laid out reminds us all why we love this game. It’s a timeless piece that is sure to appreciate in value, and a car which represents not only the car club “Life in the Ghetto,” but also the strength of the movement that all started here in Los Angeles.
Vehicle: 1958 Chevy Impala
Vehicle name: Black Jack
Club: Life in the Ghetto
Engine: ’79 Chevy 400 mated to a TH350 transmission. Work performed by Kurakaw Auto Custom
Hydraulics: 8-inch cylinders for both front and back. 3-ton springs up front, 2-ton springs in rear. Kurakaw Original pumps, Adex dumps, four switches, four solenoids, four batteries, 3/8 original blocks.
Suspension: Extended A-arms performed by Kurakaw, stock rear arms
Muralist: OG Abel
Audio/Video: Full Kicker system installed by Kurakaw
Wheels/Tires: 13-inch LA Wheels / Maxxis