Growing up in Pacific Beach, California, (San Diego area), Zack Tackett was surrounded by surfers and skateboarders. Sure, he had seen the lowrider guys here and there, but they seemed to be more in the Logan Heights area, farther south of Pacific Beach. Still, Zack couldn’t deny he thought those lowered rides had some class and looked so nice cruising up the boulevard! They captured everyone’s attention regardless of age or race.
By the age of 15, Zack had it in his mind that he would one day own a classic ride of his own. Eventually, that moment came in the form of a 1962 Impala hardtop that featured a chrome undercarriage and a patterned-out rooftop. Local car clubs had invited Zack to check out their organizations, but he just wasn’t interested until Klique approached. Klique Car Club seemed to be at a level above the rest and had a longtime respect and history that backed up their legacy. Zack joined and he proudly says, “I was the first white dude in Klique, but once I joined, I was like family and I never looked back.”
On Zack’s next attempt at building a lowrider he wanted a convertible since it would be more fitting for his coastal community. Thanks to his friend out in Texas, a 1960 Impala ragtop was located. Zack had the ride transported out to San Diego where the customizing began. Zack didn’t want to go too crazy with patterns, pinstriping, and airbrushed murals. He opted to keep this ride clean and basic for the classic it is, but have the traditional chrome spoke and whitewall wheel-and-tire combination for that unmistakable lowrider look.
Zack sends out special thanks to his wife, Anita Varvatos, and their kids. He also sends big thanks to Klique Car Club, Miguel Aguirre, and Lenny Lochmiller, all of whom helped with the buildup of this Impala known as the “60 Shades of Gray.”
Vehicle Year/Make/Model: 1960 Chevy Impala convertible
Vehicle Nickname: 60 Shades of Gray
Owner: Zack Tackett
City/State: San Diego, California
Club: Klique (San Diego Chapter)
Engine: 1960 Chevy 283 V-8
Body/Paint: The Impala was built by Miguel Aguirre, and Len Lochmiller of San Diego painted the ride an eye-catching charcoal gray color. Chrome plating by Romero’s Polishing in El Cajon, California. The ride features power windows, Nu-Vue spotlights, an Autronic Eye, and a German Stayfast convertible top with the gangster back window.
Wheels/Tires: 13×7-inch Zenith 72-spoke crosslaced / 155/80/13 Quadra whitewall tires
Interior: The OG stock pattern interior with custom colors and ’59 Impala cloth inserts were provided by Ciadellas Interiors in Tempe, Arizona, and installed by Davolos Upholstery in Chula Vista, California
Sound System: Stock