Ask 32-year-old Andres Bardelas how he got into lowriding and his answer is simple: “I’m a car addict!”
You see, at just 5 years old, Andres was building model cars, but he was doing it with a twist. With no interest in building them to spec, Andres was looking for ways to mod his builds by infusing it with cues he had taken from lowriding. From custom paintjobs to wire wheels, he tricked out all of his models; fast-forward to present day and his passion hasn’t stopped—it’s only gotten bigger.
Since then, he’s graduated from 1:8 scale to 1:1 and by the time he was of legal age to drive he had saved up enough money to get himself a 1973 Impala. Upon purchase, he already knew that he’d be treating his fullsize purchase much like the smaller ones he had so easily been building. To start, he began by linking up with master painter Craig “Gringo” Coon—who also happens to be a member of the Miami Car Club, Classic Angels.
Years later, they wound up becoming very good friends and soon enough Andres found himself a member of the infamous club. To his luck, years later, he would find out that a fellow club member was selling a 1995 Cadillac Fleetwood that Gringo had previously painted—needless to say Andres scooped it up.
When he received the Fleetwood, it was nothing more than a rolling chassis with a painted shell. Knowing that he had a lot of work to do, he teamed up with the car club to work on everything from the engine, hydraulic setup, and all the bodywork in their shop called High End Customs.
Once complete, the upholstery was reworked to match the flashy exterior by Joey from Classic Upholstery in Medley, Florida. Since then, Andres has brought life back to the once-neglected Fleetwood, and he’d like to thank everyone for their assistance.
Special thanks goes out to the Classic Angels crew; Gringo, Josue, Eric Rivera, Pincho, and his longtime friend Eric. “We all help each other on everybody’s car,” Andres tells LRM. “It’s been a brotherhood from day one.” He wants to give a special thanks to his wife, Melissa, for supporting this lifestyle that involves most of his time.
1995 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham
Pastel lavender basecoat, 10 different purples with House of Kolor pearls and purple metallic patterns, gold leafing, pinstriping, all paintwork done by Craig “Gringo” Coon, and Eric Rivera
LT1 with Street and Performance pulley kit
1-inch piston pumps to the front, two Showtime 3/4-inch pumps to the back, three Adex dumps, Parker check valves, 12 batteries
double-pillow seats, leather and suede seats done by Joey at Classic Upholstery of Medley, Bardo steering wheel, fiberglass dashboard, and rear deck done by Craig “Gringo” Coon
13-inch center-gold Zenith Wire Wheels, Firestone FR380s