For many in the lowrider culture, the Impala is the epitome of what lowrider would have in his or her driveway. Early ’60s bowties have always been a cultural favorite, so it was an easy move for David Rosas of San Pedro, California, to pick one as his pride ride. Even better still, it’s a ragtop, a real head-turner in a car stable; convertibles of just about any manufacturer have their aficionados.

David, who’s in the construction business, knew that he would need professional help in his build-up so he went to the one of the best in the biz, Bowtie Connection in sunny San Pedro. John Kennedy and his staff jumped on the ’62 with all of their skills and knowledge to produce a show-winning ride. A few of those wins include trophies from LRM’s Fontana and San Francisco, California, shows, and the Road Kings show this past season.

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Owner: David Rosas
Vehicle: ’62 Chevrolet Impala convertible
City/State: San Pedro, California
Club: Road Gents C.C.
Engine/Drivetrain: Bowtie Connection is responsible for the 350-c.i.d. transplant that is vintage ’79 with goodies like an MSD ignition, serpentine belt system and custom pulleys, custom fan shroud to house the dual electric fans, Cool-Flex hoses, Bowtie valve covers and a set of Hedman hedders. The drivetrain is made up of 350 tranny and a posi-traction rearend. The exhaust system is a dual Flowmaster setup.
Body/Paint: The car was taken done down to 11th Street Shop in San Pedro who did a great job on keeping the lines on the body true and the two-stage enamel finish super tight.
Interior: The boys at Bowtie Connection jumped on the ragtop and interior using quality materials to keep the OG up to par. Even the dash was refurbished to a factory fresh finish.
Sound System: Accutronics of Carson, California, fabricated an amp rack in the trunk to hold a pair of Rockford Fosgate amplifiers while the interior sports a set of 6×9 Alpine separates, tweeters and Alpine CD head unit tucked in the glove box. A JBL subwoofer gives just enough thumps to the ragtop sound system.
Suspension: David had the dudes at Homie’s Hydraulics swap the hydros out for air suspension. The setup is made up of Firestone bags, two compressors and a stealth air reservoir. The moves the Impala is capable of are front, back and side-to-side. A disc brake upgrade helps the ragtop stop at a moment’s notice. The killer undercarriage was done up by Bowtie Connection.
Tires: P155/80-R13 Remington
Wheels: 13-inch L.A. Wire