The beginning of each new year is a special time to celebrate. It’s that time of year we make resolutions we’re not going to keep, but on the brighter side it marks the beginning of a new car show season in which you’re either a player or a spectator—and to be honest it sucks to be both. On one hand, spectators anxiously await the release of new builds, while on the other, builders stress out trying to meet their deadlines, which are often short, unrealistic, and a sure way to ruin the Christmas holidays.
But every once in a while someone comes along who’ll beat the odds and go on to break records in more ways than one. One such person is Lupe Alvarez, a man who decided to do a full makeover to his 1962 Impala just 30 days prior to the Miami Show. Yes, you read that right, “30”—as in 30 days. Needless to say, word got around and that’s when the naysayers began gossiping about it being an impossible feat.
Fortunately for Lupe, his friends at David’s Impalas happen to be miracle workers. Getting straight to work, the constant noise at the shop drowned out the gossip, and in the span of a month the frame was completely wrapped, molded, and painted to match the factory Corona Cream exterior. Look underneath and you’ll find a refined and refinished undercarriage that was chromed out and engraved by Krazy Kutting, while the interior was transformed with four custom bucket seats, package trays, center consoles, and custom door panels.
Out back the trunk houses a two-pump setup with six solenoids, four switches, and 2-ton coils up front. And while it’s a striking setup, it offers little competition to what can be found under the hood where the original 283 was rebuilt and mated to a turbo 350 transmission.
In a race to beat the clock, it was the night before the show when the sounds of a hammer tightening up the wire wheels marked completion. It was 10:30 p.m. They were done. But all the hard work and sleepless nights produced even more anxiety in anticipation of its debut. Come show day the car was introduced as “El Guero” and it became a crowd favorite, even taking home a First Place trophy.
That being said, we congratulate Lupe and the David’s Impala crew on a job well done.
1962 Chevy Impala
Chevy 283 with Edelbrock intake, chrome accessories, and engraving
Original 1962 Corona Cream with multi-patterned roof
Molded frame with complete chrome undercarriage powered by a two-pump hydraulic setup
Custom bucket seats with forest green leathers, suede inserts, and digital dash
All-gold 13×7 cross-laced Zenith wire wheels with engraving by Krazy Kutting