To say that 22-year-old James DeHerrera of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a natural in the game is an understatement. He’s young, but the amount of experience he has is astounding. When he was 8 years old, James’ father owned a few lowriders. “I remember sitting at the kitchen table with my dad and he was looking through magazines with the name LOWRIDER on it,” James tells us. “I didn’t know what they were at the time, but I soon found out.
His father was browsing the magazine for new and creative things to add to his classic lowrider. At that moment, James became a true enthusiast and he was never the same. After first building a ’64 Impala and then later selling it, James was on the lookout for an older body style. He found a 1961 Chevy Impala for sale in Texas, laid down the asking price, and brought the Chevy back home to Colorado. To bring the Impala straight into true lowrider status, James added a set of wire wheels.
To match the already perfect paint, James brought the car to Bill Crider’s Auto Repair shop and they put the Impala on the rotisserie to ensure the entire undercarriage carried the same gold standard as the outside. His friend Chuckie came in and laid down some gold leafing and pinstriping to make it stand out even more.
James wanted to thank his sisters Emily and Estrella as well as his father James Sr. James’ father also has a custom ’63 Chevy Impala SS and on weekends they make time to cruise together. With friends like Chuckie, Bill Crider, and all the local car clubs in Colorado, it makes sense that Pot of Gold isn’t the only thing high in the Rocky Mountains.
1961 Chevy Impala
Pot of Gold
James DeHerrera Jr.
Colorado Springs, CO
Stock 283 with two-speed Powerglide transmission, chrome dress-up kit
Tan suede doors and seats, pinstriping on dashboard, NOS White Donut steering wheel
PPG Camel Beige, gold metalflake, white pearl top, pinstriping and leafing by Chuckie
Two CCE pumps, fat boy blocks, four batteries, four switches
13×7 straight-laced 72-spoke Dayton wire wheels / P155/80R13 Champion Leman’s tires